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Neuroscience and HR

Build evidence-based HR practices that work with the brain, not against it, to gain credibility with stakeholders and drive business results.

  • Business practices that follow top-down management models, keep details from employees about their daily work, and ignore staff complaints evoke a sense of low-level threat at a neural level. As a result, employees back off and disengage.
  • The vast majority of L&D professionals are not using insights from neuroscience. A 2015 CIPD study found that only 25% of respondents integrate neuroscience findings into practice.

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Critical Insight

  • Many see social skills as the “soft and fluffy,” non-essential side of business. Neuroscience provides solid evidence that social skills play a central role in creating a productive and engaged workforce.
  • Together with HR metrics, neuroscience provides the data that HR needs to gain credibility and influence with organizational stakeholders by showing how people practices affect the bottom line.

Impact and Result

  • The study of neuroscience in HR provides new approaches to old problems, resulting in increased employee engagement and innovation.
  • Understanding how the brain responds to situations allows organizations to tailor practices and programs in a neuro-friendly way, resulting in increased performance and productivity in the areas of performance management, learning & development, workplace culture, and change management.

Neuroscience and HR Research & Tools

1. Link HR with neuroscience to build evidence-based HR practices

Understand how adopting neuroscience will benefit the organization in four key areas.

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Get the help you need in this 1-phase advisory process. You'll receive 1 touchpoints with our researchers, all included in your membership.

  • Call 1: Schedule a meeting with an analyst to learn more about neuroscience and how we can help you transition your HR practices to be neuro-friendly.


  • Amy Brann, Author
  • Dr. Adam Waytz, Psychologist, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management
  • Dr. Dalton Kehoe, President, Communicate for Life, Ltd. and Senior Scholar of Communication Studies, York University
  • Jan Hills, Partner, Head Heart + Brain Consultancy
  • Nazanin Dormani, PhD in Organizational Psychology
  • Parth Khanna, CEO, Action Pack Media Inc.
  • Scott Bohannon, CEO, AchieveForum
  • John Roberts, Founder and Principal Managing Director, Philomathia Group
  • Lisa Dodge, Director, Global Performance Programs, Microsoft Corporation