By Kim Shook, VP of Operations at BASIC, E3 Facilitator, & E3A Master Trainer
Every business is looking for ways to be more competitive and more efficient. Gallup's extensive research into human behaviors and strengths has shown that there is a powerful connection between business teams achieving more and developing an organizational culture focused on individual and team strengths.
This is all about employee engagement. People that use their strengths are six times more likely to be engaged on the job. That means they are less likely to leave their current position and therefore the employer retains the talent (avoiding the cost to pay to replace and rebuild the talent). Also, people are significantly more productive when they are engaged. That also leads to reduced costs and improved client engagement, which can only be obtained with employee engagement. Gallup's research clearly shows that leveraging strengths can impact performance and the bottom line. However it takes more than just having staff take the StrengthsFinder assessment tool. Rather, it takes a focused effort to create a culture that is Strengths Oriented. That means living and breathing strengths in almost every area.
You can learn more in this Gallup Business Journal Article titled, How Employees' Strengths Make Your Company Stronger, which has more statistics about the results that can be achieved with a culture based on strengths: http://businessjournal.gallup.com/content/167462/employees-strengths-company-stronger.aspx