Jubilee and Jobs

Union jack bunting against a blue sky

Be curious and embrace change

As Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her platinum jubilee here in London this week, it’s easy to skip past the real reason for an extra bank holiday and focus on the bunting, the cakes and the opportunity to socialise with friends and neighbours. Stop and think about this for a second…. we’re celebrating the Queen being in her role for 70 years. That’s right, 70 years. With the same job title. And the same remit! 

We’re willing to bet that there are only a handful of people around the world who could claim the same achievement. According to research, the average person changes jobs every 5 years in the UK and this seems to be widely accepted as ‘the norm’. What would our economy look like if we remained in the same jobs for life? Would we fall into a deep well of complacency, becoming deeply unproductive? Or would we constantly be looking to adapt and improve in order to progress and outperform ourselves and others? It’s an interesting question to chew on, even if we’ll probably never know the answer! 

At ICC, we believe that having the courage to embed a culture that is open to change, to new approaches and to unexpected curveballs is one of the greatest ingredients for success. When employees are empowered to make suggestions, be curious, and try new things, they are likely to perform at a very high level. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in your role 7 minutes, 7 years, or 70 years – being open to change will keep you at the forefront of your industry. Queen Elizabeth II has implemented her fair share of changes during her 70 years on the throne, despite the deep-rooted traditions that she is bound by, and if she can do it so can we! 

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