How to cope with change when it doesn’t feel easy
Honestly, even when we feel we’re supposed to be happy, it’s ok if we’re not.
Life is a constant series of changes and challenges.
As we get older, we go through personal and professional development. And our physical and mental health can fluctuate depending on our circumstances.
Sometimes changes can be predictable or even planned, like moving house. And sometimes changes take us completely by surprise, like the entire year of 2020!
Coping with change is a different process for everyone.
While some people may be able to take it in their stride and adapt quickly, others may struggle to understand and enact changes.
Helping others to handle change is a big part of building communities and team cohesion.
Research shows that helping others also makes us feel good and can help to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Our brains are hardwired to gain pleasure from helping others, so taking the time to help those in need benefits everyone! But it’s not always easy to know when people need help, and that’s why it’s important to identify those with the most need to provide them with essential support.
For example, individuals with Learning difficulties and disabilities (LDD) will most likely find it harder to cope with change than other individuals.
But many of these individuals have never had their needs assessed and won’t know that they have hidden learning needs, which can make them even less resilient to change.
Meaning that some of our colleagues could be struggling because they are unaware or unable to cope with the impact of certain changes because their brain works differently.
Assessing the needs of team members in the workforce- whether they’re an apprentice or full-time worker – can help to facilitate positive changes by identifying hidden needs. Giving organisations and individuals with LDD a greater understanding of neurodiversity and support in managing their cognitive needs.
What can you do?
We’ve dipped into our digital library, containing over 500 modules, and picked out a selection of strategies to provide everyone with the tools to adapt to a changing work environment.
Each strategy provides clear and easy-to-follow advice suited to a range of neurodiverse learning preferences.
The latest strategy on helping others cope with change is available below, as well as the previous strategies in this series.
Ensuring everyone is well-prepared for any changes and challenges in the workplace is a vital role of employers and training providers. It helps to create a more cohesive and diverse working environment.
To access our latest module, click on the link below:
Don’t forget to take a look at our other available modules:
We hope these modules encourage you to spend a bit more time focusing on your own needs and the needs of those around you. Allowing you to build stronger working relationships amid times, such as now, where we’re seeing lots of change.
All the best, the Cognassist team!Posted on September 21st, 2020