Understanding the human brain and how humans work and behave is a very nifty skill to have. The study of psychology monitors mental functions and behaviours.
Psychology is used to continually improve people from all walks of life.
It can help people with their memories, it can give people the right mind-set – it is becoming more and more popular in many industries.
Social sciences are being taught at A Level and may even push its way into lower key stages in the coming years.
When you want to study a business related course at university it is becoming more and more common that you will study the core business subject alongside a social science.
Not too long ago I lived with some sports scientists and we had conversations about how sports psychology is used to help give people that mental edge over their opponents. One of them was at Bournemouth Football Club and the introduction of a sports psychologist ended their losing streak and gave them the momentum of a seven game winning streak.
After Richard Hammond’s famous crash filming for Top Gear, it was psychology that revived his short term memory.
Using psychology to make gains and improvements as a manager is something that should be rifer.
Everyone is familiar with Frederick Herzberg’s Motivation-Hygiene theory – which shows that job satisfaction and dissatisfaction are measured in different ways. Knowing what motivates your employees and knowing what makes them tick will only work in your favour.
Now there is the hurdle of not only trying to read people face to face, but by reading people over social media. Networking is now mostly done online over platforms like LinkedIn so coming across well on these platforms is a must.
Understanding issues in mind-set at work means that they can be diagnosed, meaning that both the individual and the performance of the business will simultaneously improve. This as a result can improve factors like productivity and at the same time will reduce negative factors such as labour turnover.
Using psychometric tools during the recruitment and selection process will eliminate any candidates that do not share the same values and beliefs of the company.
Culture, coaching and development – they all fall under the business psychology category.
There are many books, videos, Slideshares and other documents online that can help you grasp business psychology, which you can then implement in the workplace.
Just small changes in your managerial approach can have such a highly positive impact.
Head of Training and Development
Originally published: 25 June, 2014