Research Report

Our minds at work: developing the behavioural science of HR

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Our minds at work: developing the behavioural science of HR

Published November 2014

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Building on previous CIPD research which looked at how behavioural science can be applied to learning and development, this report looks at the wider applications for HR and in particular its relevance to workplace behaviour and performance. Many of the insights into how our minds work have direct relevance to key HR issues, such as recruitment, people management, learning and development and organisational change.

"Behavioural science is not just a question of shaping behaviour by influencing
people in the choices they make; it is also about creating optimum conditions
for effective thinking and increasing our satisfaction and well-being."

Contents of the report

  • Foreword
  • Executive summary
            1 New perspectives for higher impact HR 
            2 What insights does behavioural science give us? 
            3 Applications: how can HR benefit? 
            4 How much should we rely on behavioural science?
  • Next steps: forthcoming CIPD research on behavioural science

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