How can we build our strengths, effectiveness, and sense of contribution at work? Developing our talents can lead to greater life satisfaction.
We all know that having a good manager is crucial to being productive and engaged in the workplace. After all, as the saying goes “people don’t leave bad jobs, they leave bad bosses”, however research suggests that when it comes to employee engagement, our personal attributes count for just as much, if not more.
Factors like our resilience and optimism have a high impact on our inspiration at work. As does finding meaning in the work we do.
Of course we have aspects of our work that we may find tedious or annoying, but if we believe that the work we do is important, or speaks to our inner beliefs, we will be more likely to be inspired, engaged and more likely to stay in our job.
How effective and inspired are you feeling?
Knowing and developing our top 5 strengths is a great place to start. The Gallup StrengthsFinder is an easy way to do this and their research shows that those that know and develop their top 5 strengths each day (versus those that don’t) are:
- 600% more likely to be engaged at work, and
- 300% more likely to report high life satisfaction
The StrengthsFinder assessment takes around 30 minutes and costs USD49.99 to find out your top 5 strengths. You also receive practical advice about how to turn great potential into greater performance. You can find out more from the video below.
I’ve used the StrengthsFinder extensively and could talk for days about how these insights can be used to improve our engagement, effectiveness and life satisfaction.
Why not find out your top 5 strengths?