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Change is hard. But people are doing it, and doing it well. As Dan Heath, co-author of Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, emphasizes, we need to “find the brightspots” and use them to help us follow suit.

We have a lot to learn from organizations and governments around the world who are getting work done differently and for the better.

What kinds of things are other nations doing differently?

Yes, the U.S. is the world’s largest national economy. We are also the most wasteful energy consumer in the world. We have the largest prison population in the world. We have the highest percentage of obese people in the world. So being number one isn’t always a good thing, and there’s still plenty for us to learn. Learn more about what other nations are doing differently in the workplace.

How are organizations seeing success by approaching work in new ways?

Employers in the U.S. aren’t required by law to give employees paid time off, to allow workers to telecommute, or to encourage people work non-traditional hours. But they are given the freedom to make their own policies around these issues, and many are doing just that. Learn more about organizations finding new ways to do business, and the results they are seeing.

What does the research say?

If you are a sick worker without access to paid leave, you probably already know that you’re not living up to your job potential because you can’t stay home to recover.  If you are a parent who’s missed your child’s dance recitals, football games, or parent-teacher conferences because you couldn’t leave the office in the middle of the day, you probably already know you’d be more committed to your job if you had a little leeway to watch your kids grow up as well as get your job done. And if you have a 2-hour commute to the office each day where you sit in a cubicle and plug away at a computer, you probably already know those hours on the highway would be better spent at home. But what does the research say? Learn the facts and let the studies speak for you.

Where can you find resources to help make change?

If you are an employee or employer ready to make change at your own organization, it can be difficult to know where to start.  Learn more about some of the resources available to help guide the way.