The model provides a non-confronting way to address the uncomfortable but relevant topic of individual sensitivity style in the workplace. It has universal application because everyone has a sensitivity style.
This course will introduce you to the sensitivitystyleTM model, its applications in the workplace and provide you with the opportunity to determine your unique style of sensitivity.
The sensitivitystyleTM model is based on the latest scientific research in relation to the temperament traits of sensory processing sensitivity (SPS) and sensation seeking (SS). The primary researchers for each trait are Drs. Elaine & Arthur Aron and Dr Marvin Zuckerman respectively.
The two traits are inherited independently of each other and both have been shown through research to play a significant role in determining the environmental conditions required for optimal individual performance, arousal and wellbeing as well as in predicting the likely role if any in workplace incivility and bullying.
The sensitivitystyleTM model has universal application because everyone has a sensitivity style. There are no right or wrong styles. Each style has its own unique strengths, vulnerabilities, needs and potential areas for development.
Differences in sensitivity style can be the source of much distress, misunderstanding and conflict in the workplace. What can seem like nothing to one person, can feel like the end of the world to another.
Given that perceived injustice at work predicts future workers compensation claims for psychological injury (Winefield et la, 2009), it is critical to understand the role an individual’s sensitivity style plays in such matters.
A strong, successful organisation has all sensitivity styles represented in its workforce with individuals performing in roles that are suited to their style’s strengths. Peak organisational performance is achieved when all styles are understood, respected and valued for the unique contributions they make.
Who should attend?
This course is suitable for a universal audience and particularly relevant for workplace teams, people managers, supervisors, HR & OHS specialists, psychologists and counsellors.
- Understand the sensitivitystyleTM model and it’s relevance in the workplace
- Develop an awareness of the research and biological basis for the four styles
- Determine your sensitivity style by completing the self assessment profiling instrument
- Describe the strengths, vulnerabilities, needs and areas for development of your style
- Appreciate the strengths, vulnerabilities, needs and areas for development of the other three styles