Let’s look at the process of dealing with change, adapting or as it is sometimes called , Change Management.
“Change management is a systematic approach to dealing with change, both from the perspective of an organization and on the individual level.”
– Margaret Rouse, searchcio.techtarget.com
Let’s look at the individual level. For newcomers, there are numerous changes they have to make to adapt to; the Canadian culture and more so in the preparation and process of job search, and ultimately in the Canadian workplace.
On an individual level for many immigrants, when they move to a new country there is the feeling of loss. Let us look at the Grief Cycle.
The Grief Cycle
A loss and grief
When there is a loss, we grieve. This loss can take any form, whether it is the loss of a loved one or a job; when a change has taken place.
“Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life.”
– Anne Roiphe
An example: Immigration
This is a process that is often associated with feelings of loss. For the friends, customs , family, things that they’ve left behind. Job loss or change can bring about a grief that is in some ways more difficult to deal with than when a loved one dies.
So what is grief?
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Grief is a strong, sometimes overwhelming emotion for people. …………it is the natural reaction to loss.”
Grief takes time. Just as a severe physical injury can take a long time to heal, so can the death of a loved one, job loss or change. This normally involves a substantial period of grief.
Just as a severe physical injury can take a long time to heal, so can the death of a loved one, job loss or change. This normally involves a substantial period of grief.
The Grief Cycle
The Five Stages of the Grief Cycle
“Kubler-Ross described five stages of grief in her 1969 book “On Death And Dying” that are just as relevant to the normal range of feelings people have when they are dealing with change on an individual level or in the workplace.”
“This hope is the belief that there will be a positive end to the change and that there is some meaning that will eventually be learned from the experience.
In my experience this is an important indicator of our ability to successfully navigate the change. Even in the most difficult circumstances there is an opportunity for growth and learning. And there will be an end to the change.”
Seven Stages of the grief cycle
The emotional logic of grief is better understood if you think of it as a series of frantic moves to re-orient to the world after a big loss has left you emotionally off-balance (disoriented). You may want to keep this in mind as you read the following description of the famous “stages”.
Typically, the seven stages of grief are described as:
- Shock or Disbelief
- Acceptance and Hope
Sometimes, there are five stages and this happens when the following are put together:
- Shock/Disbelief and Denial
- Bargaining and Guilt
The 5 (or 7) stages of grief & loss: Grief cycle & grieving process, proactivechange.com