It seems that life is filled with constant changes. Are your kiddos returning to school soon or headed off to college for the first time? Did you just get married, build a house, have a baby, or start a new job? All of these things are common occurrences but can have a significant impact on our day-to-day lives.
Some changes occur in our lives by choice, and we are given time to prepare, while some are imposed on us with minimal warning or control over the process. Regardless of the type of change that occurs, we will go through a transition period between “the way it was” and “the way it will be.” This transition process mimics the stages of grief, researched by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, as we work to find a sense of peace and acceptance with our new reality. It can be an emotional time that affects each individual differently.
Poor management of these transitions can, unfortunately, lead to damaged relationships and reputations. Luckily there are a few things we can do to help ourselves and others move through this transition process as smoothly as possible.
We will leave you with this quote by Jimmy Dean: “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
Good luck as you approach another season of change. If you need help managing changes, ask about our employee assistance programs today.