Change–is it a good thing? If that is so, then why do so many of us get so anxious and worried by changes in the way things are or have been done? I think it is mostly a fear of the unknown. One thing I know for sure, we are creatures of habit and when things change we get scared. We become weary or fearful when things change from what our normal procedures or expectations are. If only we could embrace change for what it is–a new beginning, another way of looking at things, and a new opportunity and perspective.

Let’s take a minute to look at the many definitions of change. Merriam-Webster defines it as…

Change

verb \ ˈchānj \ - changed; changing 

transitive verb

a : to make different in some particular way : alter never bothered to change the will 

b : to make radically different : transform can't change human nature 

c : to give a different position, course, or direction to : changed his residence

intransitive verb

1 : to become different: some things never change 

2 : to undergo transformation, transition, or substitution : winter changed to spring 

It is the nature of things in our world to change, evolve, and grow, so that means that we must be willing to do the same from time to time. We must endeavor to understand and embrace change and see it for what it is: transition from what was to what is.

As it relates to the business world today, there is a lot of change going on. We need to change our perspective, adjust social norms to fit society today and be willing to adjust how we see things and hence how we do those things going forward as well.

Here are a few areas in employment law where change is occurring in our workplaces
right now…

Wage equity–many states have laws about the right to request wage history, etc.

Legalizing marijuana for recreational use–how it impacts pass/fail for employment purposes.

Legality of screens for marijuana in pre-employment drug tests–AB132 to take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

Immigration expectations and new rules–around the rights of prospective employees.

Increase in the minimum wage–how will an increase impact businesses?

While I believe in the purpose and value of change, I also support the premise of never forgetting our roots or our foundations. We must, in my opinion, remember and respect the value of our history, remember to cherish family and friends and remember and embrace the impact of our past decisions for the consequences of future ones. We must also remember the importance of human kindness, decency and compassion. For without those key foundational beliefs, we will be hard-pressed to implement change in a new, exciting and meaningful way that benefits our society–all of humanity and mankind across the globe. Change–thoughtful change that is–is the way of the future that respects the decisions of the past.


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