Never before in our history have we had to cope with so much change. Along with everything around us changing so rapidly all the time – including the competitive work environment we function in – we’re also expected to constantly adjust to this change. Many individuals struggle to do this due to the high stress levels they experience while doing so. After all, change forces you out of your comfort zone and leads you to question your capabilities and coping skills, which for many people results in a looming sense of fear and anxiety.
For this reason, many people display resistant behaviour towards any form of change. In the workplace especially, this resistance can result in demotivation, non-cooperation, conflict and even dissension. On the other hand, an individual who has the ability to manage their emotions during times of change and maintain a sense of balance by not overreacting and not becoming demotivated and resistant, is known as someone who has a high level of adaptability.
A person who has adaptability as a core emotional intelligence competency actually relishes change, as they see it as exciting and challenging. They’re also able to let go of assumptions with ease, and are open to new innovations. They have an optimistic attitude and are quite comfortable with anxiety that the new and unknown often brings. Overall, they are confident in themselves and who they are, and are not afraid to take risks and explore new ways of doing things.
It’s small wonder then that someone who is highly adaptable is highly valued in the workplace. In the next blog post, we’ll discuss how we can develop your workplace adaptability to improve the success you have with your career.
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