In recent years, many workplaces have felt pressure to prepare for uncertain events as change has been the only constant across personal and professional frontiers. Many workplaces are relying on their past experience to guide their future decisions as they plan their growth amidst looming uncertainty. The future of these workplaces are based on the ability to tackle changes that occur every day. You can prepare for uncertainty by managing yourself, managing your work and managing others.
In the workplace, ignoring uncertainties means you make a conscious decision to leave your work to chance. That’s not very career enhancing, so to say. We cannot ignore or control them but we can learn how to use uncertainty for organizational and personal growth.
Uncertainty is here to exist, and quickly managing new circumstances is a must-have survival and success capability.
Here are a few tips on how to survive workplace uncertainty
- Diversify your skills
The adage that “Skills pay bills” remains true in today’s world. We should look for continuous upskilling as it will prevent you from sudden managerial changes. By having expertise in several fields, you’re increasing your chances of finding employment if the job market changes. Similarly, you’ll be able to find a new job if a financial crisis hits. Instead of learning one skill, excel in many different ones It’s not always great to be a professional “jack of all trades and a master of none,” but it is often better than being the master of just one skill in our dynamic career.
- Communicate effectively
During a crisis, an employee’s most trusted source of information is often their employer. The good news is that the fundamental tools of effective communication still work. Define and point to long-term goals, listen to and understand your stakeholders, and create openings for dialogue. Be proactive.
- Build resiliency
As you navigate your career, resiliency is a requirement for overcoming failure. Consider failure as a sigh of relief; you are not losing anything by failing. Rather, you are getting rid of something while learning from your mistakes and gaining insights into your future endeavors. Let your failure become the catalyst for your projections.
These 3 leadership traits can help you not only survive workplace uncertainty but also thrive in any work environment.