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Why Your Company Needs to Embrace and Encourage Curiosity

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Once viewed with grudging suspicion by many employers, curiosity has rightly come to be seen now as a highly valued asset by organisations all over the world. The more curious an employee might be, the more likely they are to be asking the right questions both now and into the future. Development Beyond Learning’s highly rated Curiosity training module gives HR Managers and Early Talent Managers an opportunity to expose both new and existing team members to the many benefits of having a curious nature.

 

There was a time not so long ago when curiosity in the workplace was deemed to be somewhat suspicious at best and, at worst, downright dangerous. Some employees, even key team members with the talent and experience to succeed, were often considered to be something of a threat to the company’s success. This was partly because that curiosity, it was thought, could lead to a disruption in efficiency and, worse, a risk to existing strategies and practices.

Those days are disappearing fast, though, with more and more employers waking up to the realisation that curiosity, as a personal characteristic, should be nurtured, encouraged and developed. According to the Harvard Business Review, however, too many employers still make attempts to stifle curiosity. If you’re a senior manager in Human Resources, Talent Acquisition and the like, you need to be seeing curious individuals as a prized asset. In short, it could be time to do a full 180-degree turn on your viewpoint in this area.

The benefits to the business can include:

Ask questions, make changes, achieve success

Irrespective of the sector in which an individual works, or indeed the position they may be holding, a curious nature can be a significant asset. There is no longer an insistence on remaining fully within an accepted structure without asking oneself “what will happen if I do this instead?”. Pushing against the boundaries can lead to exciting new approaches that bring benefits to the individual, the team and the organisation.

We hear more and more about disruptors in the business world these days. Companies that have brought brand new ideas, concepts and strategies to existing frameworks have pioneered major transformations in the way we work. These organisations – and in some cases, individuals – may seem to be ground-breaking innovators that we’ve never really seen before, but most of the time it was curiosity that gave them the impetus to change things in the first place.

In the current economic climate, companies in all industry sectors need to become (and remain) open to change, so it’s vital for business leaders to encourage curiosity, using it as a vital tool for continuing improvement. Identifying the curious among a sizeable annual graduate intake could be crucial for your organisation’s future success, and the first step towards this lies in the ability to embrace curiosity and what it can do for you.

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Changing the company by changing the individual

Once you’ve identified those who are likely to adopt curiosity as an effective business tool, it will be beneficial to encourage this within their departmental teams. Other employees who may not seem as inquisitive will be encouraged when seeing their colleagues ‘pushing the envelope’ on a regular basis, and can therefore start to see the benefits of adopting a similar approach. In time, that much-needed curiosity could become a prominent part of the intrinsic company culture.

Needless to say, if your employees start to develop enhanced levels of curiosity, it will be good for their personal development, too. According to research carried out by the University of California, Berkeley, curious people tend to be more positive and more satisfied with their lives, while at the same time have lower anxiety levels. Clearly, the benefits brought by having a curious nature can be felt on many levels.

Development Beyond Learning offers a highly impressive training module on this subject, exploring both the advantages of curiosity and the potential barriers that can hinder its adoption. This will enable delegates to not only learn more about the need to become more curious, but also how to identify situations in which it can lead to tangible improvements. The inevitable outcome will be a clearer understanding of what curiosity can bring, and how to apply it in the workplace. The application of behavioural science via DBL’s modules will inevitably lead to your teams becoming more effective and more productive.

Key aspects of the training include:

…and more.

This is not the time to be standing still

The business world continues to be increasingly competitive, and as a result the need to develop graduate intakes in the right way has become an absolute must. Those who are tasked with providing the most productive training need to understand the importance of curiosity, and of course how it can have an impact on every employee, every team and every strategy. Without it, stretching the boundaries of the future will be something that other companies do. Can you afford to be left behind?

 

To find out more about how curiosity can bring benefits to your company and your employees, simply get in touch with DBL. Our friendly, knowledgeable team can be reached at info@developmentbeyondlearning.com, or via our Contact page. We hope to hear from you soon.

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