“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” (H.P. Lovecraft)
Change is inevitable and necessary these days in order for businesses and organisations to survive and thrive. Sometimes it is within our control, but most often, it’s not. Our jobs or roles change — and not always for the better. Our organizations undergo reorgs and revamp their strategies, and we need to adjust. We must learn to overcome fear and embrace the changes ahead.
Acknowledge the change
The most important thing to do when change is happening in the workplace is to acknowledge it. Recognising and accepting change is one of the first steps towards managing it.
Face your fears
Write down your fears in an objective form – this can stop you dwelling on them. Go through each fear and write down what you would do if that fear came to pass. Knowing you have a plan can really help to defuse the emotional anxiety.
Confront your feelings and seek support
Face your feelings about fear and the transition you are going through, especially when the change is imposed and beyond your control (this could be that you have to cope with a loss of a team or / and a project that you really care about). You don't have to act as a victim, even when you are not in control. The best thing to do is to accept your feelings and then reach out to close colleagues, partner, loved ones and talk to them about what you are feeling.
Stop the fearful thoughts and replace them with something positive
Fear can come from creating negative thoughts and scenarios in your head about what the future holds. The moment you become fearful and have negative thoughts, stop them in their tracks and turn them into something positive. Ask yourself questions: In the past when I handled change really well what did I do? How did I handle it? What actions did I take that really worked for me?
Instead of hiding from your fear and creating to keep it away from you, be open and flexible to on new challenges and tasks. Chansky says to approach change with an open attitude of learning. “Even if you don't like something new in the system, if you are flexible, people will want to work with you, and there is a greater chance of change. If you “rage against the machine, so to speak, no one is going to rush to have your back.”
Be part of the change
Adopt an attitude of anticipation and excitement. Change as an opportunity. Get involved in new committees and work teams. Be an influencer and driver of change. That way you will feel empowered and less fearful. See the positive the way forward.
Communication, communication and more communication
Communication is always important and especially when you face change. Part of the fear of change is the unknown. If the organisation is not communicating change effectively, make it your business to be proactive in finding out more about what the change involves. Don’t sit back. Talk to your boss, your boss’s boss and your co-workers to get their understanding. Don't make these sessions negative. Ask onstructive questions to find out meaningful information to help you understand better. Be aware that sometimes when talking to co-works news can be distorted and can be mixed with.
Reduce Stress and anxiety
In times of stress, we may feel tired and this is the time when we need to focus on being strong, fit, healthy and resilient. To be resilient you need to be calm and in control so that you are able to make good, clear and rational decisions. Focus on your exercise and nutrition, breathe deeply and smile. This doesn’t have to be extensive; 20-30 minutes of meditation; yoga or even walking to clear your head is sufficient.
Have a sense of meaning
Take time to take stock of how valuable you are to the organisation. Acknowledge your successes and the valuable skills and attributes you offer the organisation. This is perhaps the time to make yourself more valuable. Research tells us that valuable employees typically get through changes unscathed, or even better than before.
Continue to do your work and see the big picture
It is easy during times of reorganisation to sit back and see what will happen tomorrow. It is easy to have that attitude as in some cases the work you are doing might change. However, remember that until you have a new direction you need to focus on achieving your designated goals and tasks. Remember that a great positive attitude should impress a future boss.
The bottom line is, change is inevitable for all organisations today, so you’ll need to overcome your fear of it. Change can be frightening and disruptive. However, with the right attitude, outlook and actions, you can find opportunities in that change.
Resources: WM Consulting and LinkedIn
5 May 1906
TThe first electric tram in Melbourne, Australia, begins operating.
9 May 1927
The Australian Federal Parliament moves from Melbourne to Parliament House in Canberra.
12 May 1856
A victory march is held in Victoria following the introduction of the eight hour working day.
14 May 1855
Australia's first branch of the Royal Mint (London) commences operations in Sydney.
15 May 1900
Women win the vote in Western Australia.
21 May 2008
It is reported that the Tasmanian government has declared the Tasmanian Devil an endangered species.
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Tell us about your internship experience.
As far as my experience as an intern I entirely feel like I gained better experience here than I would have had I stayed in Kansas. My placement here allowed me to actually work one-on-one with patients and learn focuses specific to the company. Not only did I learn more about my field of interest, but I also learned things that would benefit me in my personal life.
What do you think about the Australian Culture?
Australian culture is similar yet different from the U.S. Talk about fitness fiends. All ages here were active on the daily. Serving sizes at restaurants and even simple things like peanut butter, were half that of the states. I found it interesting to learn about the cost of living here and of course the gun laws (after the incidents that occurred in the U.S. during my stay here).
Do you have any funny story that happened during your internship?
Something funny that happened to a co-worker (also from the states) was when our supervisors asked him to provide “Morning Tea” for the next day and he legitimately showed up with bags of tea. FYI “Morning Tea” in Australia means breakfast biscuits and small finger foods, not a relaxing drink that will leave your co-workers feeling “hangry.”
What is your advice for future interns?
SUNSCREEN!! I was warned multiple times about the intensity of the sun and that it is no joke to wear sunscreen even if you are just walking about. UV levels in Australia get ridiculously high in the summer, in fact I wasn’t even aware of what a “UV level of 12” meant until I arrived in the country.
Second, prepare to know alternative words for foods. I spent about an hour walking around the supermarket trying to find a darn spaghetti squash until I finally asked a worker and he had to google what a spaghetti squash was because he had never heard of it before!!
Final advice would be to prepare yourself for a commute to work. Even those who were not interning OR using public transport, still had a commute of about 45-50 minutes simply because traffic.
Would you recommend this program to friends and family?
Australian Internships was an excellent choice for my study not only because they were so helpful and interactive during my stay, but also because my school required that I had a 15 week program – which was not offered online – and Australian Internships accommodated to my needs with no issue. I have already recommended this program to future Jayhawk students looking to intern overseas!
I have lived in Australia for over 25 years, and previously lived in Sweden, France and USA.
I have worked for Australian internships for more than 7 years. I also work for the Swedish Consulate here in Brisbane so I have extensive experience regarding visas which is beneficial to the interns. I love to travel, seeing new places and meeting new people.
How would you describe your work?
In my role I work a lot with visas. I have to work closely with everyone here in the AI team to make sure that all candidates have the best chance possible to achieve their dreams. My job is very rewarding and exciting and even though I don’t meet each candidate, I still feel like I know them.
What do you like the most about your work?
My job is very varied and I have to work closely with lots of different people which makes it interesting.
Your message to the interns:
Worry less. Smile more. Listen carefully. Accept what you can’t change and embrace the lessons in life.
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