Can Your Company Benefit From Mindset Training?
Tuesday June 21st, 2016
Estimated time to read: 3 minutes
Employees feel better equipped on the job when they are confident that they can handle crises that arise in the workplace. When stressors in the workplace add up, they can easily burn out even the best of employees. Add that to the stresses that employees face outside of the workplace, and you may find that you have a tense environment building in your company.
Mindset training teaches employees that it’s not a matter of whether or not they face stress in the workplace, but how they handle it and create solutions to excel in their day-to-day environments.
One of the main objectives of mindset training is to teach employees that they are responsible for their own successes through personalized goal setting, and that they don’t need to feel as if they are trying to stumble upon good luck. Teaching employees to set their own goals and take ownership in them also allows employees to take pride in their work and the success of your company.
When employees set their own goals, instead of trying to adapt solely to one-size-fits-all goals, they will strive to succeed in their personal achievements rather than worrying about who is passing them in the race to success. This mindset creates an environment where employees push each other to succeed, without creating tension or rivalries.
Encouraging creative problem solving is another important part of mindset training. Employees need to be empowered with the knowledge that by inventing creative solutions, they can break out of their mental ruts and regain momentum toward reaching their goals.
Problem-solving skills not only prevent employees from getting burned out, but supervisors and managers as well. Many times, when employers take a one-size-fits-all approach to training, they miss out on their employees’ unique talents and skills. As a result, those employees feel like they’re stuck in a box, and supervisors miss out on taking advantage of their strengths.
Self-directed learning is a tool that mindset training uses to teach employees to recognize the skills and materials they need to excel in their jobs. There is no blanket approach to learning with mindset training. Employees learn on the job so that they can learn the “why” as well as the “what” when it comes to job duties. Mindset training also encourages employees to learn as part of a bigger community, promoting an environment of support instead of isolation.
Stress is a major factor for employees who mentally give up on their jobs. While they may be present in body, their minds are trying to escape deadlines and whatever demands their job may be placing on them. Mindset training encourages development of stress management techniques by teaching employees to recognize and overcome subconscious mental habits that can add to their mental load. For example, an employee might feel like he or she doesn’t have as much to bring to the table as a co-worker because they have different skill sets.
Mindset training can also teach employees to overcome negative self-talk, which is a big part of stress-management. When employees learn the difference between honestly assessing a situation and falling into the trap of negativity, their stress load will be greatly reduced.
Trevor Moawad, a mindset consultant, said, “Words really are not true or false, they are tools to program the subconscious to predict and perpetuate positive or negative attitudes and behaviors...What we tell ourselves is 10 times more powerful than what anybody else can tell us.”
It is important to create a positive workplace environment with words. Learning to speak truthfully and positively can be contagious, and it allows employees to give their best, even on the toughest workdays.
Learning how to manage self-composure in stressful situations is a very valuable tool that mindset training offers. Sometimes stressful situations present themselves with little to no warning and your employees will feel more confident on the job when they are prepared to handle themselves professionally, even in difficult circumstances.
Managing self-composure can include learning helpful breathing techniques, developing better listening skills, and learning to ask questions of a situation before making a judgment call. These skills can improve customer service and employee retention, and also reduce the amounts of stress placed on supervisors and managers.
When employees face a stressor or series of major stressors at work, it can be difficult for them to get back in the swing of things. When employees learn to manage stress effectively, they can overcome obstacles and become even better employees than they were before.
If you’ve been wondering if mindset training is right for your company, just ask yourself some of these questions:
- Do I want to foster an environment of teamwork?
- Am I seeing lackluster performance from my employees as a result of burnout from stress or lack of developed problem-solving skills?
- Do my employees earn great scores during training, only to decline in performance several months down the road?
If the answer to any of these questions above is yes, then your company could benefit from mindset training. It offers the opportunity to educate and empower your employees with the skills they need to create personal success and improve your organization. Not only will they feel more successful on the job, through evaluating and adjusting their mindsets, but in every other area of their lives as well.
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