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.