Adapting to change

Peter Okoth
Oct 31, 2018 · 3 min read

Adaptability is the nature of changing or create modifications in oneself to suit the new environment. For a workplace culture, it means that a person must be open to new ideas or changes, must be able to work independently or in teams, or carry out tasks that are not intended for one person only.

The world we live in today has a lot of surprises and thus makes change inevitable. Adaptability is a critical quality that employers seek in early 21st-century employees. With rapid changes in technology, diversity, and society, companies need employees who are open to new ideas, flexible enough to work through challenging issues, and generally able to cope when things don’t go as planned. Our daily activities are normally accompanied by meeting new people who have different views on how and how not to achieve their goals given a specific task, as well as other actions such as what to eat and just about any other aspect of how to conduct one's lifestyle.

The encounters we get from our daily activities makes us flexible so that we are able to relate with other people well. However, not everyone is able to take another person's view and put them in their considerations when undertaking an action that would affect someone else. This creates a lot of unnecessary confrontations and misunderstanding.

A situation where change is required is when sticking to a way of doing things without getting any meaningful output for a long time. A person who undergoes this type of situation is more likely to be left behind by the ever-changing turn of events. However much it seems to comfortably stick to your way of doing things, sometimes it's better to make a change if what it will lead to is the success.

The challenges encountered at Andela sort of changed my lifestyle. One of the factors I had to adapt to is critical thinking and looking for a solution in a short period. The number of results required within the given timeframe made me lose a few hours of sleep in order to accomplish the given task. This was quite troublesome at the beginning, but the goal at the end makes you appreciate the option of making the change in the first place.

A challenge that I also had to adapt to was the fact that I had to learn on my own. This unlike university life of being spoon-fed information and cramming answers before tests, makes one develop an urge to go the extra mile in order to get the required information. Then was the group project where I had about five people to work with and we had to create a good team chemistry that would enable us to achieve our goal. In this situation, a lot of sacrifices had to be made in order to accommodate the many different views.

In my conclusion I’ve come to an understanding that change is better embraced than fought if its for the better.

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