How Well Do You Cope with Change in the Workplace?


Change in the workplace may be constant but it doesn't mean it's easy, new research shows.

Less than half of creative professionals surveyed by The Creative Group and AIGA for the Creative Team of the Future project said changes within their organizations are considered carefully. Moreover, 53 percent felt employees aren't sufficiently involved in implementing change.

Preparing for the Inevitable

When change occurs at a company, it's up to managers to support and guide their employees through the transition process – and remain levelheaded. "Change in the workplace almost always results in an initial dip in productivity and morale as people adapt," says Diane Domeyer, executive director of The Creative Group.

But that doesn't mean companies should shy away from taking risks and challenging the status quo. "Managers can ease the process and position their teams for success by communicating openly and often, and setting appropriate expectations during the transition," Domeyer says.

Here's a closer look at the research and tips for helping employees navigate change in the workplace.

Ready, Set, Change!

Change may be hard on employees, but teams that constantly step outside their comfort zone typically see the greatest success. Are you doing enough to shake things up? To see how creative leaders at five innovative organizations, including Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group, Square and Target, keep their teams on their toes, check out our guide, Innovation in the House: Creativity Lessons From Five Top In-House Creative Teams.