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Change is inevitable. It’s a lesson we’ve relearned in the past two years. The pandemic didn’t just affect us personally. It’s transformed how we work. With this upheaval, our personalities and coping mechanisms are more prevalent than ever. Some people thrive working alone and have seen an increase in productivity, while others yearn for the structure of the office.
Which camp does your team fall into? The Tick personality profiling tool can help you better understand the inner workings of your people.
To keep your workplace running effectively, there are things you can do to help your employees cope with change. It doesn’t matter whether they’re at the top of their career or have recently joined the team, we can’t ignore the importance of personalities and how it relates to change.
5 tips for overcoming change
Here are five tips to help your team embrace change, not fight it.
- Acknowledge change: The best thing to do is actually acknowledge that it’s happening. Recognise and accept it, so you can manage it. Yes, Zoom meetings are the norm now.
- Face fears: Change, the unknown, can be scary. Encourage your people to take some time out. Write down their fears and talk about it as a group. Get it all out there in the open and work through it, together. But first, make sure you understand which Tick bird type group each person falls into.
- Replace the negative with the positive: Don’t let your staff ruminate over negative thoughts in their head. Walk them through replacing their fears with positive thoughts. Ask them to describe what they see to be the negative aspects of the change and the impact it has on their lives. There could be a lot going on underneath the surface (which is exactly why knowing how they tick is critical so you can spot it).
- Be part of the change: Let your staff be part of the new way of working. Encourage them to welcome change as an opportunity, not a threat. Use the personality results to adjust the team structure, so you’re attributing the right tasks and projects to their personalities. For example, your sweet Doves adore the companionship, whereas your Owls are more withdrawn and quieter.
- Communicate, communicate, communicate: Positive change, can only work if people engage with each other. What makes change scary is the unknown, so create the space to encourage active dialogue.
Poor change management can lead to an unhappy worker and an uninspired team. The most important takeaway is the importance of knowing the needs of your people, on an intrinsic level. Use Tick’s personality profiling tool to discover what bird type they are and how best to approach and accept change.
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