Coping with Change at the Worksite Brian Luke Seaward, PhD The ever-changing dynamics of our global economy are forcing dramatic changes in the corporate setting, and these ultimately affect every working employee. Change is often synonymous with the word STRESS! Downsizing, right-sizing, early retirements, mergers, and job consolidations are just a few of the repercussions in the worksite today. In addition, emails, blackberries, webinars, text messages, twitters, and cell phones may initially seem to make our jobs easier, but ultimately they remind us that we are forced to adapt to the changes in this high technology age or be swept behind. So how does one cope with change effectively and not feel as if he or she is a victim in the ever-changing world we live in? There are effective coping techniques and non-effective coping techniques that are used in times of stress. Coping with change means learning to adapt positively to change while maintaining a sense of self-control. This presentation begins with an overview of the "change = stress equation" and continues with creative anger management skills, the concept of positive thinking strategies, and several effective relaxation tools to adapt to change successfully.