If you’ve ever felt disappointed by the results of that expensive training or frustrated that your employees still haven’t changed their behavior even though you keep going over it, then you know that education is not enough.
In fact, more education is rarely the answer. There’s a big misconception that says that once people know what to do, they’ll do it. And if they don’t, the problem isn’t with the training, it’s with the person. If they buckled down and stuck to it… if they just had more willpower, then they could to it! But it’s not true.
Your employees’ willpower is in a losing battle with the reality of their daily life. If there’s any chance that your employees are stressed out, busy, tired, hungry, making a lot of decisions, or not getting enough sleep, then there’s a good chance their willpower is failing them when they need it most.
The most effective way to change how your employees typically think, respond, or act is to transform it from a conscious act to an unconscious act. In other words, make it a habit.
How We Work With You
Through our strategy sessions, discovery days, material reviews, and trainings, we can help your organization create the right habits and break the bad ones.
Knowing what to do is the easy part. Doing it is the hard part. Our Signature Habit Challenges provide you and your employees with the support and accountability needed to stick to it until the neural pathways are formed.
The only thing standing between you and the employees you want are the good habits you wish they had and the bad habits you wish they didn’t. You probably don’t need our services right now, but we’d love to share a brief overview of how we help companies like yours improve how people habitually think, respond, or act. Then you’ll have us in your back pocket to call on whenever you need us.
Habit Focus Areas
Our habit creation strategies work in dozens of areas including…
Safety: When inspections reveal employees not following the correct safety procedures, accident investigations highlight employees doing the wrong behaviors, or changing safety procedures means that old habits have to be broken and new habits created, call on us to maximize the impact of your safety training and put your workplace safety on autopilot. We’ll help you create the daily habits that save lives, money, and keeps safety inspectors happy.
Read our article in the Feb 2018 edition of the Professional Safety: Journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers
Download the Safety Habit Handbook.
Productivity: Make a habit of peak performance strategies, so that you and your team wake up in the morning eager to start the day with the energy and focus you need to rock your responsibilities and still have enough energy to enjoy your friends and family in the evening.
Burnout Prevention: When employee engagement reports reveal decreasing productivity, anemic employee engagement, and increasing turnover due to burnout, we can help your employees adopt the habits of feelings, thoughts, and actions that will help them cope with stress and create a life that is fulfilling at home and at work.
Health: When you want to maximize the impact of your health and wellness training, sustain the activity of your wellness challenges, or increase employee engagement in your wellness programs, when you want your employees to actually exercise regularly, eat more fruits and veggies, get enough sleep, and drink enough water, call us to design a program that will make it happen. We’ll help your employees apply what they already know to the reality of their daily lives.
Download our Colorado Employers’ Health & Wellness Report
Spotlight: Sleep Habits
The impact of insufficient sleep on your organization is extensive. The Fatigue in the Workplace: Causes and Consequences of Employee Fatigue by the National Safety Council determined that 13% of workplace injuries can be attributed to fatigue. According to their research, 27% of survey respondents reported having fallen asleep unintentionally on the job in the past month and 16% fell asleep while driving!
But it’s not just safety. According to a report by Rand, “The empirical findings of this study suggest that workers who sleep less than six hours per day report on average about a 2.4 percentage point higher productivity loss due to absenteeism or presenteeism than workers sleeping between seven to nine hours per day. Those sleeping on average between six to seven hours still report about a 1.5 percentage point higher productivity loss compared to those sleeping seven to nine hours. To put these numbers into perspective, assuming there are 250 working days in a given year, this means that a worker sleeping less than six hours loses around 6 working days due to absenteeism or presenteeism per year more than a worker sleeping seven to nine hours. A person sleeping six to seven hours loses on average about 3.7 working days more per year.”
Since the CDC estimates that 1/3 of U.S. adults aren’t getting enough sleep, that’s a lot of lost productivity or potential safety incidents.
The Cognitive Behavioral Training (CBT) for Insomnia program was developed and tested at Harvard Medical School. It has been endorsed by the National Institutes of Health as an effective and preferred method for treating insomnia. Research on CBT shows the following:
* 75% of insomnia patients experience significantly improved sleep
* The majority become normal sleepers
* 85- 90% reduce or eliminate sleeping pills
* CBT is more effective than sleeping pills
Sleep habits are an excellent way to introduce the concept and strategies of habit mastery to your workforce. So many people struggle with falling asleep, falling back to sleep, or just plain getting enough sleep that you can make an immediate and substantial impact.