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FSAP offers advice on coping with workplace changes

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In times of workplace change, it's natural to feel uncertain and anxious. According to human resource consultant Susan Starr, major changes can lead to panic, as people wonder about their future in the company. However, it's important to understand that change is a natural part of the workplace and can lead to positive outcomes.

To cope with change, it's helpful to practice the four A's: Awareness, Acceptance, Attitude, and Action. Increase your awareness by seeking out information about the change and learning as much as you can to reduce uncertainty. Accept that change is inevitable and try to focus on the possibilities for improvement it might bring. Try to face workplace uncertainty with an attitude of openness about the possibility that change can help you develop new skills and can create new opportunities for growth.

Finally, take action to prepare for and respond to the change. Stay connected with your social network, learn new skills to add to your professional toolkit, and make your work environment as pleasant as possible. Don't be afraid to ask questions and seek support from others as you navigate the changes. Remember, coping with change is a skill that can be learned and developed, and it can help you build resilience and adaptability for the future.

Talking with a professional counselor about these concerns can also be a helpful addition. The WVU Faculty and Staff Assistance Program has experienced, licensed behavioral health clinicians available to help all benefits-eligible employees at WVU. FSAP provides assessments, counseling, referrals and follow-up services for employees who might need a little support. 

Services through FSAP are confidential and can be provided in-person or by telehealth, with HIPAA-compliant Zoom. Employees and dependents are eligible for three free sessions a year. Medical residents/fellows get unlimited sessions.

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