How Assessment Tools Help with Workplace Behaviors

If you have a normal work environment, you have multiple types of people and behaviors interacting with each other. The key is to understand these behaviors and how your behavior affects others. In my last blog posting, I listed a few types of assessment tools. I’d like to describe the tools and give you an overview of how they may help you understand and manage your employees.

1. The Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a well-known temperament or personality inventory that indicates how one prefers to respond in various situations. It puts people into four different dichotomies – Each one helps you understand your preference i.e. Extroverts get energy from other people, Introverts need some solitude or privacy to recharge their batteries. Also, knowing that people differ helps you understand the other side. This is a useful tool that helps people see themselves as one of 16 different possible types.

— Although it’s an insightful tool the day it is administered, it takes interest and effort to remember one’s type: ENFJ? ISTP? Which are you? How do you remember the four dimensions, and the mix of 16 possibilities each set might create?

The instrument provides insight into preferred thinking, decision making, etc., but I believe it is often forgotten within a short time and in my experience not a lasting tool for positive change for individuals or even less so for creating change within the cultural environment.

2. DISC – A tool that helps you understand your behavioral tendencies, and how your behavior affects others. DISC has 4 categories:
D = Dominance
I = Influence
S = Steadiness
C = Conscientiousness

DISC helps you see how your behavior affects others and it is “situational-based. Depending on what you are doing and other people who are involved, as well as your thoughts and beliefs in that moment.

3. The Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) is based on relationship awareness. This tool accurately assesses behavior and helps you understand how your behavior impacts others. It shows how you use your strengths in relating to others. This assessment tool:
— Explains how you relate to others and helps you become more aware
— Improves team effectiveness and reduces the cost of conflict.

You may be saying “So what?” What does this mean to you and your work or personal life?
To find the answers to these questions, and others, contact and register to have an assessment done for your team. Each assessment tool is designed for to meet specific needs and we can identify which one will be the best fit for your purposes.

You can reduce employee turnover and increase engagement!

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