you tried to help people be more strengths-focused in your workplace? Perhaps
you’ve encouraged them to complete a strengths survey – after all, more
than 20 million people have!
Or run strengths workshops or even brought in strengths coaches. But is any of
it really helping your people to thrive more consistently at work?
recent Strengths Lab 2019 Workplace Survey asked 1,000
Americans if, how, and why they were
able to use their strengths – the things that they are good at and enjoy doing
– at work each day. What they told us clearly suggests that there is a
strengths revolution underway in many workplaces.
of employees believe building on their strengths will make them more successful
at work. A 27% increase from 2006.
of workers can name their top five strengths, compared to estimates in 2001
that reported only one-third of employees could list their strengths.
seven out of every ten workers now say they have the opportunity to do what
they do best each day at work, an increase of 50% since 2001.
making these changes possible?
a nutshell, despite almost twenty years of strengths
focusing on how individuals can identify and use their strengths at work for
themselves, the research participants told us that it was other people that
were the most important motivators and enablers of their strengths. For
example, two of the primary reasons most workers used their strengths were to
support their team or to improve their relationships. And while being able to
identify their top five strengths helped, workers, were more likely to use
their strengths when they felt psychologically safe in their teams, had
meaningful strengths conversations with their leaders, and were in
organizations who were committed to activating their people’s strengths.
does all this effort pay off?
found that when workers had the opportunity to
do what they do best each day, they were seven times more likely to be engaged
in their work, seven times more likely to feel very satisfied in their job, and
three times more likely to be performing well. They were also four times more
likely to be consistently flourishing.
How can you help more people to
use their strengths at work?
The Strengths Lab 2019
Workplace Survey findings suggested:
- Setting the stage by giving workers
the tools they need to boost their strengths knowledge – workers who can name their top
five strengths are more engaged, satisfied, and perform better at work.
Capitalize on this knowledge by teaching people to know, see, and apply their
strengths individually and collectively to the work they are doing each day.
- Getting leaders on board by teaching
them to have meaningful strengths conversations with their workers and tracking
their progress – given
the impact of leaders’ conversations on workers’ strengths use, engagement, and
performance, every leader should be trained in how to have meaningful strengths
conversations, and measures put in place to ensure these conversations are
- Giving permission for moments of
thriving and struggle as workers develop their strengths – more workers than ever believe
that building on their strengths will make them more successful at work. But to
help them realize this goal, it’s essential that leaders and workers are able to
talk about what’s working well and where they are struggling in order to
intelligently develop their strengths.
- Building communities of support by
improving psychological safety in teams – a sense of psychological safety in teams has a
significant impact on workers’ strengths usage, so it’s worth building a
supportive community by helping workers get to know each other’s strengths,
support each other in taking strength risks, and quickly and honestly give each
other strengths-based feedback.
- Nurturing daily strengths practices
by embedding organizational support for autonomy, competence, and connection – organizations that allow workers
the freedom, encouragement, and support to develop their strengths actively
demonstrate their commitment to a strength-based culture, so developing
supportive practices and norms helps create a strong organizational culture.
Want to know what else we learned? Click
here to download your free copy of The Strengths Lab 2019 Workplace Survey.