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Ways to Understand Your Staff's Strengths and Weaknesses

Staff Engagement

All of your employees will bring something different to the table, and this can be a good thing. Having a dynamic and collaborative workplace means you can solve and approach your problems differently. Employees can support each other and offer alternative ideas.

Therefore, it is important to understand each of your employee's main strengths and weaknesses and how it can affect your business. Strengths and weaknesses of your employees can range depending on experience and character. This is an activity that is slightly different from a performance review as it is not regarding performance but studies general workplace behaviour.

By understanding your team's core strengths and weaknesses, your team will be able to realise their potential and achieve substantial growth.

Here are some easy ways to realise the strengths and weaknesses of your team:

Check Social Media

Social media is a handy tool in today’s landscape, where you can look into a person's profile. Ensure you are connected on social media, perhaps even just LinkedIn will be your best source of information. Study their profile and find ways you can start conversations with them.

Listen and Observe

It may look easy, but ensure you are carefully observing and listening to your staff. You will be able to uncover certain traits or behaviours that might be considered a key strength or weakness.

Past Experience

You may have already done this when interviewing your employee for the position, but exploring their past experience may be insightful. You will be able to understand their achievements and failures in their career and find out why. What are the key skills they have learnt? You can use this information to push them to the next level.

Ask Directly

Being direct will give you answers straight away, and can be more insightful. Open conversations that allow your employees to self-reflect on their strengths and weaknesses. Staff can realise what they are good at and what areas they need to focus on.

Show Your Human Side

Start regular meetings or catch-ups with your employees and find out their career aspirations, goals and what motivates them. Allow staff to make mistakes and offer your support. This will allow the staff to grow and learn new skills.

The key to understanding your team's strengths and weaknesses is to be open and friendly. Allow staff to come to you if they need help in any matter. Be sure to praise their good performances and allow staff to reflect on poor performances and come to you with feedback.

You can create a SWOT analysis that uncovers your employee's key strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Staff can be more self-aware and you can learn something new about your staff.

As a business owner, your business will strive as you become more aware of your team culture and areas which need improvement. You should strive to improve each and every day and create a workplace that allows employees to grow as human beings to serve the local community.

Best Wishes!

Chris Fordyce

Customer Success @RosterElf

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