5 steps to ensure staff productivity, retainment

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Workers who use their strengths every day are three times more likely to view their quality of life as excellent, six times more likely to feel engaged at work, 8% more productive and 15% less likely to leave their positions, a Gallup analysis finds.

To ensure that your workplace reaps the benefits of a strengths-based approach to employment, Jim Asplund, chief scientist of strengths-based development and performance impact consulting at Gallup, and Gwen Elliot, a talent management senior practice consultant at Gallup, recommend:

  1. Having in place managers who believe in a strengths-based approach.
  2. Getting leaders to share their own strengths and acknowledge asking for support in areas in which they don't excel.
  3. Developing coaches — for instance, from the human resources area — to help staff members determine their strengths and build on the findings.
  4. Fostering a strengths-based culture by reshaping job roles to fit employees, not the other way around. Managers can review employee performance and suggest goals based on staff members' individual strengths.
  5. Tying employee strengths to business goals.
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