SHOW DATE: OCTOBER 2, 2013
(At the time of this posting, Auntie Evan has finally learned how to use Dropbox)
These days it’s wise to adapt “change is good” as nothing short of dogma. But still many refuse to accept what has already been set in motion. It’s happening on a national scale with the government shutdown and it’s happening in your office. While the politicians hold the government hostage because they refuse to accept that ObamaCare is a reality, you are, whether consciously or otherwise, holding your office hostage because you can’t deal with the new decisions being made.
Politicians are huffing and puffing and slamming their feet down until they get what they want. Why should you do the same? Stop acting like a politician and start acting like an adult.
You may not think you’re acting like the government, but in many ways you are: when you don’t like the changes made in your office you start to gossip, complain, hold back internally—there are plenty of ways you shut down when things aren’t going your way.
All we’re asking you to do is to start acting like an adult. If you keep bitching and complaining, you’re going to end up looking like the bad guy and, eventually, you’re going to lose your job.
But we of all people understand how hard it is to just jump on board with change, especially when the change covers unfamiliar territory.
One and a half years ago we made the decision to implement Dropbox to better manage our plethora of files. Well, our very own Auntie Evan has since dug his heels into the ground and pronounced just how much he hates it and doesn’t want to learn it. Auntie Evan says he’s too busy to learn DropBox. But this is making it hard for everybody else in the office who’s already integrated it into their daily routine.
Once you learn to accept and implement the change, however, it’ll be like you could never live without it. Take iOS 7, for example. Right now, you can’t turn left without hearing somebody whine about the update. By the time iOS 8 rolls out, everyone’ll be bitching and complaining about how much they hate the new iOS and how they can’t live without iOS 7.
This is a classic case of “back in the day” syndrome. “Back in the day, things were great.” Back in the day they used mimeographs and typewriters. Change is inevitable, and it’s a fact. Your new boss or teammate is a fact; the new filing system is a fact; these are not things you could stave off by being stubborn.
We’re not saying don’t have an opinion. By all means, give your constructive input before the decision is made. But when the decision becomes a fact, it’s time to get on board because the train’s leaving, buddy.
We get it, you want to be right, prove that change is wrong and the old way of doing things is better. But being right will only feel good for a minute. Then what? It certainly doesn’t do anything to help the company get any bigger or better. There’s no need to hold the office hostage. If you need to get the frustration off your chest, talk with someone at home or in the office a few times and then STOP. At that point, you either get on board or get left behind.
The bottom line is start acting like an adult and play ball. If the Jets lose a game, they don’t shut down the whole NFL and say give me 25 extra points. If a political party doesn’t get a bill off the table, it doesn’t just put millions at a disadvantage just to… oh, wait.
Don’t dread change. Change is inevitable. If you have a new boss taking over, prepare yourself instead of having a mental beef with them before they even arrive. Understand that new systems will be implemented, new rules will be put into play. You’re going to be a superstar when you give in and give change a chance.
When your mentality is, “I tried it, I have my reasons as to why it shouldn’t be this way, but I am on board now 100%,” your team and your supervisor are going to feel it, they’re going to feel that you’re a killer team player, and this will earn them your trust. And you can guess what that leads to: they won’t be afraid to put you on a higher-level team and give you a promotion.
When you get on board, people want to work with you, they want to be with you. By the time the next major decision looms around and you offer your opinion, people will listen. They’ll be able to take you seriously because you acted like an adult and accepted change the first time around.