Laughology is delivering an exclusive half-day workshop for Re:locate magazine
Laughology is delivering an exclusive half-day workshop for Re:locate magazine to explore how you and your organisation can use the psychology of humour and happiness to engage global talent and promote business success.
The workshop will talk about how people are at the heart of business growth, and engaging diverse employees is key to boosting productivity and with it ROI, whether you're facing change and transition, going into new markets, planning a group move, or coping with mergers and acquisitions. With markets becoming more globalised and workforces diversified, communication and cultural differences in how we behave and act become more apparent. Belief systems engrained in how we work and live can unintentionally cause blind spots in development.
One of the main pillars for companies to stay ahead of the curve is talent. In order to grow firms need to attract the most talented people. But, what they often don't realise is that they unconsciously eliminate more than half the available talent pool through bias in their selection processes, creating a mono-cultural workforce.
People development and knowledge is essential for organisations to evolve at a rate that helps them stay ahead of the curve. Change and disruption is necessary for development, but without the development of thinking skills to help people diversify as fast as the market is, organisations will be left behind.
Diversity in the workforce makes a company more flexible in its thinking and richer in terms of audience understanding and reach. However, through years of conditioning and priming, workforces are still less than diverse on every level, even though attracting and retaining the best talent is key to business success.
Starting with a few small things can help change thinking in your organisation and develop and more inclusive way of working:
- Be realistic: rather than attempting fundamental change, start by recognizing and managing your biases in key situations (appraisals, interviews, etc).
- Take time to think through a question: quick thinking is not always the answer.
- Seek other views: where appropriate, talk over the issue with someone else (remembering the importance of confidentiality)
- Maximise mentoring: exchanging views with someone older or younger can build understanding of different views
- Remember to Pause before you respond, this may be a deep breath, a break away from a meeting or sleeping on it. Even tiny pauses make a difference
- Recognize how you're thinking and feeling about a situation and how this may impact on the decisions your making – are you making a decision on rational or feeling?
- Look for the facts, delve deeper into evidence to understand your decisions and be open to seeing and hearing what is actually there. Don't depend on 'gut feeling' or 'rule of thumb'.