Surviving Organizational Changes

In today’s organization, change is part of management prerogative and economic move. Business survival depends not only on cash flow but its most important asset as well; its workforce. Downsizing happens for cost-cutting reasons so that only the jobs with the major impact on the organization is retained. If the organization needs to keep the current activities or jobs of the laid-off employees, they have the option to hire contractual employees to do these non-core activities.

Reorganization happens when the top management sees that merging two departments or sections would benefit the whole organization. Transferring of people from one department to another is also reorganization and even the dissolution of a department or section. The bottomline for all of these is profit; the organization must increase its labor productivity without sacrificing the quality of output.
When Department Heads are transferred to another department or are faced to welcome additional load due to department merging, it’s normal to get upset about it. After all, change, no matter how constant and inevitable it is, is not always welcomed by those affected by it.

How Do We Survive Organizational Change?
1. Always be humble- you’ll never know what you’ll be or the people you’re working with tomorrow. It’s important to create rapport to your co-employees because you’ll never know that the person you loathed so much in the office will be your boss tomorrow. Keep a low profile at the office. Do not abuse your privilege.
2. Be an asset- nobody wants to work with a liability. An asset employee is one who is reliable and open to new jobs or responsibilities.
3. Be positive- reorganization is not a personal attack against you. Remember that the company’s objective is to make profit.
4. Do not badmouth the company-you’ll only appear bitter and bitter people are perceived to be losers.
5. Take advantage of the reorganization to sharpen your saw, assess your skill set and career plans.