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3 Ways To Deal With Being Blindsided at Work (Like Kelly Ripa Was)

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It’s been a tough April for Kelly Ripa. Last week she was called into a meeting and was then informed that her co-host, Michael Strahan, of her hit morning show Live! With Kelly and Michael was exiting to take on a full time role at Good Morning America. She took off the next few days which immediately led the press to speculate that she was very upset with Strahan. They immediately labeled her as a diva, but when you are blindsided at work isn’t there room for a little annoyance? Even Oprah came to Ripa’s defense: “Blindsided is never good. I don’t know who’s in charge, but somebody should’ve said, ‘This is gonna happen.’ You shouldn’t have to read it in the paper. Ever.” After all, you are suddenly left in a lurch and possibly with a panic on your hands. Ripa now has to do “public auditions” for a new co-host (fingers crossed for Anderson Cooper) and paint on a happy face for her audience and the media. We know Ripa will be able to do this, but we’ve got a few more tips from career expert Nicole Williams if you ever find yourself in a similar situation.

Play Nice: You’ve been caught off guard and every instinct in your body is telling you to fight and raise hell but now, more than ever is when you need to hold it together. Remain professional, positive and influential. Leave the venting and expressing your true thoughts to friends and family – outside of the office.

Step Back: Think about the situation and try and see both angles. Was this action done to harm and betray you or could it be seen as a misunderstanding via lack of communication? If your bosses and coworkers were plotting and being sneaky it might be time to start thinking about opportunities elsewhere.

Create Check Ins: In order to avoid being blindsided in the future create weekly or monthly check ins with your bosses and managers. Getting clued in to their movements for the business will help you stay informed. You should also let them know your expectations for your role and career within the company.

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