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March 15, 2023

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Why is Behavioural Science important for today’s leaders?

Behavioural Science Theory is a combination of elements of psychology, sociology, and anthropology to provide a scientific basis for understanding employee behaviour. It examines why employees are motivated by specific factors, such as social needs, conflicts, and self-actualization.

When you add Safety into the mix, it also includes the  behaviours that impact  safety performance

For many of today’s managers and leaders who have already completed a formal health and safety course, the next natural step is to deliver great results back in the workplace.

If you don’t have exposure to how behavioural change can improve business performance, then perhaps the new IOSH Approved Behavioural Science for Leadership in Safety training could be a pathway to explore.

The course gifts learners with an advanced understanding of behavioural science principles and performance relating to safety in the workplace.

What’s covered in the course?

The course is engineered using behavioural science techniques designed to instil an effective, more broad, managerial perspective that incorporates staff welfare, well-being, organisational safety and risk management. The modules are as follows;

Module 1 Safety Leadership:  This module investigates the impact of leadership and culture and how to incorporate your management style.

Module 2 Avoiding Failure or Creating Excellence: This module tests the idea that conventional health and safety is everything it takes to establish a safe workplace.

Module 3 Key Drivers of Behaviour: By understanding why we do things, we can understand how and why we do them. This module challenges the relationship between our thoughts, feelings, actions and performance to try to comprehend human behaviour.

Module 4 Behavioural Science relating to safety performance: The three critical steps – Purpose, Autonomy and Mastery – are introduced. These steps help to understand the positive influence you can have on people in your organisation.

Module 5 ABC Analysis:  Understanding there are multiple points of view or different perspectives is the first step to having an open mind. In this module, learners are encouraged to analyse the core principles by creating improved behaviours.

Module 6 Goal Setting:  How do we set the right goals for the people in our organisation? How do we measure success? Both questions can have complex answers, but this module answers them both using incorporated psychology.

The course promises to utilise decades of expert understanding in behavioural science – infused with practical and theorised knowledge of health and safety – to deliver an essential toolkit for managerial staff for businesses across the globe.

To learn more about the course and how it can benefit your today, click here to reach the course page.

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