How to maximize professional skills?

How to maximize professional skills?Dr Lass - inverview for Connected Health Yearbook
27.02.2018

For any company, hiring an experienced and insightful professional who is already trained and fully competent is the dream for any employer. In reality those organizations that have trained such people (and they do exist!), also value them enough to keep them. You therefore need to build your own talent.

If you want to start retaining your own talent, you have probably wandered at some point – how is it that only some people are truly efficient and engaged?

Lack of work engagement

According to Gallup report State of the Global Workplace, 67% of employees are not engaged and 18% are actively disengaged at work. Jim Harter writes that the “economic consequences of this global "norm" are approximately $7 trillion in lost productivity.1.

Those numbers are truly shocking. Let’s examine this further. Does this mean that this 85% of people don’t like their jobs? Unlikely. Maybe those 18% have that problem, but what is it then in case of 67% of employees?

When you observe your staff, you may notice - they daydream, they think and discuss topics unrelated to their work. You might notice they feel preoccupied with something else, and quickly distracted by noises in the office, they aren’t engaged, they are physically present but their minds are elsewhere.

It is likely that your employees don’t really know how to properly hold their focus. Does it sound familiar? The fact is that most people operate using their autopilot mode – without full awareness on what they are actually doing.

If you generalize you can say – people have just so many more processes going in their mind than those directly related to the task/work at hand. Every one of those internal processes consumes valuable time and energy and distracts people. Therefore leading to disengagement from the real purpose of their work, they feel busy and stressed and yet don’t get things done.

Awareness and intra-personal skills can be trained

We have learnt that people are distracted when their awareness wanders, what then can be done about this?

A big part of disengagement can be explained by the fact that people don’t understand their own internal processes; therefore professional training alone might not be enough.

Until people are provided with the tools to change their mindsets, the existing attitudes and behavioral patterns will not change.

The paradox is that companies constantly train professional skills on inter-personal skills (relations between people, sales etc.) and constantly miss the importance of training the intrapersonal skills; skills based on awareness that help us manage our internal domains.

All experts use more awareness than others

Experts are often smarter in their area of expertise than others. Why? First, they understand how their input is crucial in the bigger picture. Second, they are also more aware of what they do and what kind of results that work brings. However their awareness and ability to create flow in their work is often available in narrow areas of activity and not accessible on other tasks and situations. For example, they are not aware of their own internal processes – the processes that take place in their mind. This often leads to stress and burnout (even this could be avoided if people would have right skills). Most of the time burnout comes from positive stress, not from negative stress. When things are tough, nervousness may lead to anxiety and untreated stress can cause burnout that may lead to depression. It is known fact that there is 86% overlap between burnout and depression2.

People actually need to learn the basic intra-personals skills while they are well, to prevent stress and burnout. Training intra-personals skills ensures people can stay well, and be fully focused on the task at hand. Working well and being focused leads to higher engagement! Simple!

Intrapersonal skills as a way to mental wellness and professional excellence

Self-awareness forms the basis of all intra-personal skills. If we can lead our internal world – our emotions, and our thoughts to what we need our attention/awareness focused upon, then every job becomes easier. When employees are more focused they are more productive, satisfying both employee and employer.

Employee’s intra-personal and professional developments are the two sides of the same coin. One does not exist without the other. However, until your employees are given the tools to make the changes, it is empty hope to expect any change at all. Would you expect your turnover to change or expect to find new clients without any effort? It is the same with your staff’s intra-personal skills – it takes effort to learn those skills. And this effort can only be an individual effort. The best you can do is to provide tools for this kind of development.

 

Benefits of investing in training intra-personal skills:

1. Better ability to hold focus and attention on the topic at hand.

Employees who know how to take initiative are more engaged and self-motivated, so they require less supervision.

 

2. Better access to creativity and insights.

People who know how to access creativity and have insights are the ones that can innovate. Innovation is in essence doing something completely new, that has not been of thought before. There is thinking and there is creativity. There is not creative thinking. If you have pushed creative thinking and haven’t gotten results, it might be time to re-learn how to really access creativity, insights and intuition.

 

3. More productive time at the office and less sick leave.

People who are well internally also have a healthy body. A healthy body, healthy mind approach is popular belief, however those who have mental health issues are known to have bad physical health. What often leads to mental illness is a lack of pro-active approach to mental wellness. Intra-personal skills are the foundation to great mental wellness. Great mental wellness is foundation to working well with your head and having good physical and mental health.

 

4. An advantage over other employers

Offering a personal development program for your employers makes sense, as work and life are one. Everyone wants to be happy, however happiness is not the end result – it is a result of good intra-personal skills. Creating an atmosphere where people understand what triggers emotions and how to lead them enables better co-operation and improves company culture and co-operation.

 

5. Increased employee loyalty

When a company invests in employee training and development, employees feel valued and appreciated. This makes them more loyal, and the more loyal your employees are, the more likely they are to both stay and to refer skilled friends to become colleagues at the company.

 

6. Adequate response is a competitive advantage

When your employees have a trained mind, they respond to changes adequately according to actual situations in real time. This will give your company a competitive advantage in the market. Noticing changes first and responding to all situations adequately and in the professional manner are the keys to success.

 

7. Personal fulfillment

While people need to work for income, the equally important question for them is how this is beneficial for my own personal development. The separation of work and life has always been artificial. If they can see that company cares for them and their wellness, personal fulfillment is easier to reach.

 

Wellness in broad perspective

People who are well create a workplace culture that is also well. Workplace culture is always a thing that attracts the right candidates and right customers to your organization. After all, what every person in your team and what every customer wants is the same – great personal relations, ability to have purposeful co-operation and their input is valued and knowing that all the details are equally noticed within the bigger picture. Awareness and intra-personal skills are the key skills to achieving it all!

How to train awareness and intra-personals skills?

Now you can provide access to awareness based intra-personal skills. Yes we know that its a matter of price and accessibility!

Did you know that all Wellness Orbit e-trainings are accessible 24/7 and with prices starting from as little as 4€/month per employee? For achieving results we recommend the “Getting Things Done” e-training and for staying mentally fit for work we recommend “Well Fit for Work”. The trainings we offer are designed to lead to mental wellness (or read another blog post of this topic here) and increase personal initiative.

 

Show me the e-trainings available today

If you would like to discuss a tailored package to train a small part of your team first, please get in touch with us: wellnessorbit@consciousinitiative.com.

 

 

    


 References:

1 Jim Harter "Dismal Employee Engagement Is a Sign of Global Mismanagement"; Gallup Blog; December 2017

2 Irvin Sam Schonfeld and Renzo Bianchi "Burnout and Depression: Two Entities or One?"; Journal of Clinical Psychology 72(1), p22-37; 2016. 

 

 

 

 

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