An excerpt from an excellent book Strengths Finder 2.0:
"Over the past decade, Gallup has surveyed more than 10 million people worldwide on the topic of employee engagement (or how positive and productive people are at work), and only 1/3 "strongly agree" with the following statement: "
At work, I have the opporutnity to do what I do best every day."
And for those who do
not get to focus on what they do best – their strengths – the costs are staggering. In a recent poll of more than 1,000 people, among those who "strongly disagreed" or "disagreed" with this "what I do best" statement,
not one single person was emotionally engaged on the job.
In stark contrast, our studies indicate that people who do have the opportunity to focus on their strengths every day are
six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs and more than
three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life in general.
Fortunately, our research also suggests that having someone at work who regularly focuses on your strengths can make a dramatic difference. In 2005, we explored what happens when managers primarily focus on employees’ strengths, focus on employees’ weaknesses or ignore employees. What we found completely redefined my perspective about how easy it may be to decrease the active disengagement, or extreme negativity that runs rampant in organizations".
This startling information is why we believe so strongly in our Training solutions for personal and professional development! With the right frame of mind and skill set, a Manager or Leader can transform an entire staff… If you can relate to any of this information, please contact Bold New Directions or the Management Training Institute to discuss how we can help.
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