CHALLENGES: merger, acquisition, new job, new boss


REACTIONS: uncertainty, fear


RESEARCH: Research shows that uncertainty will make a bad event seem even worse (e.g., Arenas, Tabernero, & Briones, 2006; van den Bos, Euwema, Poortvliet, & Maas, 2007; Wiggins et al.,1992).

The good news – the research also shows that the more people understand an event the more quickly they will adapt to it (Wilson & Gilbert, 2008).


TIPS: Don’t over react – now that you know that uncertainty makes things seem even worse, don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill! Be patient – you have to give things time. Remind yourself that uncertainty is a temporary condition.




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