The Big Change At Work
I try to avoid the topic of my job here. Is it just me or is it that men can leave all the stress and responsibility of their job there at work at the end of the workday while women stress about their own occupational responsibilities and workday encounters 24/7?
I dunno. Anyway, this week I’m going to break from tradition and speak to the big changes happening at my work, which also happens to be the same place where my wife works. Our employer is switching software vendors which in turn is driving major changes in the way thousands of our co-workers do things on a daily basis.
Difficult? You may have heard the phrase, difficult as turning the Queen Mary. This change is like turning the Queen Mary in dangerous, uncharted waters with a crew learning as they go while those in charge of the fleet advise, “That’s not the way we did it.”
Since I’m the equivalent of a deckhand, I don’t have that much to do with it all. But I did have one rather unique experience, having to deliver a ten-minute address on how the changes will affect my work team in front of an audience of over 150.
Now my great fears in life are, in this order: flying, speaking in public, death. So giving that little talk in the auditorium wasn’t easy. I did inject a little humor into my speech, which actually went over pretty well, with a couple folks wondering afterwards if I might try stand-up.
I passed that along to my two sons who were doubtful of my honesty, to say the least. “Was anyone recording this laughfest?” asked my son Scott. Then he added, “Might want to hold up on the comedy club tho. I've seen the home movie of you performing a standup in the basement of our old home.”
Oh, well. I still think I can be funny at times. Anyway, tomorrow the big change begins. We’re all on edge and nervous. And there’s not much I can do to help with it all. To draw another parallel to transportation, remember that movie Airplane where that inexperienced pilot brought the jumbo jet full of anxious passengers in for a landing at the end?
I’m the Leslie Nielsen character who repeatedly comes into the cockpit and says, “Good luck. We’re all counting on you.”