The workplace today is vastly different than it was a year ago. With many employees working from home due to COVID-19, we see changes in productivity in terms of task completion and work efficiency.
One way to strengthen and develop a productive work environment is using the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment tool. Uncovering your employees’ strengths allows employees to understand how they can best complete their work and thrive in the work environment.
The Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment helps employers determine the core strengths of their employees and teams and indicates how these strengths can benefit the employer, the team, and the business. Over 90% of Fortune 500 companies used this assessment tool, making it a powerful instrument to better understand the effects of strengths-based development in the work environment.
HOW CAN THIS SERVE YOUR BUSINESS?
This type of development coaching can help employers to nurture their employees, establish strong working teams, future-proof your business, and provide excellent service to all stakeholders.
1. Nurture the Individual Employee
Gallup’s research shows that employees who are aware of their strengths are three times more likely to feel that they have a good quality of life and are six times more likely to engage with their jobs. This results in a high performing employee who knows and understands their worth and adapts well in a changing environment.
HIGH PERFORMING EMPLOYEE VALUES & STRENGTHS
The natural ability or power that the person is brining to work. Talent dictates the moment-by-moment reactions of people an instinctiveness.
Learned ability derived from knowledge that enables a person to complete tasks on different levels of complexity.
Learning concepts principles and information regarding a particular subject(s) through books, media, encyclopedias, academic institutions and other sources.
Responding positively or negatively towards a certain idea, object, person, or situation. Attitude influences an individual’s choice of action, and responses to challenges, incentives, and rewards.
Once employee strengths have been determined by the Gallup StrengthsFinder, employees can apply their strengths in the workplace to create a more efficient and productive work environment. Employees that are taking advantage of their strengths are an asset to the business as they engage more with their work and highly perform in their role.
2. Establish a Strong Group Dynamic
When team members know their unique strengths and are able to use them intentionally in the workplace, they begin to appreciate the strengths of their co-workers. This allows employees to combine their collection of talents and strengths to engage with the task and remain motivated in the workplace.
The Gallup StrengthsFinder can help establish a strong collaborative dynamic by:
- Focusing the team on their strengths
- Encouraging cohesion by acknowledging complementary strengths and awareness of development areas
- Partnering team members based on their strengths
- Drawing attention to the interdependency of departments and the value of teamwork
Once a strong team has been established that understands one another’s objectives, challenges and responsibilities, good working relationships can be built through dialogue to create synergy, positive collaboration and increase workplace productivity.
3. Future-proof Your Business
The Gallup StrengthsFinder can help you to future-proof your business by giving employees and teams the tools to build on their strengths and adapt to changes in the workplace.
Gallup research indicates that a strength-based development approach leads to a 14% – 29% increase in profit making it a worthwhile investment in a business’s future. A more fulfilled, high-performing employee is likely to remain loyal to the business, stimulating the retention of staff and enabling your business to become a preferred employer.
“There is one quality that sets truly great managers apart from the rest: They discover what is unique about each person and then capitalise on it.”
– Marcus Buckingham
Empowering the people within a business by focusing on their strengths and adjusting for their weaknesses creates a values-based culture that targets workplace productivity. This values-based culture is vital when working towards sustainable business goals.
4. Provide Excellent Service
Learning more about an employee’s strengths and weaknesses using the Gallup StrengthsFinder allows for an 8% – 18% increase in performance. Taking into consideration the identified strengths and weaknesses of employees help to ensure that all employees are carrying out tasks that suit their profiles and allow them to best serve your business and its stakeholders
Increased performance from both teams and individuals is key to optimising workplace productivity and ensuring that your business fulfils brand promises that have purpose and meaning to stakeholders. High performing employees that optimise their strengths are more likely to be engaged and productive in their role making them an asset to your business and its offerings.