Anyone, anywhere can help build strengths

25 January 2019

As 2019 gets underway, now is an ideal time to set the scene for the rest of the year by developing a shared approach to working with your colleagues and building their strengths.

Are you communicating with them effectively? Are you making the most of their personal strengths? Do they have the tools they need to do their job to the best of their ability?

You don’t need to be a manager to help your workmates develop their full potential. Workplace leaders naturally support their colleagues to realise their workplace goals.

Co-designing your approach to work with your team can help them feel valued, reach their career goals more quickly and get everyone on the same page from the beginning.

To make this simple, SuperFriend has outlined some practical actions for leaders in the 2018 Indicators of a Thriving Workplace Survey:

1. Understand your workers’ individual strengths

Get to know what your particular employee’s strengths are. They might be especially good at paying attention to detail when invoicing or coming up with innovative ways of marketing your product. Find out what they do best and tap into that strength. By harnessing their strongest asset, and using it to its full, you naturally get the best out of your employee and they will be able to enjoy the fulfillment that comes with experiencing mastery.


2. Understand your workers’ growth and development goals

What are your workers’ particular aspirations? What are their goals? Do they want to branch out into sales or undertake further study? Work out what their professional dreams are and design a development or workplace program to help them achieve it.


3. Reward achievement

It’s important to acknowledge the great work people are doing around you, and in a timely manner. It provides a positive feedback loop that encourages your workers to keep up their excellent work.


4. Set performance, job-related goals and provide feedback

Make sure you arrange regular meetings with each worker to initially set and then review their goals. Use a strengths-based coaching approach, rather than a managerial one, to enhance both your relationship and their performance.


This article was featured in our monthly e-Newsletter SuperFriend News which provides practical advice for employers to in creating positive, cohesive and productive environments for all employees.