Five Tips for Making Better Decisions in a Connected World

Date(s) - 10/13/2020
11:30 am - 12:30 pm


Charlottesville SHRM
Five Tips for Better Decision Making in a Connected World with Paul Ferwerda


A world of continuous connection has created an epidemic of distracted behavior which impacts our personal lives and the workplace. Employees who are less productive because they are more distracted is often subliminal in nature. Overconfidence in our ability to refocus after distraction or efficiently perform multiple tasks simultaneously runs counter to our hardwired nature to be alert to external stimulants, a primary and one of the oldest functions in our brains. Distracted behavior impacts many of the core principles of the Body of Knowledge including employee engagement and retention, learning and development, benefit plan design, critical thinking skills and productivity.

How can our digitally connected lives affect decision making? A world of continuous connection has elevated the use of cognitive biases in our choices which can have adverse long-term consequences. These biases are systemic in a world of continuous connection where opinions spread more quickly than facts and convenience is often elevated over quality in our choices.


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