As we return to our ‘new normal’ many will consider whether or not to return to the ‘old’ job or shift to another. Certainly, telecommuting has shown us that working from home may be more productive, offer more freedom, and allow for more flexibility than returning to the office. Most of us are evaluating the old way or the new way as we ask ourselves, What If? What’s Next? What’s Possible? and Why Not?
Job transitions can be stressful—whether they’re due to the pandemic, layoff, a new job, or working extra hours because others workers were laid off. If you’re facing one, consider the following tips to help you to ensure that a successful shift happens.
1. Take an honest look at yourself. What are your strengths, weaknesses, skills? How did those influence—positively or negatively—your transition?
2. Step up your self-care. Major changes are physically and emotionally taxing. You need self-care now more than ever.
3. Engage your curiosity. What went wrong, or right? What could you have done better? What worked really well?
4. Focus on what you want, and less on what you don’t want. Keep your eye on the prize.
5. Find support. Since your transition affects your family as well, it may be better to seek the outside support of friends or professionals.
6. Work on your thoughts. Calm your fears and reinforce your sense of hope and happiness.
7. Reassure (or avoid) those who are threatened by, or jealous of, the change.
8. Create your own rite of passage. Ceremony and ritual help with all transitions.
9. Let go of how things were “supposed to be” and accept “how things are.” Find appreciation for what is.
10. Keep things in perspective. Or try on a new perspective. Don’t get stuck. Remember, the only constant is change.
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