The CIPD have produced three reports exploring the opportunities and learning we can use for increasing creativity, leadership (termed neuro-leadership) as well as learning and development in the workplace.
Interestingly they report HR professionals as being slow and skeptical about the link between neuropsychology and business and it is the line managers that are currently pursuing the trend. As an Human Resouce professional who has decided to specialise in this area, helping employees, line managers and directors to be more creative using a solution focused approach, rather than a problem focused approach, I would point to those of us championing the latest scientific findings, as well as my HR peers who have supported me in this journey, especially those at Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Bath Spa University.
Although science has been able to show us a lot more proof of what is happening in our brains with the recent improvements in scanning techniques, Occupational & Poositive Psychology has been looking at these business-human behavioural links, which impact on performance, for decades. Taylor and Talyorism being a notable founding pioneer, starting back in 1940's.
Below is a link to a podcast discussion with the CIPD representative Ruth Stuart, Researcher Professor Eugene Sadler-Smith and a consultant currently working in this area with clients such as the MOD.
It explains the difference between instinct and inituition and how we as HR business consultants and specialists can help staff increase creativity. Interestingly to me, as someone who is also a Clinical Hypnotherapist, they talk about laying down, being relaxed and visualisation. It is likely that these techniques are the softer fluffy stuff that HR professionals we find hard to sell to line managers. However, it's great to hear that with the hard science emerging and pressurised times we are now working in, that managers are exploring these new findings themselves. Whatever you call the process, the brain works how it works. It's the results that are achieved as a result of these approaches that speak for themselves.
The physiology of the brain is something solution focused practitioners are trained in, as it helps us understand the "why?" - and most of like a good mystery and whodoneit solved don't we? I'm not saying I'm a superhero or super detective, but maybe my past jobs as a Criminal Analyst, HR Analyst and Emotional Intelligence Assesor were always leading me to the creation of The Decision Clinic Wellbeing Training & the business solutions we currently offer.
Understanding how the brain works and helping create positive changes, for individuals and the business is great, but being able to link it back to performance results is even better. So if you are looking to reduce costs, create more staff engagement, generate more innovative thinking, maximise time spent during the day a psychological approach can not only give you a new perspective but a more natural and easy one.
It would be great to hear your thoughts on the podcast or experience of neuropsychology in the workplace either below or via email firstname.lastname@example.org