The Brain-Friendly Workplace
The Brain-Friendly Workplace
A smart, science-based approach to retaining your talent
and making the world of work a better place
Companies are struggling to retain their talent, while improving diversity, performance, and well-being. Yet most of these initiatives fail. Why? They keep trying to change the workers instead of the workplace.
Let’s face it. The old corporate paradigm of extreme hours, little sleep, endless meetings, and nonstop travel is dead. No one wants to go back to that. It’s bad for performance, bad for everyone’s mental and physical health, and above all, it’s bad for our brains. The future of business requires a bold, flexible new plan that helps each of us to reach our peak performance without sacrificing our well-being, our social life, or our sanity.
What can we do to retain our most talented employees while boosting performance, well-being, and diversity?
- A brain-friendly workplace can close the growing “neuro gap”, discouraging toxic work environments and rescuing failed gender-diversity initiatives.
- They may not be quite as unique as our fingerprints, but each of us has our own neurosignature, the product of four neurochemicals that defines the way we approach our lives and determines what we consider fascinating, stressful, or boring. Modern workplaces need to add what I call “Neurosignature diversity” to their agenda.
- More companies need to replace the long hours of a “hustle culture” with an “outcome culture.” Those that have are experiencing greater productivity and witnessing a “happiness impact.”
- To get more done in less time, employees need to be able to access the flow state often and easily. A simple cocktail of three ingredients – fun, fear, and focus – can make this possible.
- Likewise, workplaces that support sports, sleep, snacks, and sunlight will help employees achieve “neurobalance” and realize their full potential.
- Although extreme stress is bad for all types of brains, we each have our own “optimal stress point.” It’s vital to know how to hack stress to work for you—instead of against you.
- Bonding at work is all about oxytocin, the neurochemical that fosters trust and love. The 10 Commandments of Great Work Relationships can help teams to foster emotional connections – even across Zoom!
- The traditional workplace often alienates introverts and squanders their strengths. The brain-friendly workplace can unleash the quiet power of introversion.
- Most workplaces are child-free, forcing parents to choose between their careers and their kids. The brain-friendly workplace will attract top talent by integrating family life.
- Groupthink can destroy the creativity of even the most thought-diverse team. The brain-friendly workplace encourages dissent, promotes group flow, and leads to greater innovation.