How To Cope With Change When You Become The Boss

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Becoming the boss often requires a shift in focus as well as increased flexibility. Be sure not to miss our 5 top tips to become the boss you've always wanted to be!

Change is difficult, no matter who you are. How you react to that change is very important, especially if you’re the boss of your company. Not only do you have to make important decisions for your company, but you will also have to set a good example for employees.

These tips will help you cope with change in the workplace.

#1 Shift Your Focus

Advancement is not necessarily synonymous with management. But, it is likely that you’ll have to lead others when climbing up the ranks in your job. Going from a junior position to a managerial role requires a shift in focus. Your job is no longer solely completing the tasks assigned to you. You will now need to teach others how to perform their jobs well too.

It’s not a question of ‘if change will happen’. Change is inevitable, no matter how big or small. You need to think of how you will react when it does happen.

Coping with change as the boss means you also have your employees to think about. Consider how best to react or cope with change as a team. You could even involve them in the decision-making process.

#2 Think About Your Team

Change within the workplace won’t just affect you. As a boss, it is your responsibility to look after your employees.

In an environment of uncertainty, your employees may feel uneasy. Whether it be a new client, an employee on maternity leave or a new boss. This could lead to further change, such as a discontented employee resigning.

Bear in mind the age range of your employees. Millennials are now starting full-time work. The type of leadership they appreciate will differ from someone from the Baby Boomers’ era. Millennials appreciate transparency and good communication. Keeping your employees happy during periods of change will prevent further complications.

#3 Have A Plan

Change will cause you to think on your feet and act quickly. You’ll need to be prepared when this happens.

Consider situations that may cause a change in your workplace and come up with potential solutions. If an employee resigns, there is more than one potential solution. This includes a counteroffer, new training, share work or transitioning a current employee into a new role.

#4 Look At The Positives

Bosses aren’t fortune tellers. When unpredicted change does happen, it helps to find the positives in the situation.

Perhaps one of your employees has resigned. Instead of finding someone to replace their exact skills and experience, you could take a different approach. This could be an opportunity to transition a junior employee looking to upskill.

Some situations may also give you the power to foster meaningful change in your organization, especially for your team. Consider pushing for a better work environment so that both you and your team can adapt to change. You can do so by establishing employee benefits. Keeping your employees happy will prevent further change.

#5 Surround Yourself With Positive Energy

As cliché as it sounds, surrounding yourself with positive people will make you feel happier. Being in the right mindset will help you to not only cope with change but also with how to proceed following the change.

Likewise, negativity will make your life a lot harder. Remove yourself from negative situations. Fatigue can lead to burnout. Switch to a different task instead of stressing and tiring yourself out on something you can’t find a solution to. Most importantly, it’s ok to ask for help even if you’re a leader.

It’s no surprise that becoming a boss is a stressful role. There’s a lot of pressure on you for crucial decision-making, leadership and company success. Remember that coping with change comes with time. Let your emotions diffuse before reassessing the situation and making a decision.



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