· As we can see daily on the news and feel in our own bodies, we are at the present time subject to changes at a rate we have never experienced before. In this talk Helen Eriksen takes a positive and constructive look at these changes and shows how employees react to them both individually and in group settings.
· Helen paints a logical as well as a very human picture of why people react as they typically do when faced with change. When first meeting a new change, a natural but unconscious alarm system is set in motion. We may often regard this alarm-reaction in a negative light. But an alarm-reaction to a change is actually quite natural. By opening up this knowledge and giving the participants a common frame of reference, they gain – both individually and collectively – entirely new possibilities when faced with change, to act in a forward-thinking, different and more constructive way. This gives the participants a boost of energy, and it has been proved many times that the ability of employees to manage change in a positive way can be measured directly by the level of wellbeing and job satisfaction.
· According to Helen, changes are a life condition. So the goal must be to gain as much positivity as possible from the fact that we will always be faced with changes, and that these are a condition and not a problem – unless we turn them into a problem.
· She enables the participants to recognize that nothing remains as it once was. If only employees and employers could recognize this, then change would rarely be a problem. On the contrary, it is the danger of not renewing oneself, and thereby doing more of the same that is our biggest challenge.
· Without any finger-pointing she gives clear directions on what the individual employee can do to best prepare for change. Our attitudes have often developed against a backdrop of basic assumptions about how reality looks: in other words our individual world view. Typically this leads to the rule, ”When there are a lot of us with the same opinion, that’s probably how it is”.