Are you and your people using your strengths at work?
One of the simplest ways to make your people happier, and more productive, is to ensure they spend their time at work doing what they are good at. That may sound obvious but it is surprisingly rare. Based on asking over a million people, Gallup found the number agreeing with the statement, “At work today, I got to do what I am best at,” was just 20%.
The book, Now, Discover Your Strengths, by Marcus Buckingham, outlines the Strengthsfinder philosophy. One of my strengths is ‘Woo’ (Win Over Others). This means I am great at networking and meeting people. At corporate exhibitions, I love going greeting strangers and engaging them in talking about our service. And I used to get frustrated with colleagues who stayed at the back of the stall and didn’t talk to anybody unless approached.
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