Change: Fight it or Embrace it?

This week, the Oregon members of my organization within HR had a big moment: we moved.

Normally, I’m pretty adaptable and do well with change. But I found myself having some apprehension and anxiety about the new move–and it’s only the first day. There are two ways to approach change that you can’t influence or prevent: you fight like hell and kick and scream and waste a lot of time and energy being resistant or you can embrace it, find the beauty in it, and grow. I’m trying to do the latter. Change doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

From a small leased building with a few hundred employees, no cafe, and parking right outside the door to a large, redesigned building with several business groups and parking spots a few hundred feet from the door, this was a pretty significant change.

Work environment

One of the biggest changes for me is in my actual work environment–not just the building but my cube, or lack there of. I went from my photo-covered, table with two chairs, four-drawered cube to a mobile workstation.

There are several mobile pods around the building and I can work at any of them: there is a monitor, outlets, a phone (where I can sign in with my own number) and adjustable desks at each station. While saying goodbye to my photo shrine and food drawer and post-it covered monitor was tough, I knew this was an opportunity for me to change the way that I worked. I had gotten attached to “stuff” and I figured it was time to make a clean break. Am I loving it? Not quite. But like all changes, I’ll soon find my own rhythm. Since I started at Intel, I had sat in the same cube with most of the same people, in the same building–I didn’t know any different. This change gives me a chance to recognize my own preferences and style to find how I would work best.

Social opportunity, not anxiety

It started off as social anxiety, but I’m starting to see it as social opportunity. I like people, but I can get overwhelmed. All of the HR employees in Oregon, with the exception of those who directly support the business groups, have relocated to this building. This means that meetings that were once held over the phone can now take place in person in a conference room. On your way to the cafe, you might find yourself waiting in line next to the VP.

I felt a little anxious at first–that’s a lot of people who might run into on any given day, but I soon came to realize the opportunity behind it. Small talk, chance encounters, and mundane tasks can now become grounds for a larger conversation, capacity building, and even more simply put, a chance to put a face to a name and voice. You’ve read all the posts that exist around networking, so I don’t need to tell you how important it is. Even though networking is available through online channels, nothing will ever beat an in-person face-to-face encounter.

In a moving world, change is inevitable. It challenges you, it keeps you on your toes, and sometimes, okay–most of the time, it’s for the better. So what does this have to do with personal branding or career development? Instead of focusing on the change, I suggest you figure out how to best deal with it to emerge victorious.

What are some recent work/professional changes occurring in your life? How did you evolve and adapt? 


Sejal is a Recruitment Marketing Project Manager at Intel. She is part of the team that is responsible for Intel’s global employment brand. This team helps connect candidates with Intel and Intel with candidates using channels such as the Jobs at Intel web site, the Life at Intel microsite and other Web 2.0 channels. Sejal specifically manages theJobs at Intel Blog and Intel’s recruitment Facebook strategy. Originally from Toronto, Ontario (yes—a real, breathing Canadian!), Sejal graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with her Bachelor’s in Communications before starting at Intel in 2008. When she’s not working, you’ll find Sejal working at crossing things off of her Bucket List (which includes skydiving, reading 1000 books and traveling the world), eating cupcakes or spending time with family and friends. To learn more about opportunities with Intel, visit, follow Intel on Twitter @JobsatIntel or check out the Jobs@Intel blog!

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