Employees bring a wide range of skills and talents to the workplace, and when a business maximizes employee strengths, it not only improves the performance of their team, it also reaps the rewards of becoming a more successful company. In a study by Harvard Business Review, employees that received a “strengths intervention” boosted sales by 10 to 19 percent with a profit increase of 14 to 29 percent. With stats like these, companies cannot deny the importance of identifying and cultivating employee strengths.
To start utilizing employee strengths in the workplace, I’ve outlined three steps to get started.
1. Identify Employee Strengths
The first part of the process is identifying the skills of your team. Many people are keenly aware of their talents, and as you begin the process, ask each team member about their abilities and passions. With these answers in mind, review their past performances on projects and tasks. Then, keenly observe their present role and evaluate what tasks allow them to shine.
If you are unsure of what employee strengths to look for, Spark notes four skills:
Excellent communication with team members and superiors.
Planning skills that include elaborate plans and alternative outcomes.
Problem-solving skills that lead them to undertake additional research.
Perseverance through projects that don’t go as planned.
2. Encourage Employee Strengths
A strength-based work culture produces team members who understand each other and form partnerships that allow them to capitalize on each other’s skill sets.
To make this a natural part of a company’s work culture, encouragement needs to come from the top down and regularly. Without reinforcement from management, team members might not offer to help with a task they like doing and do well.
3. Nurture Employee Strengths
The final step is to purposefully nurture employee strengths. When a company takes the extra step to improve upon the natural abilities of its team, it gives that individual more confidence and drives them to excel.
Since each person has different talents, this is not a one size fits all solution; it will be different for each team member. As an example, if an employee enjoys being the presenter at meetings and office gatherings, ask if they’d like to hone their oratory skills by joining a professional group like Toastmasters. If a team member enjoys the writing aspect of their job, ask if they’d like to attend a writing course, and find ways to incorporate more writing into their job description.
Whatever the skill, seek out ways to develop the strengths of your team. Once you understand how each team member works and what talents they bring to the table, you’ll be better equipped to assign projects and responsibilities that align with their skill set.
Leveraging employee strengths is win-win for businesses because employees who feel valued and are encouraged to utilize their talents are more engaged, invested and fulfilled at work. They are also happier and healthier, which is an essential component for overall company success.
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