Universities everywhere seem to be “restructuring” at the moment, and it is a difficult time for staff at all levels. The uncertainty and stress creates a tense atmosphere in which to work and it is often hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The restructure is almost always a cost-cutting measure but rarely if ever is portrayed as such. It is usually a “more effective”, “efficient” or “customer friendly” way of doing things.
This instantly creates an air of anger and resentment in those affected by the dreaded restructuring, with people wanting their employers to simply be honest with them. The extent to which this would help is debateable as I don’t know of any companies that have done this.
When a restructure leads to jobs being ‘at risk’ and in many cases having to re-apply for your own or a similar position leaves people feeling angry, insulted and de-motivated. It also leads to colleagues looking at each other with an air of suspicion, thinking that others are rivals for their job.
However hard it may be, it is important amid all the turmoil to try and stay positive. Being bitter and complaining is highly unlikely to change anything and if your boss and others see you getting on with your job you put yourself in a much better position when applying for a new role.
The restructure may even give you a chance to change your career for the better. This won’t be the case for everyone, but it is very easy to get stuck in a rut and stay in a job that is very comfortable, if that is the case use this as an opportunity to gain more skills and experience and take the next step in your career.
So if a restructure is affecting you try to stay positive, and make sure you brush up on your interview skills and CV writing in plenty of time.