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Brain Training for the Corporate Environment

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Brain Training for the Corporate Environment




Today’s current corporate culture

For most corporate managers there is a delicate balance between meeting time sensitive performance objectives and maintaining a high degree of employee engagement. Often there arises conflict as one task demands a greater consumption of employee time and resource and the other focuses on the mindset of the employee and their engagement with work, which often includes time away from work stress. Needless to say, increased stressors in the work environment are added to a stewing mix of work objectives, work/life balance, and employee satisfaction and are creating a witches brew of organization dysfunction.

Managers are often given the task of reducing stress, by applying the “stress management in a box” approach. This is basically a hodgepodge of disparate tools or practices, which assumes the employee to bear the greater burden of responsibility and for which the manager is typically undertrained to administer.  This is just another check mark on an increasingly long to do list of management responsibilities and typically falls down to the lowest priority.  And as we all know crap rolls downhill – stress does as well, sinking to the bottom, where everyone floats in it.

The costs of not effectively managing employee stress are significant. Health costs, both physical and mental rise as the stress levels increase. Employees may show lack of focus and concentration as issues surrounding work/life balance mix with an increasingly stressful work environment.  Employee absenteeism and turnover accelerate, as employees attempt to cope with an untenable work place. Creativity and productivity suffer as well as motivation for both dissipates.

Current Solutions offered by corporations to combat stress

Most solutions offered by HR departments center around some type of cognitive management of the stress, where there is active thought reframing of the presenting stressors. Many progressive companies are now offering classes in meditation, yoga or mindfulness practices, to aid in the management of thoughts associated with stress. Employees are often encouraged to exercise more to relieve the buildup of stress related illness. In addition, from an environmental standpoint, more educational and developmental opportunities are provided to staff to help them increase competence within the organization and reduce stressors related to the ability to perform their jobs. Management can step up to aid stress management by helping employees understand  objectives and deliverables and can increase employee engagement by delegating more decisioning to the staff. And of course, everyone agrees that work life balance is a noble goal – although often just beyond reach for most employees.

But, honestly, let’s get real. The efficacy of just telling people to relax, de-stress, and then throwing them back into the fire, is hardly the answer. Most staff don’t have the bandwidth to squeeze in another stress reduction activity in their hyper busy lives; especially, if there is some active mental task required to produce the state of relaxation required.

Is there an easy and effective alternative? In a word, yes. Passive solutions may actually be a more effective and timely to reduce staff stress. These solutions uniquely bypass the conscious critical mind, which often serves to be a source of much of the stress in our lives.

Brain training as an alternative approach

Brain training, such as using neurofeedback, promotes brain efficiency and resiliency. It helps the brain unwind the cumulative stress, helping to increase the brains ability to handle stress and life’s turbulence more effectively.  The process is passive and relaxing and only requires 30 minutes of time. The results can last days afterwards.   Brain training promotes clarity and focus and is a cost effective means for reducing stress and managing other stress related health issues.

Dynamical neurofeedback and guided relaxation via hypnosis

Using Zengar’s Neuroptimal® system, a dynamical neurofeedback system, these results can be achieved almost effortlessly. Neuroptimal® is a highly portable system that can be set up in a small office space for use with employee stress management. Employees can be rotated through on their breaks, and return to work refreshed, relaxed and refocused.  In addition, guided relaxation utilizing hypnosis techniques, can be taught to staff easily and can be a take home process (i.e., self-hypnosis) they can use every day to relax and detox from stress.

Talk to BrainPilots today about designing a program for brain training for your staff.




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