Developing Effective Teams
Exploring your team's interplay of character strengths helps you create a positive work environment where team members express themselves, appreciate each other, and know they are contributing to something larger than themselves. Capitalizing on a strengths-based culture enables you to bridge the engagement gap, create resiliency, and boost performance.
Bridge the Engagement Gap
75% of the workforce feels the demand on their energy exceeds what they have to give (Human Performance Institute, 2010).
A major symptom of workforce fatigue is disengagement. Signs of disengagement include: absenteeism, negative language, slow progress, and minimal effort. 54% of the workforce is not engaged. 18% is actively not engaged and acting-out (Robinson, 2010). But 28% of the workforce is engaged: committed to giving their best effort and enthusiastic about contributing discretionary effort at work.
Most of us want to express ourselves, to feel appreciated, and to contribute to something bigger than ourselves. Knowing how we matter to a team is key to feeling connected at work. Shared awareness of individual and collective strengths, the expressions of ourselves that fulfill us, leads to heightened engagement (VIA, 2012).
Resiliency is the capacity to respond to disruption and change by bouncing back with speed and grace. Greater engagement increases resiliency throughout your team.
If we think of ourselves as energy systems, we can see that we need to balance stress (energy output) with recovery (energy input). Too much stress with too little recovery leads to burn-out (HPI, 2010). By understanding the signature strengths of ourselves and our teams, we can organize projects so that team members have more opportunity to expend energy in personally satisfying ways.
Team members also find more recovery opportunities when someone else takes on a task that better suits their strengths profile. Team members that are engaged with each other and their work will more effectively manage the resiliency cycle.
In a study of 40 global companies, engaged workforces increased operating income 19% and earnings per share 28%. Disengaged workforces decreased operating income 33% and earnings per share 11% (Gebauer, 2008).
Energized and sustainable contributions improve productivity, customer service, innovation, staff retention, and creativity. What is the impact of disengagement to your organization? What would be the benefits of a fully engaged staff?
The Team Strength Builder Workshop is derived from the research of the Values in Action Institute on Character. It will give you the tools you need to leverage your team’s strengths, increase satisfaction, deepen contributions, and improve performance. The one-day workshop happens at your location and is ideal for groups of 2 to 15 members.
Schedule a custom Team Strengths Builder workshop:
Give your team a boost
Reward your team
Reach deeper into your team's talent base
Set the stage for creative thinking and innovation
Thrive rather than languish
Learn more about the topics covered in the Team Strengths Builder Workshop and schedule a free consultation at http://moxiemavericks.com/team-strengths-builder.html
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Robinson, J. (2010). Despite the downturn, employees remain engaged. Gallup Management Journal.
VIA Institute on Character (2012). Description of the VIA Pro Team Report. Accessed at http://www.viacharacter.org/www/en-us/viapro.aspx March 2016