Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 57

MICHELLE EGGLESTON SCHWARTZ

LEARNER
MINDSET

HOW DISCOMFORT ENABLES GROWTH

Everyone has felt anxiety when trying
something for the first time. Stepping
outside of your comfort zone is scary,
discouraging many people from
embracing new opportunities. However,
it's these moments of unease that push
us to grow and reach our full potential -
if we're willing to persevere.
Let's be honest: There's comfort in routines
and predictable workflows. But navigating
life on cruise control lacks the richness
and reward gained from accomplishing
difficult goals. It's the challenges and
setbacks along the way that create a
profound sense of achievement.
In the current business climate, employees
are being bombarded by challenges
due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From transitioning to a remote work
environment to ensuring compliance with
safety guidelines, displaced employees
are struggling to navigate their new
realities. They're anxious, stressed and
uncomfortable in the unknown. As a
first-time mother to a six-month-old baby
during the pandemic, adapting to the
rapid changes has been difficult to say
the least. Juggling remote work and family
life has been a humbling experience as a
mother, wife, leader and peer.
Prior to the pandemic, it was easier to
separate work and home life, especially
for those accustomed to working in
an office. This crisis has blended both
worlds - with video conferencing
tools inviting clients, customers and
colleagues into our homes, and pets
and family members making impromptu
appearances. Through all the disruption,

the pandemic has challenged people to
apply new ways of thinking and working.
When your dining room becomes your
new office and your baby becomes your
new co-worker - creativity, resilience
and empathy emerge from the chaos.

CHANGE FUELS
INNOVATION, AND
INGENUITY IS GOING TO
HELP ORGANIZATIONS
EVOLVE IN TIMES
OF DISRUPTION.
Change fuels innovation, and ingenuity is
going to help organizations evolve in times
of disruption. Learning and development
(L&D) professionals play a pivotal role in
helping employees adjust to business
changes and excel in the current climate.
Here are a few ways L&D can help
employees embrace change during times
of disruption:
*	 Integrate mindfulness into day-today work life: Uncertainty creates
anxiety and stress, making it difficult
to think clearly and concentrate.
Mindfulness can help alleviate these
issues. Mindfulness is defined as
"maintaining a moment-by-moment
awareness of our thoughts, feelings,
bodily sensations, and surrounding
environment." By teaching mindfulness
practices like meditation, employees
can become more adaptable to
change, increase their problem-solving
skills and demonstrate more empathy
toward others.

*	 Promote a perspective of empathy:
Empathy is not about being nice,
compassionate or sympathetic; it's
about understanding and sharing
someone else's feelings. It's about
putting yourself in someone else's
shoes to allow yourself to see things
from their perspective. In moments of
change and disruption, empathy can
help employees better understand
others, leading to an increase in
communication and productivity.
*	 Encourage clear, transparent communication: Open communication is
necessary during times of disruption.
By maintaining ongoing communication
and outlining how this change is going to
impact employees, leaders can garner
support. When people feel valued and
respected, they will inevitably work
harder for your bottom line.
*	 Connect in meaningful and fun ways:
Creating ways for employees to
connect during times of disruption can
improve motivation and engagement.
Informal activities - like a happy hour
event - can strengthen employee
morale and connect colleagues on a
more meaningful level.
Disruption and change can create
overwhelming anxiety and stress
for employees. By leaning into the
discomfort, we can step outside
our comfort zone and embrace new
opportunities that will push us forward.
Michelle Eggleston Schwartz is the
editorial director at Training Industry, Inc.
Email Michelle.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020

Consider Application When Redefining Your Training Programs
Table of Contents
Talent Development's Answer to Upskilling and Reskilling For the Future
How Will You Manage Behavior Change Challenges Post COVID-19?
Line of Sight: The Ultimate Learning Transfer Strategy
Behavior Change Is a Function of Proactive Positioning and Immediate Reinforcement
Aligning Games and Activities to Context to Encourage Action and Lighten the Load
Learn On the Job: A Spaced Learning Approach
Practice Doesn't Make Perfect … Perfect Practice Makes Perfect
Harnessing Informal Learning
The Backbone of the Smart Factory: A Network of Immersive Training
The Learning Transfer Elephant
5 Ways to Maximize Your On-the-Job Training Program
Are Keystone Habits the Magic Bullet for Training Outcomes?
How Vanderbilt University Conquered the Impossible: Affordably Scaling Ultrasound Training
Buyer Beware: Don't Invest in Cross-Cultural Training You Don't Need
Hackathons as a Means to Cultivate a Learning Organization
5 Ways to Improve the Performance of Your Learners
How Discomfort Enables Growth
Enabling Ubiquitous Learning: Cornerstone OnDemand Acquires Saba Software
Company News
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - Intro
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 1
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 2
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - Consider Application When Redefining Your Training Programs
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 4
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - Table of Contents
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 6
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 7
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 8
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - Talent Development's Answer to Upskilling and Reskilling For the Future
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 10
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - How Will You Manage Behavior Change Challenges Post COVID-19?
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 12
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - Line of Sight: The Ultimate Learning Transfer Strategy
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 14
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - Behavior Change Is a Function of Proactive Positioning and Immediate Reinforcement
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - Aligning Games and Activities to Context to Encourage Action and Lighten the Load
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 17
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 18
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 19
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - Learn On the Job: A Spaced Learning Approach
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 21
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 22
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 23
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - Practice Doesn't Make Perfect … Perfect Practice Makes Perfect
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 25
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 26
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 27
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - Harnessing Informal Learning
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 29
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 30
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 31
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - The Backbone of the Smart Factory: A Network of Immersive Training
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 33
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 34
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 35
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - The Learning Transfer Elephant
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Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 38
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 39
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 5 Ways to Maximize Your On-the-Job Training Program
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Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 43
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Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - Are Keystone Habits the Magic Bullet for Training Outcomes?
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 46
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 47
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - How Vanderbilt University Conquered the Impossible: Affordably Scaling Ultrasound Training
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Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - Buyer Beware: Don't Invest in Cross-Cultural Training You Don't Need
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Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 52
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - Hackathons as a Means to Cultivate a Learning Organization
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 54
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 5 Ways to Improve the Performance of Your Learners
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - 56
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - How Discomfort Enables Growth
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2020 - Enabling Ubiquitous Learning: Cornerstone OnDemand Acquires Saba Software
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