So much of diversity and change has to do with restructuring the way we do things in the workplace to include new ideas and approaches. It's natural for people to become apprehensive when changes occur in the workplace. This could be a new copy machine, a new procedure, a different mission, a change of leadership or changes in the composition of the workforce.
As with anything new, people have a remarkable ability to adapt to any changes. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you deal with change in any form. Challenge yourself to come up with answers even if you initially can't think of any.
1. What can I do to use this change to improve my company?
2. What benefits does this change bring?
3. What skills or abilities does this new employee/changing workforce bring?
4. What can I personally do today to welcome this change?
5. What things do I have in common with this changing landscape?
When you look at these questions you begin to demystify change. As we all know, change is inevitable. These questions will help you create a workplace that truly functions based on that principle.
Helping make diversity easier.