As I said on Tuesday's RTO Conversations Webinar, most people don't cope well with change and yet, look at how much we've all had to manage in only the last four weeks:• Change to ourselves
– physically, emotionally, spiritually, mindset as we come to terms with what this new world means for us.
• Change to our family and friends – working out who we can and can't see, coping with the idea of social distance and all it means including no hugs or kisses, and looking at alternative ways to keep in touch in check in.
• Change with our businesses – determining whether we can remain open or not, adjusting to new restrictions, moving staff out of the office and into working from home, moving students from face to face to virtual delivery of training and assessment.
• Change with our jobs – learning whether we or our family members still have one or not; and if we or they do, how does that work?
• Change in our activities – being told we can now no longer do many of the things we love the most – sport, parties, gatherings, going to the gym, being pampered with a massage or a manicure.
• Change in our world – being told where we can and can't go, what we can and can't do; and that the best thing we can do is stay in our house and not be with our friends and family which seems very counter-intuitive.
For most people and businesses, the changes I've outlined above would be probably be undertaken over at least a year, and yet, we've all had to manage every one of these changes in less than a month.
I believe this needs to be acknowledged and commended. The decisions which have been made in these crazy times had to be quick, constant, courageous and comforting; and so the adaptability of everyone should be congratulated and not taken lightly.