Everyone has a different and individual way of coping with change.
When I was a hospital manager, a team of us had the job of closing the hospital for people with a learning disability and moving those patients into smaller community homes.
One of the office staff had been at the hospital for over 20 years and told me the hospital will never close – 'We have seen it all before' she used to say. 'It has been closing for years but it will never happen.'
I assured her the intention was to close the hospital within three years but she refused to believe it would actually happen. We offered her good jobs in the new set up but still she was in denial and refused to accept them.
Eventually of course the hospital did close two years later and what happened to her?
She was given a choice of taking a job she did not really want or take early retirement. She took the job until she retired five years later. She wasn't really happy in that job.
So what is the message?
She refused to accept that things were changing and therefore did not take early opportunities to find a new job that would suit her skills and expereince.
I always believe if you stay around with your head buried in the sand you often end up with something you do not really want.
Great that we are all different but sad that some people - like this woman - with long service and great experience that can be used in new services - just cannot come to terms with change going on around them. The hospital literally closed around her whilst her head was still in the sand.
I never understood it and still don't.