Brain Savvy HR: the series
Following the success of our book, Brain-savvy HR: a neuroscience evidence base, we are offering a series of short workshops for HR professionals.
Over recent years developments in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) have enabled scientists to understand much more about how the brain works. Social neuroscience has applied findings to the real world of human interaction. Areas such as decision making, trust, fairness and reactions to change have all been scrutinised. Some of this data is confirming psychological theory; some data is calling long held assumptions into question.
These practical two hour workshops will give insight into how brain-savvy your HR policy and practice is; which policies work with the understanding of the brain and which work against it. You will come away with new understanding and tools to apply your knowledge.
The series will cover the following topics:
An introduction to brain-savvy HR:
Understanding the foundations of neuroscience as it applies to HR practice. In the workshop we will cover brain basics – a simple but powerful way to remember the basic parts of the brain plus an understanding of the way the brain operates in a work context and what this means for HR policy and practice. We will also introduce three key findings relevant to HR and how to use the understanding.
Neuroscience and learning:
There are some surprising discoveries about ways to enhance learning and to apply it to work. This understanding will, we believe, have major implications for leadership and learning professionals and anyone involved in change.
Neuroscience and behaviour change:
Ultimately HR policy is about aligning behaviour with strategy. Creating new sustainable behaviour can be enhanced by understanding how habits are formed and changed. Understanding habits, their formation and the adoption of new behaviours can aid change in both learning and change management.
Neuroscience and decision bias:
An understanding of decision bias helps people make smarter decisions, avoid bias and improve diversity. We introduce an OD approach to identifying and managing everyday bias in business.
Neuroscience of change:
We don’t know any organisations that aren’t going through change. Neuroscience has robust findings about what helps and what hinders change and how to position change initiatives to reduce resistance. We introduce you to a model that can diagnose, plan and help manage change effectively.
Can neuroscience improve your performance management?
Behavioural science is pointing to some interesting conclusions about what works and what hinders effective performance management. We look at the science and examine the implications and practical steps you can take.
Neuroscience of teams:
Do your teams have to storm before they can perform? Neuroscience suggests not. This practical workshop will guide you in how to manage teams better and deal with any issues.
Neuroscience of values:
What can neuroscience add to the debate about changing and embedding new values in your company? We think quite a lot. The workshop shares the science and the implications for values and culture change initiatives.
These interactive workshops are designed for HR professionals across the function. The insights we cover have relevance for reward, learning, leadership and performance as well as business partners and directors advising on business strategy and goals.
The HR function has been criticised for a lack of evidence on which to base their policies and advice to business. Over the last five years we have been using neuroscience as one tool to help HR functions to remedy this.
The HR function has been criticised for a lack of evidence on which to base their policies and advice to business. Over the last five years we have been using neuroscience as one tool to help HR functions to remedy this. Applying the findings from neuroscience can throw light on how to make change easier, develop leaders, train more effectively and work across the function to achieve goals more efficiently.
In our recent research study one participant who was using an understanding of the brain in a massive change programme said ‘Over the next five years I see HR going two ways; those who are using neuroscience and getting valuable results that the business can understand and those who are stuck in the old ways; working with outdated methods and their ‘best guess.’
The team running our workshop are all experienced HR people as well as facilitators with deep expertise. They bring their own experience and examples to their facilitation, as well as insights and understanding from consulting with successful companies. They are all members of our neuroscience study group so also bring understanding in brain-savvy learning and the neuroscience based content.
Debate – we recognise this is new! We ensure you can debate the implications for HR policy and practice as well as how these findings can be used in the business.
Tools and application -it is all very well gaining insight but you need to be able to do something with it. We will take your insight further by introducing tools that you can use back at work for yourself, with your team and with business leaders.
Experiential learning – our workshops factor in time for you to try out new techniques. So when you get back to work you can apply what you have learnt using the tools we have given you.
Virtual breakfast club – You will be automatically enrolled on to our virtual breakfast club; a group of HR professionals who meet regularly via webinar to learn about neuroscience findings and their implications for HR.
Our workshop design is based on the latest neuroscientific research into how the brain learns. This research shows the brain retains information best in smaller chunks over longer periods of time and with opportunities for reflection and practice in between.
Our workshop design is based on the latest neuroscientific research into how the brain learns. This research shows the brain retains information best in smaller chunks over longer periods of time and with opportunities for reflection and practice in between. The brain also likes to learn with others. We have organised our programme around this brain-savvy understanding. So you get maximum benefit from the time you put in.
You can watch our video Brain-Savvy Learning here
Costs and numbers
Talk to us about an in-house programme which we will deliver taking account of your specific areas of focus. The price for a face to face two hour session is £2000 for up to 20 people and for a webinar £2000 for up to 30 people. We typically split webinars into two 54 minute sessions with participants having the opportunity to apply their insights between sessions. We are happy to run workshops over lunchtime if that suits your business.
To book or to find out further details please email Sarah North firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 07770394256
Brain Savvy HR: a neuroscience evidence base was named by People Management as one of their 2014 HR books of the year.