Change is and always has been an inevitable part of life, but for most people change and adversity are difficult paths to traverse, especially in our work settings where the challenges may alter the course of your career and lifestyle.

Due to COVID-19 2020 was a massive year for change both in our personal lives and in the work environment. We learnt to work from home, to recruit, on-board and supervise staff by remote means, to run meetings and workshops with some people in the meeting room and others online. We have adapted to meetings via zoom, being moved in and out of zoom-rooms, to using more online support tools.

Thankfully in New Zealand, we have been less impacted by the virus than other countries have. That doesn’t mean we have escaped the wearying affects though. So many ‘first-times’, so much adaptation, constant concern about what will/might happen next.

As we move into the year ahead, we need to find ways to normalise this ‘new normal’, to a place where change is normal. A place where we can constantly adapt and move with what the world requires of us with fewer wearying affects.

To normalise change we need to:

  1. Acknowledge the change so your brain knows what you are dealing with.
  2. Confront your feelings and seek support from others.
  3. Seek the positive perspective, as negativity is everywhere, and it wears us down.
  4. Be flexible and embracing of change instead of hiding from your fear and creating barriers
  5. Be part of the change. Get involved. See change as an opportunity.
  6. Be curious, this is a major global time of change.
  7. Rest. Let your body and mind recover and reset.

Let’s see what 2021 might bring!