He told them this parable: No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. Luke 5:36-38 (NIV)
Change is inevitable. When it takes place, or is planned, our human nature causes us to react in typical ways, which include: 1) we resist the change as it seems threatening; 2) we ignore the change hoping it will go away, or at least won’t affect us; 3) we embrace the change, recognising that we should be accommodating.
Changes in work meant that a lot of staff I worked with had to evaluate their personal reaction to change. Some found the changes very challenging, while others hoped not to be affected. Others have embraced the changes and come out stronger. If we recognise the typical reactions to change, we will be better able to deal with it in ourselves and others.