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Help people appreciate the value of their own and others’ strengths
As a result of a weakness bias in our society, we find that most people don’t understand their strengths and even when they do, they take them for granted or don’t know how to optimise them to bring maximum value to the company. Helping people discover and share their unique strengths using an objective and proven assessment like Strengthscope® is therefore a crucial starting point. This will lead to more positive performance and development dialogues about different strengths, the value of each and how people can work collaboratively to optimise strengths and achieve their individual and team goals. It also enables team members to help one another in weaker areas where they are less effective and have lower levels of motivation. Buddying up in complementary ways to overcome weaker areas is one of the most powerful way to overcome weaknesses, yet it is still rarely used effectively.
Use character strengths as well as skills to allocate projects and tasks
As well as using accurate performance data on employees’ skills and successes, it is just as important to use objective data on people’s character strengths when deciding how to allocate people to projects, tasks and stretch assignments. This will ensure the most appropriate mix of diverse strengths and skills to undertake the project or task effectively.
Encourage informal social activities
Organisations that build diverse cultures create opportunities for people to meet socially to get to know one another better. For example, some of the tech/online organisations we work with organise Scandi-style breakfast meetings for staff every week or month. They also have chillout zones for employees to meet up and engage in fun recreational activities. These opportunities for informal interactions build trust and cohesion and help people get to know one another better, beyond their jobs.