We all instinctively resist change. Have you noticed that?
Do you walk your dog the same way every morning? Eat the same thing for breakfast? Do the same workout?
We love our habits.
Okay, we don’t really LOVE them. The fact is, we don’t even think about them. Our brain just goes into autopilot for much of our day as we do so many things the same way day in and day out.
But here’s the problem. We live in a world changing dramatically. Systems are changing. Policies are changing. Technology is changing on the daily.
We have to change too. Our organizations have to adjust, innovate and move in new directions BUT as humans, as individuals we WILL naturally resist.
Which is why your organization may need a day of firsts.
Heck, you might even want a year of firsts every Friday, for example. (See last week’s blog: Vynamic, SEI, Pfizer all have their own version of “day of firsts”.)
Imagine how much buzz and excitement there would be if you had a day when your employees got to choose new experiences and fun workshops all day long, or once a week at lunch time.
- Learn to hula hoop, juggle, make a healthy smoothie, knit, card tricks, meditate
- Lessons on social media: how to use Instagram or LinkedIn
- How to shoot and edit a video on your iPhone
- Special outings to throw axes, glass blowing, wood working
- Bring in special speakers, experts, and authors.
Why invest in this? What’s the ROI? What does a day of firsts get you?
Why encourage your team members or employees to dare themselves?
- Our brains wake up and light up with new positive experiences creating new neural pathways.
- We get a hit of the feel good chemical dopamine when we have a positive new experience.
- We are happier.
- We are more creative and productive when we have a healthy diet of new experiences in our lives. They can be small. It doesn’t matter.
- We bond with people when we share first time experiences.
- We become more open to change and less resistant to trying new technology, implementing new policies.
Not to mention, done properly, with some creativity and input from employees, this is the kind of thing that can help you recruit and retain your employees.
The ability to keep your workforce agile, able to move in new directions as needed, requires a culture that rewards a little daring, creativity and encouragement to try new things.
Does your organization dare you try first time experiences? A special day? I’d love to hear about it.