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Paula Brockwell

Paula Brockwell

Paula is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and performance coach, and Head of Client Delivery at Robertson Cooper. Her breadth of experience in providing coaching, training, assessment, leadership development and talent management solutions for a range of businesses informs her writing.


Paula's particular interests include employee behaviour and how it can be harnessed to deliver business results. 


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Change: The new normal

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With a divisive President in the White House, the UK about to leave the EU and the recent global financial crisis still hanging over us, it’s clear that this period of political and economic uncertainty is set to continue. This kind of massive global change understandably causes anxiety and unease for us all, when we’re watching the news, picking up a paper or scrolling through our newsfeeds; but on a more subtle level these feelings of disruption trickle down into our day to day lives, leaving us feeling worried and more likely to build barriers to change at home and in the workplace.

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This girl certainly can - me competing in my first ever fell run.

You must have seen it. ‘Ordinary’ women of all shapes, sizes and ages hurling themselves across rugby pitches, sparring in boxing rings, kicking balls and sweating buckets. The ‘This girl can’ campaign has gone viral – and with pretty amazing results too.

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Last week we hosted our second Good Day At Work lunch of the year at the lovely Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings in London, with guests from organisations including Mars, BUPA and United Learning.

Our Good Day At Work President, Sir Cary Cooper, and I led the round-table discussion, which centred around ‘work-life integration’ – a theme we’re exploring with our partner, Bank Workers Charity, throughout the year.

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This week, David Cameron announced a five-year plan for improving mental health care. He pledged £1 billion of funding by 2020 to increase the number of people who have access to a therapist, and 24-hour mental health services in hospitals.

In the UK, it is reported that one in four people suffer mental health problems but three-quarters get no help at all. In contrast, according to statistics released by the Office for National Statistics in 2015, individual factors of personal wellbeing are on the rise, with increased ratings of elements of worthiness, life satisfaction and happiness, plus a decrease in feelings of anxiety. However, people do still struggle to speak openly about mental health, particularly in the workplace. This leads to a situation of extremes; people who have challenges without permission, confidence and opportunity to have conversations about how they are feeling means they risk their situation escalating to a serious mental health issue. So whilst there is promise in some of the statistics, the real issue around the increase in mental health problems is the lack of willingness and ability to access support.

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Ahead of the Good Day At Work Conversation 2015which will focus on how ready are our organisations, individuals and society as a whole, to embrace wellbeing, the Robertson Cooper team are writing a series of articles to address this. This week, Robertson Cooper's leading Business Psychologist, Paula Brockwell, focuses on a topic that feels a bit more tangible to wellbeing practitioners: senior-level, executive engagement. 

If you're trying to introduce a culture of wellbeing to your business, then, once you’ve outlined your goals, your next step must be to get it into the top three priorities of your senior leadership team. 

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