May 4, 2017
Nowadays, data is the answer for almost everything. It can tell you all about your members, give you insight into your marketing initiatives, and prep you for a board meeting. But have you ever looked at data around your staff?
Many businesses and organizations use skills assessments to determine if a candidate is qualified for a role, but there’s more to working on a team than just a skillset. A big piece of it actually comes down to personality.
Whether you have a team of 5 or a team of 50, knowing how to work together is critical. There are many tools out there to help you and your team learn how to work effectively together, one of them being a DiSC Assessment. If you’ve never heard of it, a DiSC Assessment is a tool used to analyze four behavioral traits and can be catered to different types of teams. The individual answers a series of questions and then is presented with their DiSC profile.
How are they beneficial?
Effective communication is an important piece of a team’s dynamic. Because everyone communicates differently, effective communication can be a tough goal to achieve. The DiSC Assessment includes details on how to communicate with an individual based on their profile details. Does that person prefer data and statistics or do they like for your to be brief and to the point? Learning a person’s communication style usually happens over time, but the DiSC assessment speeds that process up. What more could get done on your team with effective communication?
Team productivity is a major concern among many leaders. A DiSC Assessment helps here too. Managers benefit from improved insight into their employees and are able to better communicate with and lead them. They can identify strengths among their team using each individual profile and appropriately assign tasks. It also creates a more open environment among the team where employees feel as though they are able to promote their ideas, share concerns, and ask questions because they understand how to better communicate with one another.
Hiring new staff is expensive which is why it’s so important to get it right the first time. It’s not uncommon to use a DiSC assessment as a way to determine if the candidate would fit into your organization’s culture. It’s important to note, however, that the DiSC assessment should be used in conjunction with other assessments because they do not indicate aptitude for a specific role. DiSC is also not able to predict an individual’s success in a role based on their personality. It should only be used as a tool for consideration and further questions.
What tools has your organization used to better understand and communicate with candidates and staff?