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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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Robertson Cooper partners and Good Day At Work Conversation 2015 main sponsors, Bank Workers Charity, know a thing or two about stress in the workplace.

 

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Two words on everyone’s lips at the Good Day At Work Conversation 2015 were “culture change”. People wanted to know how they can change their organisations for the better, and how they could get their employees on-board.

That’s where Kim Wylie came in. Kim is the Customer Change Management Lead at tech giant, Google. She co-hosted a workshop and gave a talk to share her insights on change management, touching on topics such as workplace culture, recruitment, and resilience.

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One of the hottest topics at this year’s Good Day At Work Conversation 2015 was whether or not it is possible to embed a culture of wellbeing without the buy-in of an organisation’s senior leaders. We thought this was an interesting debate. So we’ve rounded up two experts on the subject – both of whom sit on different sides of the fence. 

 

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Over the last half a century or so Bhutan, often cited as one of the happiest nations in the world, has undergone some serious structural changes politically. These changes started back in 1952 when the country started to break with the traditional, benevolent monarchy that has governed for centuries, and move towards a modern democracy. The citizens of Bhutan cast the deciding vote in a referendum and the country's first parliamentary elections were held in 2008.

But that doesn't mean it's been easy. Bhutan’s citizens may have voted for democracy, but initially it was difficult for them to evaluate whether they truly liked the changes that brought. In short, they were (understandably) institutionalised to living in a benevolent autocracy – so they had no benchmark of democracy against which to compare their new situation. They only knew rulers who held absolute power – how should they now relate to political leaders who were accountable to them personally at the ballot box? Quite a mind-set shift for anyone to make! 

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