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Fall is upon us, and while the weather may be a bit cooler and football season has begun, there is a transition period that allows us to get used to the new season. The weather takes a bit of time to adjust from hot to cool. The long daylight hours gradually shorten. It can feel like these changes happen suddenly, but it takes more than one day for the sun to set hours earlier.

These changes happen subtly, so we don’t always notice that they’re happening until the final result. This is something that happens in companies, too. Businesses are constantly undergoing changes, and these changes aren’t always seamless or easy. They can be messy and they can take time, just like the weather often is when it changes from summer to fall.

If your company has been going through some changes, or changes are soon to occur, it’s important to be patient and remember that, just like the change in season, this is a transition period for all of those involved. The leaves on the trees don’t turn hues of red and orange overnight, and someone recently appointed department head won’t feel 100% comfortable in their role overnight.

If your role in your company is changing:

  • Anticipate the change–things will be different
  • Accept that there will be bumps in the road, but don’t be too hard on yourself
  • If others want to help you, let them
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions

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If the company is changing but your position remains the same:

  • Be patient with others, and don’t be too hard on them
  • Know that you might have more of a workload right now, but it won’t last
  • Help others without helping too much
  • Be willing to answer questions

There is flexibility involved from both positions; keep in mind that the change in season and the change in workplace dynamic are temporary, but will eventually change again.

We wish you and your company a happy fall, and hope that your seasonal transition and any workplace transitions go as smoothly as possible.

 

 

Photo Credits:
Changing Leaves “Brian A. Jackson / Shutterstock” — Businessman “Rawpixel.com / Shutterstock”