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AALL Spectrum / July/August 2020 / Volume 24, Number 6

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60 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG REFERENCE DESK BY DOLLY M. KNIGHT, MARIBEL NASH & SCOTT VANDERLIN BUSINESS EDGE The Ever-Evolving Workplace: Tips for Adapting to Change My job has changed so much from what I thought it would be when I left school. It feels like every time I begin to feel any level of consistency at work, something changes, and I have to re-learn how to do my job. Do you have any tips for dealing with this struggle? Q MARIBEL: Workplace change often comes as a result of a choice you have made (accepting a new job or position, or taking on new committee responsibilities) or a situation that might have been imposed upon you (a reduction in budget or print resources, a departmental reorganiza- tion, or an office renovation). Whether or not you are completely on board with the change, you usually have time to come to terms with it and to prepare and plan for it. Of course, big change can also happen with little to no notice, as we saw happen this past spring, when many of us found ourselves suddenly and indefinitely working from home, furloughed, or unemployed. When workplace change comes out of nowhere, it can be harder to wrap your brain around how to handle it. Ideally, the change

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