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By: KAREN TRACEY
Brand
Sep 15, 2021

Incorporate DiSC Into Your Workplace

Have you ever received a short, choppy email request when you’d appreciate a more thorough and direct request? Or maybe you’ve worked with a fast-paced team member who’s quick to move on to the next task while you’re still lingering to find the best solution to the first. It may be obvious that you both clash, but there’s a reason for this. Every individual is a unique composition of certain behaviors that can be described in detail using the DiSC Assessment.

DiSC allows you to dive deeper into the needs and personalities of those you work with so that you may better understand each other and improve productivity and connectivity in the workplace. While there are dozens of personality profiles, quizzes and assessments out there, we have relied on DiSC to help our team operate in a more harmonized manner.

The DiSC assessment uses probing, behavioral questions to measure the dimensions of our personalities. Four quadrants dominate the personality types. Typically we each fall into one dominant quadrant with a potential inferior secondary quadrant, yet it is possible to have other less dominating traits shine through from each of the quadrants. The DiSC assessment helps us understand how these traits all work together to create our specific personality type and how we use this information to better understand and work with our teammates.

The four main styles are Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness.

Dominance

Those with a D style are strong characters with a drive for success. They love a challenge and their need to see quick results makes them very assertive in nature.

  • Direct
  • Firm
  • Strong-willed
  • Forceful
  • Result-oriented

Influence

These enthusiastic characters are great collaborators and motivators. They’re always keeping the energy high and thrive in fast-paced environments.

  • Outgoing
  • Enthusiastic
  • Optimistic
  • High-spirited
  • Lively

Steadiness

Your S-style workers are the rock of the company. They’re the listeners and support system, and you can always rely on them to be consistent in their work.

  • Even-tempered
  • Accommodating
  • Patient
  • Humble
  • Tactful

Conscientiousness

The C-style folks appreciate stability and will think analytically to achieve logical, bulletproof outcomes. Consistency is key here, and creating such an environment will allow them to thrive and get their work done.

  • Analytical
  • Reserved
  • Precise
  • Private
  • Systematic

CONNECTING IN THE WORKPLACE

Now that you know a bit about the personalities and their styles, how can you connect them to the workplace? It’s so important to ensure your team meshes well—no matter the different personality types. Learning how to navigate, communicate and appreciate the individual styles will promote a healthier team and more productive workforce. Let’s look at a few ways we can incorporate this into your culture.

Take an empathetic approach

It might be easier to communicate in our own way, but oftentimes with clashing behaviors, you may not be getting through to the person on the other end of the line. When you take the time to understand your colleagues’ DiSC profiles, you can tweak your approach to meet each other halfway and create a stronger, more effective relationship.

Encourage team bonding

There are plenty of resources out there that provide activities and consulting services. Whether you’re a large corporation with a handful of department teams or a small business with a single team, you can put together a plan that encourages your teammates to work together and really understand their dynamic.

DiSC Profile has some great training activities with step-by-step processes that will engage the whole gang. If you’d like a session led by a trained coach, our good friend at JMB Consulting is a great option for those located in Grand Rapids!

Keep the ball rolling

Many times, DiSC is used as a one-day learning intervention—but it can’t stop there. The practices learned from team exercises and the assessment itself should be woven into the everyday culture of your company. This effort funnels from the top, down. Top-level management needs to set the standard for everyone on a consistent basis so that this way of functioning is always stitched into the fabric of your business.

You can get as creative as you’d like with how to incorporate DiSC in the office, but here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Reiterate practices in meetings
  • Check in with what your employee needs in one-on-ones
  • Decorate the office with posters and other reminders
  • Get the team together for lunch or a happy hour with mini DiSC exercises periodically

CREATE A HEALTHY CULTURE

As a leader, it’s important to strive to create a healthy work environment—a place where your people can feel comfortable and meld their talents with one another to create spectacular work. Especially now, when the future of the workspace is so unpredictable, we must go the extra mile to help form those bonds.

How will you begin to incorporate DiSC into your workplace?

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