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Work Habits Training

Jarrad Asquith
Kaitlyn Loft

By Jarrad Asquith, Faciliator, and Kaitlyn Loft, Learning Designer,
4 July 2024

Thinka’s ‘Create Habits’ Workshop

The word ‘habits’ often gets a bad rap. But good habits have the power to unite teams and help them work as a cohesive whole. Bad habits, on the other hand, can destroy teams and undermine success. Developing healthy team habits can just mean a small tweak for each person but when combined, makes a big difference.

What teams will explore

  • The concept of ‘tiny habits’
  • The value of investing in small tweaks
  • Celebrating and getting a ‘dopamine hit’
  • Facing ‘the dip’ and overcoming resistance
  • Consistency in habit building

What teams will apply

  • Strategies for building tiny habits
  • Small tweaks to improve performance
  • Positive reinforcement to stay motivated
  • Techniques for dealing with resistance
  • A method for ‘sticking at the new habit’
Workshop Purpose

In this fast-paced world of work, teams need to establish better work habits to help them maintain both productivity and wellbeing. When you have a team that is proficient in time management, good work habits and soft skills, you’re better able to achieve outcomes. Employees need effective effective systems and tools for improving work habits. The purpose of this workshop is to offer practical frameworks for teams to build positive habits so they they can overcome bad habits and minimise behaviours like procrastination.

Working with organisations, we know that teams need good work habits to help with the unique challenges they’re facing, like:

  1. Hybrid working environments: Employees are taking on greater responsibility for self-management in hybrid working environments. Team members are expected to take ownership for managing projects and tasks and show initiative. Employees who can manage their time and productivity will cope better in this type of working environment. 
  2. Less time: There is a perception that there is ‘less time’ for tasks – because employees are often spread across different roles, teams or projects. There is a lot of flexibility required in modern workplaces that can make it feel like there’s ‘less time’ for everything. Challenging poor work habits and cultivating new skills in adaptability can help employees manage in this type of work environment. 
  3. Work-life balance: Balancing work and personal responsibilities is challenging but employees who create healthy workplace habits can maximise personal productivity. This gives them an edge on dealing with important tasks and multiple priorities in both their work and personal life. 
  4. Complex world of work: Living in a ‘VUCA’ (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) environment means that teams need to be able to cope with multiple tasks and constant challenges. Covid recovery, economic instability and hybrid working have all changed the way we experience work. Good work habits help employees balance priorities and keep stress at bay. 
  5. Constant upskilling: Professional development is not an event and upskilling is continually required to keep up with things like changing technology and new systems. Employees need to continue to learn and build new habits, so they are meeting organisational expectations and achieving work outcomes.

Overall, healthy habits make it easier for teams to achieve goals, tasks and project outcomes, so organisations can achieve greater levels of productivity and success.

Workshop Benefits

With the help of this workshop, skills that teams can put in place to enhance performance include:

  1. Personal development: This involves the ability to regulate one’s own emotions and overcome defeating behaviours like perfectionism and procrastination. Employees can improve their personal and career development by engaging in reflection, by seeking feedback, and by putting a system in place for building good workplace habits. 
  2. Teamwork: Collaboration and teamwork contributes to a good work habits strategy, as it encourages dependability and trust. When team members are working productively and meeting deadlines, they can rely on each other to produce results. 
  3. Critical thinking skills: When employees engage in better work habits because of sound sound thinking skills, it helps to reduce inefficiency. They properly assess problems or challenges to decide on an action plan. Critical thinkers can also talk themselves out of moments of procrastination and uncertainty to improve job performance. 
  4. Becoming active learners: Active learning is a critical skill for employees in today’s work environment, as they often need to upskill quickly to keep up with expectations. Employees who are prepared to learn in the flow of work continuously apply new skills on the job, increasing productivity and output.

By developing competencies in these practical skills, teams build productivity and good work habits – enhancing their workday and sense of wellbeing.

Workshop FAQs

What is Work Habits Training?

Thinka’s ‘Create Habits’ workshop is specifically designed for teams to challenge bad habits and build new, healthy habits to improve productivity. It aims to provide participants with the skills, tools and confidence necessary to set up systems of new habits that work. Our experienced facilitators have worked with teams across Australia and draw from case studies, stories and shared experiences.

Why should my organisation offer Work Habits Training?

Being part of this workshop can help teams build systems of work habits that can be realistically applied in the flow of work. It can also help participants to break through self-defeating behaviours like procrastination and perfectionism that might be holding them back. The workshop experience is designed to help teams learn from each other and see how they might help each other build new habits for success.

Who can attend Work Habits Training?

This workshop is designed for teams. We focus on building skills in habit forming and personal productivity that are more than just ticking off ‘to do lists’. This training can also be customised for emerging leaders, frontline leaders, or middle management as well. A team leader might want to be involved in the session with their team too.

Is Work Habits Training only available in person?

This workshop can be delivered in person, or in a virtual or hybrid format; depending on the organisation’s workspace. It is a highly interactive session, typically made up of strategies, discussions and a series of activities to support on the job application. The training can be complemented with coaching sessions with a Thinka coach. Coaching plays an important role in challenging bad habits and developing new habits. Organisations might also opt for a blended program that makes use of an online course as well, to support on the job application.

This workshop opened my eyes to seeing the challenges of others and how they relate to me. Incorporating the training into knowing these challenges was very useful.

Create Habits participant, Eilbeck Cranes

Workshop Outline

Delivery Options

In Person Workshop

Virtual Workshop

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Key Outcomes

1. Team members who invest in new and positive habits.

2. Team members who can apply the ‘tiny habits’ principle.

3. Team members who have strategies for facing resistance.

4. Team members who can overcome ‘the dip’ in the change curve.

5. Team members who are consistent in committing to new habits.

Target Audience

Teams
Leaders

Learning Approach

Experiential and application based learning

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Growth Mindset For Teams

Our in-person workshops maximise opportunities for robust conversation, experiential activities and intensive group work. This is no ‘death by PowerPoint’ experience – our facilitators are skilled in presenting and leading immersive experiences that get the most out of people. Supported by multimedia, attractive takeaway pages and practical strategies for using back on the job – our in-person workshops build a formidable bridge between exploration and application. We have a 10 person minimum for an in person workshop.

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Our virtual workshops breathe fresh life into the online experience with their almost ‘radio show’ feel. Our expert facilitators use a combination of multimedia, questioning techniques and break out activities to target micro-skills – with a focus on application. Supported by an online platform hosting custom-built workshop materials, participants can be assured of a lively, dynamic session that has a distinct bias to action. We have a 6 person minimum for a virtual workshop.
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This audience includes team members who are developing skills to perform their role with greater capability. The skills are geared toward increasing personal and professional effectiveness and are transferable across different contexts – making them last as they move through their career development journey.
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This audience includes ‘middle management’ leaders who support team members in capability building. The skills are geared toward increasing leadership effectiveness and driving performance in team members in modern work contexts. These skills are flexible and built to grow with individuals as they evolve in their leadership journeys.
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Thinka believes that every learner needs to walk away being able to do something differently once they’ve engaged in a learning solution. The real power is in every individual applying their learning. Our behaviour-based methods, supported by the latest research, are key to making the steps for change relevant and realistic.

Thinka supports with methods like storytelling, experiential activities or rich questioning, but ultimately, we know the integration between solution and real world is the most crucial part of the learning experience. That is why we look for ways to ‘build a bridge’ between the solution we provide and what happens back out on the job.

Whether it’s an application template, a set of strategies, some tips or a ‘how to’ model – we work hard to provide every learner with not just information but the tools they need to make a real difference.

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