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Lectures

Bjørnson offers various seminars and lectures within a number of different psychological themes. Below are some examples of the diversity of seminars and lectures that we can to offer. We can supply both single lecture or a lecture series consisting of various topics. If there is a topic that is particularly relevant for your organisation we are happy to discuss this and tailor a lecture or series that will fit around your company's situation and everyday life.

Examples of Seminar/Lecture themes:

Communication and Collaboration
Good, simple and clear communication is essential for organisational success. Communication can be the key to understanding the reasons why some work processes fail. Put simply poor communication often results in reduced results. Changes in communication, should always be based on a survey, and increased awareness, of the way we typically communicate with one another. This allows us to be better prepared to move forward and discover other more effective ways to communicate with each other. Some examples of lecture titles regarding communication skills might include "How do we communicate under pressure?" or "How to conduct difficult conversations, and why are they so difficult?". 

Stress and stress management
Working environment surveys has shown a clear trend that employees are experiencing increasing levels of stress associated with work. A large proportion of people in employment also recognise that stress at work clearly has consequences outside of the workplace. Stress in the workplace is not simply a concern for the individual, but has components of responsibility which affects other individuals, the department,  the management and the organisation as a whole. The same applies to the prevention and treatment of stress in the workplace. Bjørnson tailor their approach to the topic in terms of how stress manifests itself within your organiation and/or department. Some examples of lecture titles regarding stress and stress management might include "What are the early symptoms of stress and how does the body react to stress?", "How to facilitate stress preventing work environment in your own department?" or "Managing your own and your employees' stress?". 

Bullying at the workplace
Issues related to bullying are unfortunately not an unknown phenomenon in Norwegian work life. A number of researchers have long argued that bullying at work is one of the greatest psychosocial problems we face within the workplace. Bullying is largely concerned with the harassment and persistent bullying of a person, and is not about individual episodes of conflict and unpleasantness. Bullying is a complex social phenomenon with a wide range of forms, expression and causes. Bjørnson can present different perspectives on bullying and distinguish between appropriate workplace behavior and conduct, and the factors that maintain and intensify bullying in the workplace. Some examples of lecture titles regarding bullying in the workplace might include: "Why does bullying in the workplace occur and what triggers it?" or "What are the consequences of bullying for the individual, department and organisation?" 

Substance abuse in the workplace
Many professionals and many professions may suffer at the hand of substance abuse, but few dare to speak about it. Some professions impose strict routine checks in relation to this, but not all. Research has shown that more than 100 000 Norwegians in employment currently suffer from problems with alcohol. The potential consequences of such behaviour could be enormous both in terms of risk, loss of self-respect, as well as economic costs to both the individual and the organisation. Some examples of lecture titles regarding substance abuse in the workplace might include: "How to approach colleagues with addictions?" or "Why do some people turn to substance abuse and what are the warning signs?". 

Conflicts at work
Disagreement and healthy, constructive debate in the workplace are important tools within a creative and productive working environment. Sometimes however, opinions and debate can overstep the mark resulting in one or more parties experiencing negative emotional consequences. If such differences of opinion are not resolved they can potentially develop into a conflict, as the needs of one or more parties are not being acknowledged or met. It is important to distinguish between the reasons why conflicts occur and what conflicts eventually end up being about. Bjørnson can offer knowledge and understanding of how and why conflicts arise and evolve in workplaces. Some examples of lecture titles regarding conflicts in the workplace might include: "What are the conflict dynamics?" or "How to create an environment that prevents conflicts?". 

Sales training
From experience we know that the difference between a sales person who generates value for the company and one that generates less value is often the result of several different factors. Some of these factors can be addressed and improved upon leading to more steady sales and steady value, whilst others are perhaps beyond the scope of the sellers jurisdiction. Typically a good seller often does not realise their full potential due to a number of barriers that they create for themselves and the approach that they adopt towards their selling role. Through a variety of courses and/or training programs, provided by Bjørnson, the seller is able to develop their skills and reach their full potential through an increased awareness of themselves and their own individual approach. We also strive to establish a more realistic and appropriate sales approach through training and supervision. 

Whistleblowing in the workplace
Whistleblowing is an issue that in recent years has gained increased media attention and public debate, and has become a popular area for discussion and promotion within organisational psychology. A number of issues have been examined; What do we understand by whistleblowing, what is a whistleblower, and when is it appropriate to blow the whistle on colleagues? Bjørnson adheres at all times to the current research in the area and can help your company to increase their knowledge regarding whistleblowing behaviour and make suggestions on how to build an effective whistleblowing system within your organisation. 

Leadership challenges, performance culture and increased performance
Leadership is about achieving good results through others. Good leadership is about achieving a good interaction between people.This adds value in terms of increased performance, increased job satisfaction and increased profitability for the company as a whole. For many years Bjørnson has delivered customised leadership development programs which have provided increased performance and increased satisfaction amongst our customers. Our objective is to support managers in their efforts to balance those measures that encourage both short-term and long-term growth, ensuring profitability. In order to ensure enhanced performance, employees must experience that their managers establishes trust, job satisfaction and safety when meeting their employees. Some examples of lecture titles regarding leadership and increased performance might include: "Strategy work and objective as process management", “From transactional leadership to transformational leadership", "Situational Adaptation as a strategy for leadership", "Management as a role model" or "Role Expectations and expectations of management".

 
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