Washing hands prevents sickness, prevents spreading disease. Washing your hands properly can reduce your chances of death, yes death, by up to 35%.
Nothing new there.
Smoking kills. The World Health Organization says that 4.2 million people died prematurely in 2000 from smoking. Smoking stinks, it’s expensive and (as a non-smoker I can only imagine) the inconvenience of having to eek out a place where you’re actually allowed to smoke has to be grueling. (insert caveat here: this is from a mostly North American perspective where there are mighty few places folks can freely smoke. I acknowledge it’s very different in other parts of the world.)
Nothing new there either.
So why then do so many people smoke? And why do so many people not wash their hands properly?
As learning and development specialists, recognizing these influences is key to developing and delivering engaging workshops that are relevant and memorable. And key to effecting change, because after all, as a trainer you are change maker. The status quo isn’t an option.
Here’s a look at effecting change through getting kids to wash their hands (6:20 min) done by Hyrum Grenny, son of guru Joseph Grenny.
(This is one of the resources from the recent Rock.Paper.Scissors e-newsletter interviewing global change agent Sara Mitaru.)