The Future of Work
Most organizations, including UC Berkeley, are going through constant evaluation, assessment, and related re-alignments of people and resources (driven by the desire to remain competitive and effective). You probably wouldn’t want to work for an organization that wasn’t future focused and that didn’t have the good sense to make regular adjustments to improve its performance. Change is easier when we both “expect”, “accept” and even welcome it.
As William and Susan Bridges point out in their very engaging book, Making the Most of Change, with every change (even positive change) we experience a loss. Unless loss is acknowledged it can be hard to move on. Especially for those in leadership roles, take the time to honestly acknowledge that loss is a real and a necessary part of organizational growth. The Bridges point out that we can cope by taking part of the old with us into the new world. You can make the process easier by figuring out what “best of the past” can be preserved and applied to new beginnings. This resource highly recommended: Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change, William Bridges, Ph.D. and Susan Bridges
Strive for Continuity
Change can create disruption. When change is very significant, search for ways to create stability through continuity. Much like reaching for your favorite blanket on a cold night, look for ways to create comfort and reassurance through routine and day-to- day predictability.
Support One Another
Change can also create conflict and competition. Be kind to one another…it makes a difference.
Hang on to Purpose
While we work in uncertain times, one thing does not change…and that is the wonderful purpose of working in higher education. Together, we are an organization that changes lives and contributes to the greater good…and that is something that will never change.
Fun Five: The future is calling…