Psychology Today: Understanding Left vs. Right Brain for Employee Training and Development

January 3, 20194:55 pm3064 views

A study showed that training and development programme is vital for employees performance. Giving positive impact on performance, training should be designed on the basis of the firm’s specific needs and objectives. According to the research, “Effective training is a thoughtful intervention designed at attaining the learning necessary for upgraded employee’s performance.”

Another study by 2020 Project Management found that training and development can improve employees satisfaction and morale, address employee’s weaknesses, give consistency in workforce, reduce employee turnover, as well as enhance company reputation profile.  

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What’s more? According to Training Mag, training and development is somehow a challenge because 90 percent of new skills disappear within a year. In that case, Training Mag suggests “brain science” to make the information stay longer – possibly not being forgotten. Likewise, to understand how brain works, you have to understand its functions. Similar to the brain’s hemispheres look, they actually manage very different functions, which are attributed to different characteristics and abilities.

Left brain – People who use their left side of their brain often are goal-oriented and well-organised. Left brainers are critical thinkers and rarely absent minded. They are more organised with their plan as things are done in a planned orderly way such as a to-do list. They are more rational and their feelings do not get in the way when making decision. As people said, left brain usually is logical. It means that they are smart in terms of math or science and sequencing ideas, more precise in conducting a research and more realistic to a goal.

Therefore, when training a left-brain employees, you better be linear and sequenced. You should also train them based on fact and use statistical data. By doing so, your employees will process information better.

Right brain – People with right brain are slightly disorganised, unpredictable, and emotional. They are often good with people and philosophical. They are more impulsive as they do thing spontaneously. Their emotional tends to ponder and act on feelings. Different from left brainers, right-brain people are more creative and artistic. Their skills lie in sports, writing fictions, drawing, or playing music. They are more intuitive so they are good problem solvers.

Therefore, when training employees who are dominant with their right brain, you should be more creative in training them. You should create fantasy-oriented learning and random processing. Your information should be able to be touched, seen, or heard than analytic one.

All in all, understanding each type of employee in your organisation is important. Moreover, understanding how your employees can retain information longer is far more vital. In that case, you might need to combine each of your training strategy so every employee can absorb the information better according to their learning style. As Confucius said, “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.”

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