Thoughts, opinions and original research from the BAD Team


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Changing behaviour

The IKEA Effect

The IKEA effect describes how putting personal effort into something, in this case the construction of your furniture, can increase your perceived value of the item.

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Best Practice

Stress as motivation for learning

There are some unexpected benefits to experiencing a little bit of stress.
While heightened stress can feel overwhelming and decrease motivation, a little bit can help to kick-start your work, and actually enhance motivation.

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Changing behaviour

The COM-B model for digital intervention design

Companies spend a lot of time, effort and money on recruitment and onboarding. Recruitment firms can charge anywhere from 3% up to 25% of an employee’s salary. However, that’s not taking into account the internal time spent on recruiting and sales training.

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Changing behaviour

How a bias for action can impact growth

By our nature, humans want to… keep moving forward. We are keen to keep growing and progressing, whether in our personal or working lives.

It’s suggested that a bias for action is an innate tendency. Ancestors would have needed to keep moving to survive. However, we’re no longer in life-threatening danger, so why do we still feel this need to drive forward?

Today, work is our outlet for motivation, and how we progress in life. This bias for action can help to push individuals and organisations forward. In fact, monoliths like Amazon list “bias for action” as one of their key leadership principles.

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Changing behaviour

5 common workplace problems and how to fix them

The workplace can be a tricky area to navigate. Communication issues and… lack of motivation can create a poor workplace culture. Ultimately, a poor culture affects employees more over time. Even the most productive employees can be impacted by their surroundings.

Workplace problems can have a hugely negative effect on a company, with varying degrees of severity. This is an issue experienced by 85% of employees.. If they are unhappy, unmotivated and unproductive, something needs to be changed within that workplace culture. If this doesn’t happen, you’ll struggle to retain employees, causing major disruptions to cash flow and reputational damage as an employer.

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Changing behaviour

How to combat challenging behaviour at work

Challenging behaviour has a domino effect on the workplace. Typically, challenging behaviour begins due to a difficult workplace culture. It’s important not to point the finger here because sometimes the beahviour is actually a reflection of the company culture or the way the leadership team acts.

Often, employees fall into bad habits at work. It’s unlikely that any one employee is behaving poorly on purpose. However, the ongoing impact must be prevented from reaching other employees.

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