“I Didn’t Sign Up For This.”
What happens when your team changes horses mid-stream?
What do you do when your original job description gets dismantled?
How do you maneuver the challenges of an ever-changing organization?
There are times that volunteer teams switch courses. And when that happens, it can be a little disheartening as a volunteer. The thing you originally committed to is no longer the thing you’re being asked to do. The time that you’d initially made yourself available is no longer an option.
So as a volunteer, how do you roll with the punches? Here are three suggestions:
1. Revisit your why.
It can be easy to lose that loving feeling when you are concentrating on the what or when instead of the why. Remind yourself of the reason behind serving. Make sure your “here” is connecting to “there.”
2. Have a conversation.
Talk to your team leader and make sure you understand the reason behind the changes. Can you graciously opt out? Can an exception be made? Know the exact terms of your agreement, and take some time to manage both your expectations and that of your leader.
But recognize that most leaders aren’t creating change just for change sake (some sickos are, but that’s another post). A lot of change comes because of a shift in strategy, a schedule change, or a direct mandate from higher levels. So even as you have the conversation, approach it with grace.
If you can’t make the change you’re being asked to make, that’s certainly understandable. But if you’re going to move forward, move all the way. Be a cheerleader for the new way forward. Encourage your team members to come alongside you. Fully buy in to what you’re being asked to do.
Change isn’t easy. But before you say “I didn’t sign up for this!”, consider how you might take a step in a new direction.