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How to Increase Your Adaptability at Work

The better you can adapt to changing circumstances, the more productive you will be. Employers value employees who are able to successfully manage change in the workplace. Adaptability demonstrates resourcefulness, leadership, determination, and analytical skills.

Keep an open mind

Ask higher level questions that go beyond the "what" and explore the "why" of the situation. Practice active listening when learning something new. Hold back on judgments until you have all the information. Try to look at the current situation from all angles.

Find balance in your life

 You have many responsibilities in life and at work. The more balanced you are, the more grounded and level-headed you can be in dealing with the changes ahead. Review every aspect of your life and the time you spend on it, one by one.

Leave your comfort zone

When you leave your comfort zone, you are confronted with new situations to which you are not accustomed. The more often you do this, the better you can demonstrate flexibility and assess how to approach new scenarios.

Learn to embrace change

Learn to welcome change and even look forward to it. Teach yourself to accept any situation by taking more risks and accepting the results no matter what they look like. Practice self-care during difficult times and seek help when needed.

Learn from your mistakes

Making a mistake can be discouraging, but it also gives you the opportunity to learn, share knowledge, and consider a future solution. Change your attitude toward mistakes in the workplace. The better you can accept your mistakes, the better you can deal with the consequences.

Ask questions

One of the best ways to learn adaptability is to observe others and seek advice from those who excel in this area. Ask your colleagues how they handle certain tasks and situations at work. Make sure your questions are both professional and well thought out.

Listen actively

Focus on actively listening to what is going on in the workplace. The better you are at listening, the better you will understand how to handle a situation. This will help you resolve conflicts or changes, respond appropriately, and create a positive work environment.

Focus on the positive

Many things in life and at work don't go as planned. When that happens, focus on the positive. Think about what you can take away from these situations and look to the future with optimism.

Practice emotional intelligence

Make sure you are in control of your emotions and aware of the emotions of those around you. This will help you control your behavior and reaction to changes and situations at work.

Improve your problem solving skills

1. Identify the problems that need to be solved.
2. Brainstorm multiple solutions.
3. Define the solution. 
4. Implement the solution.

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