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April 22nd, 2019

Scheduled Activities

Kat Rowe

Lead Content Specialist

Kat Rowe

Lead Content Specialist

How Scheduling Activities Can Change Employee Behavior & Overall Wellbeing.

Making the right choice isn’t always easy. It’s hard to come by someone who hasn’t made an attempt at changing their behavior, whether it be eating healthier, reducing stress, or improving leadership style. This doesn’t mean behavior change is impossible. Thanks to the brain’s neuroplasticity, or ability to change and adapt, creating good habits can boost the ability to create and sustain a vibrant wellbeing.

Establishing small habit changes over time has been shown to promote long term behavior change, so each healthy choice that is taken has potential to impact the individual’s overall health and wellbeing. Three critical pieces to the behavior change formula are autonomy, planning, and reminders.

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Individuals are much more likely to successfully change habits on the long-term for behaviors they care about and feel strongly about (Gardner, Lally, & Wardle, 2012). So often, individuals within an organization are given a single goal or challenge to work towards. While this singular goal and camaraderie may appeal to some on the short term, the longevity of this change is minimal unless an individual has an innate interest and desire to change that habit. Giving the choice in what to work on makes it more likely that an individual will establish a habit change for the long haul.

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Features are developed to help our members plan, execute, measure and maintain healthy behavior changes. From Courses to personalized content, and reminders that go with them, we encourage members to take charge of their wellbeing – making lasting changes that stick.

Planning

Scheduling a specific time to do an activity minimizes a large, common barriers – procrastination. Making the commitment to complete a healthy activity puts more weight on the action, and connects the immediate intention with the specific steps needed to achieve a goal. It requires the individual to think about how and when they can realistically take the action, increasing the likelihood of followthrough (Rogers, Milkman, John, Norton, 2015).

Reminders

Forgetfulness is another common barrier that can be overcome by receiving reminders to take action, at the right time. Prompting the individual to complete the action at a self-set time removes the dependency on the individual to remember to perform the activity. When plans can be made and timely reminders provided, the likelihood of changing a behavior increases. (Rogers, Milkman, John, Norton, 2015)

Let Benovate Help Improve Your Organizations Overall Wellbeing…

Behavior change is hard, but leveraging autonomy, planning and reminders can assist in making new habits stick. Benovate allows Members to choose which activities, or behaviors, they would like to complete, provides a scheduling mechanism, and gives a reminders when the time comes to take action. Each small step is a step towards improved overall wellbeing. Take the next step for you and your organization today by setting up a demo, and learn more about how Benovate can help.

Sources:
Gardner, B., Lally, P., & Wardle, J. (2012). Making health habitual: The psychology of ‘habit-formation’ and general practice. British Journal of General Practice,62(605), 664-666. doi:10.3399/bjgp12x659466
Rogers, T., Milkman, K. L., John, L. K., & Norton, M. I. (2015). Beyond good intentions: Prompting people to make plans improves follow-through on important tasks. Behavioral Science & Policy,1(2), 33-41.

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