There are some exciting changes happening at my workplace. I can’t go into how it affects me because not everyone knows yet- there were meetings upon meetings yesterday and still not everyone knows. I think I was at my branch for a total of two hours out of an eight hour work day, partially because I wanted to make sure I was there with my staff when they heard the changes that affected them.
All day long at the central location, there were all these closed door meetings. And there have been a lot of changes in our system in the past year- we got a new director, we got an additional library manager, and things have been shifting. It’s been a lot of change. And some things haven’t changed, and some of the changes haven’t been implemented yet. And some haven’t been implemented the way they should have been, and some have downright failed. But some have been better, and those that have taken the more positive attitude have had an easier time with things.
There comes a point in work where you have to know where to draw your lines. If you’re going to buck and kick and rear back and every change, and be negative over everything that’s happening, then you need to examine WHY you’re being that way. I’m not saying you have to be the immediate cheerleader, either- take a step back, and give a good, long critical look and see what needs to be changed and why. Scan your workplace as if you were coming into it for the first time.
If you’re workplace is giving you a way to change things, let them know what you want to change and back it up with reasons, not just “it sucks”. If they’re coming to you with “this needs to change” don’t just say,” we like it, it’s always been this way”- take a minute and see how they’re looking at it. It may be that they’re coming at it from a different viewpoint, and one that’s completely valid. You might be pleasantly surprised at what the changes bring.