What if you just heard that your organization is going through another restructuring? It looks like it will affect your position, but you’re not sure. What should you do? Here is some advice:
- Offer solutions to your leadership, don’t just point out problems. A guy that I supervised once seemed to think that his constant discovery of problems added to his reputation of being observant and analytical. The reality was that he created a reputation of being a complainer. It is fine to discover problems, but step up to the plate and create a solution.
- Regard the reorganization as a challenge or even an adventure. Normally once these reorganizations are announced they are inevitable. Complaining or resisting will only hurt you not stop the reorg. The sooner that you can reorient your mind from resistance to adapting the better.
- Don’t be the guy that last week complained about monotony at work and this week complains about change. It is impossible to please complainers and eventually they need to stop or removed. Any leader knows that type of person is cancer to an organization.
- On the other hand, if you are not regular complainer (don’t assess this yourself, get trusted friends to give you feedback) and this reorganization proves one more time that its leadership can’t do anything right, this is a signal that you should prepare to leave. This will make you and your supervisor happier.
- Offer support to your leadership. This whole thing probably isn’t easy for him either. Work to be an insider, a team player rather than isolating yourself with the anti-reorg crowd. Spend extra time filling in the gaps created by the chaos even if it isn’t your job. End up with relationships and a reputation that are not strained but even healtier than before.
- It is possible that you will come out better personally in a restructuring (that’s how they are normally advertised isn’t it? Sometimes it is actually true!). Consider your strengths. Is there a new position or a way to modify your current position that will help the organization and your situation? Talk to leadership about how your solution will help the organization.
- Remember that this isn’t a surprise to God. Remind yourself to trust in His kindness.
See leadership insights on yesterday’s post: “So your organization is restructuring again?”