Organizations are constantly raising the bar of success, providing value to millions of their customers, aiming for products of unimaginable cost, convenience, and creativity.
Behind each success story are the people, your workforce:
• Many are thriving while others are silently coping with stress – today, as much as 45% of employees suffer from office stress
• Despite being overwhelmed with the workload, some try to motivate themselves to attend training that may not be as important or relevant
• Some work in the evening or weekends compensating for what they are not able to get done, but at the cost of their private and family lives
• There are those who stare at their computer screens without doing any real work simply due to exhaustion and lack of regular sleep
During these COVID times, many employees had to deal with rising levels of stress, lower motivation and the need to find an alternative way to learn new skills to cope with the changes (such as uncertainty, working remotely, changes in the business model, etc).
What corporations ultimately want is to have a way to adapt, engage and transform to maintain their growth. For this, creating new behaviours and mindset is their priority.
In the latest years, neuroscience (the science on how the brain works and react to change) has stepped in the area of building new behaviours and creating a growth mindset in the organization. In the MENA region, an EdTech start-up has developed a learning approach using technology, brain science and coaching to change the way people learn at work.
The key is to help employees develop processes of habit creation:
“To start creating actions that become habits, which in turn can lead you closer to your goals, start following this approach:
• Start small – bite-size actions
Take small steps to create a habit or for it become automatic which are easy enough to be done without a thought. For example, if you want to start exercising, start with 5 push-ups every day. Once it becomes a habit, you can increase the quantity.
• Plug-in your habit into an existing habit
You want to be in touch with your parents more often? Design your action around an existing routine, like to call them when you are leaving work.
• Keep track
Every accomplished action should be tracked in your calendar or diary. We, humans, get brain satisfaction when we look at progression; think about the success of some sport tracking apps.
Ivan Palomino (Managing Partner at Bessern www.bessern.co) adds:
“The major challenge that organizations have to change the way people learn is to challenge the current model of training – that is often based on acquiring knowledge without practice. The practice is the milestone for behaviour change. We have combined technology with behavioural science to allow people to learn and create positive new behaviours, the way the brain works. – Employees learn with live sessions and with our app practice change, track their improvements and have access to individual human support at any time.
Organizations can track the overall impact of their investment, reduce costs of Learning & Development, and have an organization that is engaged and productive.”