Downsizing is an inescapable fact of corporate culture. Stay at a company for more than a year, and you’re almost certain to go through a change in management, company structure, or even the entire business model. At a start-up where my friend Marjorie worked, the CEO realized a month after the initial product launch that it wasn’t going to sell. For several months after that, the management team remained holed up in a conference room trying to reposition, periodically emerging to give the staff just one piece of information: “Where are we going? Forward!”
Despite how unsettling experiences like that can be, the practice they can give you at successfully navigating change can be a major asset to your career long-term. Here are some ways you can not only survive a reorg, but thrive through it.