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Four Key Strategies for Managing Uncertainty in the Workplace

By Umme Sutarwala - April 12, 2022 3 Mins Read

Now that uncertainty is the norm, IT leaders are leaning on their prior knowledge to make choices about the unknown future. The ability of these leaders to adapt to daily changes is critical to their future success.

Change has never been more rapid or at a greater rate than it is right now. From hybrid teams to reorganization, digital transformations, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A), most employees are dealing with several upheavals. Uncertainty is now the norm in the workplace, and the capacity to swiftly adapt to changing situations is a must-have survival and success skill.

When faced with ambiguity, many leaders take various steps in the hopes of resolving the problem. Trying everything often results in no action at all. Their efforts are disjointed and contradictory, and they lack the resources to execute successfully. This strategy frequently produces poor outcomes and a reputation for being unreliable.

Here are a few strategies for leaders to survive and prosper in an unpredictable environment.

Develop a variety of abilities

In today’s business, the phrase “skills pay the bills” still holds true. To prevent becoming outdated, IT workers should try broadening their soft and technical abilities. Career diversity decreases risk by allowing executives to use a variety of abilities throughout the company’s multiple tasks.

Also Read: Three Change Management Challenges that keep IT Leaders Awake at Night

Having a diverse skill set in the arsenal will defend IT leaders from unexpected managerial changes. Being a professional “jack of all trades and master of none” isn’t always ideal, but it’s generally preferable to being an expert on only one skill in a fast-paced job.

Effective communication

When people are going through periods of uncertainty, effective communication has been the most vital sort of support they can have. It’s also the most important enabler of effective change because it ensures that everyone understands what’s happening, why it’s required, how it will affect them, and what they need to do to adapt.

Gaining trust

The antidote to fear of the unknown is trust. People would spend their energy defending themselves if they didn’t have it. People’s “fight, flight, or freeze” reaction is commonly activated when they encounter someone new or learn of an unknown change, forcing them to either protect their area or hide. Both of these responses increase the risk and slow people down. When individuals trust one another, they work together toward a similar purpose, even if it isn’t clearly defined.

People rarely have faith in those who do not have faith in them. Demonstrating trust in them by requesting their assistance elicits the same response from leaders.

Plan cooperation in the system

Leading in a system necessitates finding a balance between enterprises’ frequently competing demands and the larger system that they form. Leaders must create mutual relationships and trust among their organizations in order to achieve this. In practice, this means actively exposing and alleviating stress within the system as well as modeling the proper behaviors through providing value for the whole system. Active conflicts, such as those between nongovernmental organizations and large corporations that serve similar constituencies, can result in fruitful information exchange and activity. While stressful, these interactions enable both sides to enhance and sharpen their value proposition, whereas simmering tension runs the chance of deeper disruptions down the road. Collaboration and small, controlled disagreements are required in healthy systems.

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Umme Sutarwala

Umme Sutarwala is a Global News Correspondent with OnDot Media. She is a media graduate with 2+ years of experience in content creation and management. Previously, she has worked with MNCs in the E-commerce and Finance domain

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