When things go wrong at work, your first thought is going to be how you can protect your job. After all, without your career, the rest of your life can very quickly succumb to various pressures, not the least of which is financial.
The problem is, sometimes, even when you’re doing your best in a job you love, your workplace might suffer a major upheaval. Companies go bankrupt—the economy shifts. A natural disaster or pandemic might even take away your ability to do your job at all. What then?
You start with keeping your head and following these six tips:
Bring up the Energy in the Room – Optimists wanted! When things are going wrong, which affects your work life, don’t be that one person sitting around and complaining. Instead, by staying positive and looking for the best outcomes, you’re already ahead of the curve.
Lend a Hand – There’s a lot to be said for people with enough gumption to take the initiative and offer to help out when they see an opportunity to do so. This kind of willingness to jump in will be remembered when things straighten out again later.
Show Creativity – Outside of the box, solutions are always welcome, especially during an upheaval. These are the times when doing what’s always worked before not only has stopped working but might even be making things worse—being able to adapt to new ideas and find solutions that fit the crisis and invaluable at times like this.
Adapt – Upheaval calls for the ability to let go of the old ways and adapt to the new status quo. You can’t be floundering right now. This is the time to rise to the challenges being presented in this new world.
Show Empathy – Change is hard. A crisis makes everything much harder. Now is the perfect time to reach out to your co-workers. How can you help them to adapt?
Hang in There – Finally, the most important thing is to stay the course. If you can persevere even under these conditions, such dedication will not go unnoticed. For this reason, more than anything else, you need to dig your heels in and flat out refuse to quit doing what you know is right, no matter what happens next.
Remember, upheaval happens, but it doesn’t have to derail your career completely. Being smart and savvy is what’s going to keep you going even when the going gets tough. Hang in there, and you’ll be just fine.