When it comes to YouTube’s role in the workplace, most of us tend to think of it as a great procrastination tool. In the right hands though, it can be incredibly effective as an educational tool. A great example of this is the Crash Course channel, presented by brothers Hank and John Green.
The channel covers a number of topics in a way that’s both easy to understand and extremely watchable.
Included in those videos are a number covering psychology and mental health. You’re welcome to go through the whole lot yourself, but we’ve picked out the ones most relevant to the workplace.
Meet Your Master: Getting to Know Your Brain
The first video we’ve highlighted sees Hank take us through the Central Nervous System, the ancestral structures of the brain, the limbic system, and new structures of the brain.
It’s an important place to start, because understanding how the brain works makes it that much easier to get a grasp of what is and isn’t good for it.
How to Train a Brain
Despite the prominent role that Ivan Pavlov plays in this video, we’re not suggesting that you train your employees to associate food with the ringing of a bell.
Instead, its explanation of how associative learning works is what you should be interested in. If nothing else, you’ll get a greater insight into why some of the things that happen in your office do.
The Power of Motivation
Many businesses put a lot of time and money into ensuring that their staff are as motivated as possible. You only have to look at the size of the corporate motivational speaker industry to see that.
But what is motivation, and how does it work? In this video, Hank uses the story of Aaron Ralston to provide some insights into motivation. He also explores four theories of motivation and some evolutionary perspectives on the phenomenon.
Businesses today put a lot of stock into being able to measure the personalities of both current and prospective employees. In fact, estimates suggest that the personality measurement industry is worth billions of dollars every year.
As this video explains though, it’s not always easy to pin down what you should look at in a personality test.
Emotion, Stress, and Health
Unless you’re the most relaxed worker on the planet, then this video is definitely worth a watch.
In it, Hank explains we have an easy time reading emotions in facial expressions, but find it more difficult to get around the fact that emotions can straight up kill us. He also looks at stress, emotions, and their overall impact on our health.
Prejudice and Discrimination
Look, there’s no doubt that we’ve made serious strides when it comes to prejudice and discrimination in the workplace. There can also be no doubt, however, that we have a seriously long way to go.
This video explores why prejudicial and discriminatory thoughts take root in the brain. It’s a difficult topic to broach, but with that greater level of understanding, you’re much more empowered to address it.
Look around your offices. Take it all in: the heads bowed in front of computers, the important meeting happening in the boardroom, the watercooler conversation. Now think about the strong possibility that a number of the people you’ve just looked at are suffering from some form of psychological disorder.
Some may choose to be open about it, but many will prefer to keep it to themselves.
If someone does choose to confide in you however, it’s worth at least knowing what a psychological disorder actually is.