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How Do We Help People Who Are Too Busy to Learn in Their Workplace?

A common refrain echoes in modern organisations’ bustling corridors: “We’re just too busy.” This sentiment, particularly when it comes to learning in the workplace, presents a significant challenge. Are organisations hiring more staff to lighten the load? Not normally. Does this mean learning in the workplace should take a backseat to daily tasks? Let’s explore.

The Learning Dilemma in Busy Workplaces:

It’s a conundrum many organisations face. On one hand, continuous learning in the workplace is vital for growth and adaptation. On the other, the relentless pace of work seems to leave little room for such development. So, how do we reconcile this?

In our consultations with companies seeking programs or workshops, we first delve into the desired outcomes. Sometimes, traditional learning isn’t the only – or even the most efficient – path to these goals.

Understanding the Need: Awareness vs. Behavioural Change:

The critical question we ask is: Does the situation require conscious awareness, or is it a matter of doing things differently?

Far too frequently, we try to ‘teach’ people things that could be nudged with behavioural change strategies. Internal communications, formal training, and HR interventions are common, but may not always be the most effective approach. When you need behavioural change in the workplace, let’s turn to the most appropriate science. The benefits are clear:

  • More effective and quicker change.
  • Reduced cognitive load, freeing up mental resources for critical thinking.

Embracing Behavioral Science for Change:

When behavioural change is the goal, applying the right scientific principles can be transformative. Learning in the workplace becomes more about guiding behaviour than just imparting knowledge.

Training When Awareness is Key:

Conversely, there are times when awareness is crucial and training is necessary. Here, behavioural science still plays a pivotal role. It helps create

learning modules in the workplace that are shorter, more engaging, and easier to digest.


In the constant hustle of today’s work environments, understanding and applying behavioural science principles can make a world of difference. It’s not just about adding more to the plate; it’s about smarter, more efficient ways to foster learning in the workplace and change.

Before embarking on any learning initiative, ask yourself: Are we leveraging behavioural science to its fullest potential to aid learning in the workplace and foster change?

Synaptic Potential’s programmes are meticulously designed to nurture and strengthen habits that allow individuals to access and leverage their Whole Brain Potential more effectively. Join us on this enlightening journey to explore the full capabilities of your mind and unlock the potential that awaits.

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