Managing Changing Expectations At Work

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Expectations determine what success looks like, and the communication of expectations ensures parties are on the same page. Without expectations, focus, productivity, and progress suffer because you’re working towards a cloudy goal. Setting and managing expectations can be a challenge for many reasons, especially because those set by your boss and colleagues may change over time. When expectations fluctuate, it can be hard to grasp the objective and deliver your best work.

As a colleague, team member, and employee, it’s your job to manage and adjust to change. Following these three steps is a great start to building your comfort level and success with adapting to changing expectations:

  1. Accept Change
    Step away from your comfort zone and embrace the change by diving into the “why”. What is the business reason that is driving this change? Be open to understanding the reasons why the change is happening. Then, be willing to learn what you need to succeed with the new set of expectations. Don’t be afraid to try new things at work, you may be surprised and find a new skill or passion!

  2. Communicate Clearly
    Clear communication is crucial when setting expectations and especially when they change. If you feel left in the dark and aren’t sure what’s expected of you with changes happening on your team, ask your boss directly. Without clarifying, you won’t be able to move forward in the right direction and succeed in your role. Spelling out the new expectations is a win-win for both you and your manager.

  3. Attitude is Everything
    Remain positive regardless of the circumstances. Get comfortable with the fact that not everything is within your control. How you choose to think and talk about your situation directly impacts your career and growth. Consider how you can leverage your skills and experience to succeed in your role. Attitude is everything.

Demonstrating agility with change will help not only help you grow as a person but it will also help you become a more valuable employee.

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Posted on May 21, 2019 and filed under Career.