Do you and your staff do what you do best every day? Are you engaged in your job?
A strengths based development strategy starts by focusing on what people do well. It emphasises and builds on natural talents. It takes the attitude that managing weakness prevents failure and building strengths lead to success.
In their extensive research, Gallup found that when employees know and use their Strengths, they are more engaged, perform better, and are less likely to leave their company. The company recently stated that 94% of Fortune 500 companies use this assessment as well as universities, charities, churches, small businesses and families to improve communication and collaboration…“At Facebook, we try to be a strengths-based organization, which means we try to make jobs fit around people rather than make people fit around jobs. We focus on what people’s natural strengths are and spend our management time trying to find ways for them to use those strengths every day.” Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook.
Research has shown that:
• People who know their talents and have the opportunity to use them at work are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs than those who don’t.
• People who know their talents and have the opportunity to use them at work are more than three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life in general.
• People who use their strengths every day have a 7.8% greater productivity.
• Teams whose managers received some form of strengths education or intervention saw a 12.5% boost in productivity and an 8.9% increase in profitability.
• The turnover rate among workers who received strengths feedback was 14.9% lower than among employees who received no feedback.
Jenny Butter at Epiphany partners with organisations to develop strengths based working and runs cost-effective Strengths training and coaching for leaders, managers and teams. Frequently, these sessions are followed up with 1-1 coaching for managers to enable them to get the most from their staff. For a draft strengths training session overview, look at training.
To find out more about strengths based working and how it can be rolled out for your organisation contact Jenny Butter at Epiphany
“I now finally get my manager! Sharing our strengths with each other has been an amazing insight into how we both think and work. We are now using this knowledge to build on how we can complement each other within the workplace.“ Karen Stoddart, ECB.
“We wanted to sincerely thank you for leading such a stimulating day! We all found it so useful and we all very much enjoyed the way you facilitated the sessions and moved between them. Thanks so much for your flexibility and your patience in getting to grips with the different team emphases within the Directorate. A number of us were amazed that you remembered things about us from the individual strength finding workshop. Do come again, Jenny, you have been a blessing to us”. Paul Read, Funding Manager, CMS