How to Build Your Adaptability in the Workplace

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Emily GibsonContent Creator

Friday, December 10, 2021

Organizational changes, hirings, firings and location changes: these workplace changes are all happening more than ever. It can be easy to lose your footing during these changes, but luckily, adaptability is a learned skill that you can build over time.

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How to Build Your Adaptability in the Workplace

Adaptability is the ability to quickly and seamlessly transition with little to no disruption. Having adaptability skills will increase your productivity, improve your mental health, and be extremely impressive to upper management.

To help you cope with changes in the office, we have curated four ways to build your adaptability in the workplace.

1. Ask questions

Don’t get left in the dark. Take initiative to ask questions about changes happening around the workplace. This will help you understand what is happening around you and prevent unknown impacts from coming your way. Asking questions will keep you in the loop and productive though disruptions may be happening around you.

Consider scheduling a meeting with your manager to get all of your questions answered. Make sure to go into the meeting with an open mind and solution-oriented attitude.

2. Communicate

When you have a great team surrounding you, changes will be less intense. Your co-workers are experiencing these changes as well, so they can be a great support system as you can all practice empathy towards each other.

Not to mention, ineffective communication is the most common cause of workplace failures. You will strengthen your whole workplace with amazing communication skills.

3. Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is a therapeutic skill for anyone to learn. Mindfulness is the practice of acknowledging your feelings as valid and important. During periods of change, it can be easy for stress to take control and lose your focus. Practicing mindfulness can eliminate some of that stress.

Consider taking a free mindfulness training course, practicing deep breathing or keeping a journal. All of these mindful practices can create a less stressed and more productive you.

4. Be positive

It can be very easy to slip into a negative mindset during periods of big change. Practicing positive thoughts is an easy way to see the new opportunities associated with change. Positivity is contagious so when you practice positivity about big changes aloud, it will help your whole workforce take notice of the positives. This is sure to impress your bosses as well.

In order to practice positivity, negate negative thoughts, practice gratitude, and talk through negative thoughts with a therapist. Positivity will help you embrace change, rather than be scared of it.

Adaptability is a learned skill, but once you have nailed it, you will be a better and more productive employee. This is certain to improve your entire career. To learn more about adaptability in the workplace, check out the infographic below.

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Emily Gibson

Content Creator

Emily is a content creator for Bestow. When she's not typing away at a computer, you can find her hiking with her dog or watching live music.

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