November 27, 2017
In today’s workplace, most of us find ourselves doing things we love and at which we excel. We also do things that feel tedious and take significantly more time and effort. For managers, this spectrum raises questions about how best to leverage employees’ strengths and work styles.
Is “everyone doing everything” the most effective way to increase workplace productivity and the happiness quotient in your team or organization?
Research indicates that helping people to identify, understand, and consistently use their “hard-wired” skills can be a key to keeping them more motivated, engaged, and productive. It can also help keep them on point during a workday that is undoubtedly filled with a wide range of tasks.
The AMA DISC is an assessment that can help your employees identify their dominant work style and explain why they likely gravitate toward projects where they can shine and easily get “in the zone,” as opposed to those that are painful and cause them to drift and procrastinate.
Employees who take the AMA DISC assessment receive a report indicating a preference for one or a combination of these styles:
Once employees review their assessment results and are debriefed, managers should coach them to understand that no one style is better than another. Employees will see that:
Employees’ awareness of their strengths and challenges is directly linked to productivity in the workplace. If used effectively, this awareness can help them to be more intentional about structuring their workday and maximizing their time and energy.
For the manager, information on employees’ work styles can help with the following:
When possible, let an employee’s strengths guide the way you deploy his or her talent in your organization. Then use employee performance measurement tools to quantify positive outcomes for both your people and your company.