Using neuroscience to ready your human capital for the future

1 November 2017
By Sofia El Mouderrib

A recent BDC report on key emerging trends in the workforce offers a glimpse of the challenges businesses will face over the coming decades. In addition to creating new kinds of financial and operational roadblocks, these trends will disrupt conventional approaches to human capital management. Fortunately, the field of neuroscience—the heart of nev’s expertise—can provide the necessary insight and support to help your organization navigate the changes that are expected to arise from these major demographic shifts.

Disruptive demographics

The mass arrival of new generations into an aging labour force coupled with a growing proportion of immigrant workers will significantly disrupt the make-up of your human capital. This increased diversity can be a valuable asset to your operations, so long as your business is prepared for it.

New generation

A new demographic has begun to emerge within the millennial generation. Made up of graduates living with learning disabilities or attention deficit disorders, this particular group stands out by the fact that its members were able to complete advanced academic curricula. This success is attributable namely to the various forms of assistance provided on college campuses. However, no such measures exist to facilitate the transition of these individuals into the labour force. In the current economic context, knowledge workers are required to constantly learn new concepts while faced with an increasing number of distractions. This could further exacerbate the difficulties faced by such individuals and thus hinder their potential for growth within your business.

Aging workforce

As for senior workers, even those in good overall health are prone to experiencing age-related cognitive decline. Their performance on tasks requiring higher-order intellectual skills such as memory, information processing and attention span may change to the point where it longer meets job-related expectations.

Cultural diversity

Immigrant workers from all walks of life, largely selected based on their high level of qualification, may experience problems in the workplace. Often caused by cultural differences, issues such as difficulty forming interpersonal relationships can prevent these workers from reaching their full potential.

Value of neuroscience

The field of neuroscience provides a valuable framework for the development of concrete solutions to these rising demographic challenges. This brain-focused discipline draws from an understanding of the underlying mechanisms that dictate human behaviour to create sound strategies for addressing the issues at hand.

These solutions might include low-cost neuroergonomic measures designed to foster cognitive function across the workforce, including in employees with ADHD and similar disorders. Such methods have the potential to bolster overall performance, for example by improving staff members’ ability to remain focused throughout the workday.

In addition, training programs based on key neuroscientific findings can help senior workers achieve their full cognitive potential and remain alert and intellectually productive throughout their career.

Finally, various subdisciplines such as social and cultural neuroscience provide a better understanding of cognitive diversity and the behaviours that stem from it. This knowledge will prove useful in helping businesses fully leverage the potential of new immigrants within the organization.

If demographic trends are a concern to you, explore how neuroscience can help you prepare for the future of your human capital. Seek information from trusted sources and partner with reputable experts in the field.


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