Working Effectively With Different Personality Types

CDS recently provided its employees the opportunity to analyze their DiSC profiles. DiSC is an assessment of human behavior and has been validated by decades of research. Understanding your own and others’ DiSC profiles will facilitate communication, minimize conflict, and increase productivity in the workplace.

Dominance (D), Influence (I), Stability (S), and Compliance (C): each of these words represents a personality category as determined by the DiSC profile assessment. While the majority of those assessed have a high rating in one of the four DiSC classifications, everyone is a unique blend of the other categories as well. Mapping out your profile in depth allows you to recognize the various aspects of your personality and how they may effect interpersonal communication.

As a company, CDS saw the benefit of offering this assessment to its workforce. Understanding a workforces’ DiSC profile enhances communication both internally and externally. Noticing personality trends within departments can resolve communication barriers and make for a more cognitive hiring practice. There are strengths and weaknesses that are attributed to each profile; however, certain profile combinations can also be beneficial. For example, having both detail-oriented and big picture members on your team may keep the end goal and timeliness of your tasks moving in the right direction and on schedule.

It is important to embrace different personality types in the workplace. It’s even more essential to understand the different types to be able to properly manage your team and understand their needs. It’s also just as important for employees to recognize their manager’s profile so that they may ask questions and report feedback in the most effective manner. There are many tools both online and offline that a company can access to assess their employee’s DiSC profiles. By implementing this training module within your own company, you’ll be providing employees the resources and understanding they need to enhance their interpersonal relationships creating a more efficient workforce.

Sue Partridge, Director of Human Resources

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