It’s not always easy to assess your employees’ strong points and find out what they excel at, especially if they’re new to the organization or you have just started at a new position. Even if a member of staff has been there for a while, it is difficult to assess where to utilize your employee to get the best out of them.
So how do you go about getting to know your employee’s strengths and which positions they can excel in? Here are 4 tips to discover more about your employees to help them, and your organization, become more effective.
- Get Personal – One valuable practice within the workplace is great communication. Talk to your employees and get to know them a bit better outside of their work environment. Never underestimate the value of common ground.Maybe you’ll discover that your employee speaks sermons on Sundays or has a knack for web development. These are great transferrable skills that would be useful for your business. You may be unaware of the amazing untapped potential that you may not particularly see in the work environment. Social events are great ways to find out more about your employees so grab a lunch together or a beer after work.
- Observe Keenly – Sometimes an employee may not even be aware of his or her own strengths. They may be focusing on a single competency, as it’s required for their job role, but excel in other areas. For example, there may be an employee who is empathetic and therefore colleagues naturally want to speak to when they have a problem, but it isn’t their role to deal with these problems. Perhaps they should be considered for a HR position, which will allow them fuller expression of these talents.These skills need to be recognised and acted upon as they can improve the performance of not only the one employee, but everyone else in the workplace.
- Listen to others – You can often find out much more about an employee by observing the way they interact with others and how other respond to them. Whilst it’s certainly not professional to listen to rumours, you can usually get a general feel for how your employee is perceived by others in the office. You’ll be able to spot whom has influence within the organization and make decisions on where these employees can be best utilised.
- Strengths Tests – There are a number of strengths tests that assess employee’s underlying qualities that energize us, and we are great at (or have potential to become great at), and how to make full use of them in the workplace. These can be extremely useful to establish all round specific strengths and skills that your employees possess. For example, Strengthscope® is designed to be the first step in helping employees optimize their strengths to improve performance and engagement at work.It’s proven that this test improves engagement by 73%. The tests cover emotional, relational, thinking and execution strengths. For more information, visit out strengths assessments page.
So there you have our top 4 tips for discovering your employees strengths. If you want to know even more about our strengths assessments tests, including the world’s first strengths-based multi-rater profiler, visit our Strengthscope360™which you can use after attending our Strengthscope® Practitioner training.
So how do you go about getting to know your employee’s strengths and which positions they can excel in? Here are 4 tips to discovering more about your employees to help them, and your organization, become more effective.