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7 Significant Strengths Applied to Employee Engagement

7 Significant Strengths

Strength application at work benefits both the organization and the individual.

Strengths and performance. There is a very strong connection between the application of personal strengths and employee engagement. Gallup has demonstrated the relationship in many studies including a dramatic finding on engagement, strengths, and performance: If a manager did not talk with an employee about their performance there was a 40% chance that employee was disengaged. If a manager only talked about deficiencies and weaknesses there was a 22% chance the employee was disengaged and if a manager held strength based conversation there was only a 1% chance of disengagement (Tom Rath). The lack of strength based conversations are detrimental to performance, engagement, and ultimately organizational results.

Strengths and wellbeing. Martin Seligman, the former president of APA, found that when a person knew their strengths, used their strengths daily, and used their strengths in the service of others they had a higher level of both happiness and wellbeing.

Strengthscope. There are many pathways to determine strengths. Strengths Partnership, out of the UK, offers an insightful assessment based on 24 possible strengths ranging from collaboration to strategic mindedness. I completed the Strenghscope strength inventory in preparation for a workshop in London UK in November on strengths, engagement, innovation, and excellence.

Here are my 7 significant strengths

  1. Creativity
  2. Developing Others
  3. Empathy
  4. Enthusiasm
  5. Flexibility
  6. Leading
  7. Self-Improvement

Significant 7 + 10 Block Pyramid of Engagement = Turbocharged Employee Engagement. The assessment validated my own thinking. I believe strength inventories should be less about revelation and more about confirmation. Yet having my strengths confirmed is only one step. To get maximum professional and organizational benefit we must apply our strengths.  I decided to fuse the significant 7 strengths with my 10 block pyramid of employee engagement.

10 post series on strengths and engagement. I will be running a series of 10 blog posts on how I personally turbocharge each block of the pyramid of employee engagement with my 7 strengths. Indirectly, this process will demonstrate to you how you can apply your 7 significant strengths to any element of work.  I created a personal symbol for each strength and will fuse those with the 10 symbols for the 10 block pyramid of employee engagement.

London Workshop Information and Discount for Readers Plan to attend the London UK Strength and Engagement Workshop Wednesday November 28 from 13:00 to 18:00.  I invite you to attend an afternoon workshop sponsored by Strengths Partnership on The Leaders Role in Optimising Strengths and Engagement to Achieve Innovation and Excellence. I will be presenting/facilitating on the Pyramid of Employee Engagement and Michael Farry, HR Director for PhotoBox, will also be presenting on how to build a culture of positive leadership, collaboration and innovation through a systematic, practical and integrated change and development programme. There is a 20£ discount if you enter this code: spdis28nov. To register or learn more about what you receive with your registration, click here.

Next Post in the Series: Employee Engagement: Achieve Strong Results

David Zinger is an employee engagement expert. He will be in the UK in late November to support the Go Live event for the UK Employee Engagement Task Force and to co-lead an afternoon on the fusion of employee engagement and strengths for innovation and excellence.

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