Change is in the air

Change is in the air.

Conversations buzz around the new person coming in. What will she be like? Hard? Understanding? Domineering? Caring? They did not want too much too change. For ten years they had served the community adequately and they felt they had done a good job. But they had heard things through the grapevine.

“She introduced peer evaluation.”

“I heard that she is a top-down sort of manager.”

“Surely someone cannot be that bad if she organises staff socials?”

‘They say that she increases staff efficiency.”

The day had arrived for the changeover. The staff gathered in the conference room and were surprised when a woman their age was introduced to them as their new leader. They had expected someone younger and career-driven, dressed in a suit carrying a briefcase. Instead before them stood a woman dressed in bright colours wearing a long, silk scarf around her neck. She opened her arms and smiled.

“Thank you for the welcome. I look forward to working here to make a difference. But let’s get started. We have a community to serve.”

Are you wary ofΒ change in the workplace?

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: change)

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39 thoughts on “Change is in the air

  1. Ha! Teachers can be so afraid of change, which is funny considering our profession is all about helping kids change. Glad your new principal seems like someone who will build community while infusing new ideas.

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  2. Yes! I’m not in the workforce anymore, but I remember the apprehension of getting a new boss. Not all change was difficult: it was exciting when we moved into new labs and when I changed supervisors (to work for someone I already knew). But getting a boss I’d never met … yes, that was always a challenge.

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  3. hi colline, i enjoyed your post today. it reminded me of the responses at work when any change came out…no matter how small or large! (i’m not a retired RN as of april 2013) the last year i worked seemed to be full of change…so much that the routine was CHANGE!

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    1. In some ways the change can be exciting – but at other times a bit stressful especially when it becomes routine. I hope that you are enjoying the changes that come with retirement.

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  4. Not anymore because I work from home, but yes, I used to be, especially if I already had a great boss. I like the way you summed it up in your Five Minute Friday. Well done. πŸ™‚

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  5. I have no issues with change in the workplace if it’s genuinely for the good of the company! Too often it’s about people at higher managerial levels making a name for themselves and more often than not they don’t even have the gumption to actually confirm that their edicts have been carried out down below – which is often just as well for the customers πŸ˜‰ I’ve seen good and bad and I’ve weathered the storms of manager driven upheaval. We’re going through a wonderful thing currently called continuous improval but… I suspect I’ve actually been doing this for the last 30 years off my own bat without some fresh out of college manager to guide me – and I have one thing in my armoury that they don’t have.. I actually know my customers personally! Thanks for touching on a sore nerve πŸ˜‰ Good Post πŸ™‚

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    1. Often I think those in charge need to take a little time first to get to know their surroundings and the community they will be working with. In this way any changes that are made will be for the good of the place – especially when the community/workers are behind them.

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  6. This is a touchy subject for me, as I still don’t know if my company will be closed down and if I will be left jobless. What inspired you to write this? Are there any changes in your job this year?

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    1. Yes, there are Paula. I have transferred to another school where the principal is unknown (I knew the previous principals). It will be interesting to see how she deals with a staff who have been there long and who are resistant to change.

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  7. When I was in the workforce there was always a load of talk when a new boss was arriving. We would all try to find out as much about them as possible before the big day. But one thing is for sure, most new bosses want to make changes and it’s funny when they make changes thinking they’re doing something new but really reverting back to something a previous boss did that was changed by the last boss (LOL) πŸ˜€

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    1. I have also realized that some of the changes they make are to reflect their old place of work. This is not always successful as people and communities are different at every workplace.

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  8. I hope that teaching in your new school will be a good change for all of you there. It’s a challenging time, exciting too. I love that your vision of it is so positive, that bodes well!

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  9. We have three new administrators this school year. All 3 women. Will let you know if the change is good or bad. Is it hard to not have anxiety about uncertainty.

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  10. Sounds like a lovely and positive outlook Colline. Great writing once again hon. πŸ˜€

    My only workplace is my home. I don’t think the ‘fairies’ will enjoy it if there’s someone else bossing them around. hahahaha!

    β™₯ Hugs β™₯

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