Be Willing to Change (Excerpt from Creating a Healthy Work Environment)

Avoid the rut of doing things one way just because it has ‘always been done that way. Take responsibility for innovation.

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-9-03-28-amIt has been said that the definition of a rut is a grave with both ends cut out. Well, that may be a bit extreme, but the point is well made. If an employer or leader is a visionary and is following the mandate of that position to always be future focused, change will be essential for staying on the forefront. Be careful not to fall into the category of “doomsayer” by getting stuck in a rut, unwilling to change. Honor the actions that have worked well, but be willing to move on when times and situations require. If you cannot embrace change and growth, you will either sap the energy of your colleagues—or you will get left behind.

Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up. —James Belasco, PhD

Jess Webber, MHA President and DEO of Jameson Management, Inc, says this about change:

“In a work environment, teams depend on each other to do their part. In a healthy work environment, everyone trusts each other to accomplish their responsibilities and, together, everyone moves the organization forward as a team of responsible adults working and trusting together. When you surpass the norm and work in a place where people can be trusted to contribute at a high level, an organization thrives and change becomes possible. While products, services, and delivery of services may change, the values of the company do not change.”

As you work toward Creating a Healthy Work Environment, you will go through many changes. Be well prepared. You can do it. Take things one step at a time. Recognize each step and be grateful for the movement forward. When you express sincere gratitude and appreciation along the path, people will respond with returned support and faithful effort.

How has this played out in your environment? Do you need to take a step out of the normal routine? Let’s connect. You can leave a comment for me below, or find me on Facebook and Twitter. I would love you hear your story!