Using Your DISC Profile to Get Back to the Workplace

by May 14, 2020

News is starting to look more positive and hopeful, and talk of reopening is a brewin’.

I don’t know about you, but I could use some serious hugs from all of my colleagues!! (Yes, I’m a High I.)

We thought a little insight about how DISC profiles play into coming back might be fun.

If you’ve never taken the DISC assessment before, that’s okay. You can probably make some guesses based on this handout we made for a past webinar. Or we can send you a link and you can take the assessment.

By the way, the information below is based on an excerpt from a Reopening the Workplace eBook we’re working on, so stay tuned for that. Our ebook will include safety tips, but since those are widely available online it will mostly be focused on safeguarding culture, leading through change, trauma-informed management, and more.

So here it is, our thoughts on how the four profiles might respond to returning to the workplace.

HIGH D (Dominance) will be energized by the opportunity to tackle the challenge of getting the business back on track, and will ensure efficiency in the process. High D’s must be cautioned, though, to make their task completion also about the individuals involved. They’ll want to focus on the work, but others will want social connection.

Rely on your High D’s for any delegation needs, and to get things back in order and moving forward quickly.

HIGH I (Influence) will be invigorated by the ability to be social again and can bring connection and cohesiveness to the team. HIgh I’s must be careful about monopolizing the social time, though, as others will want to share and talk too.

Rely on your High I’s to bring everyone together again and begin to rebuild that important social component of your company’s culture.

HIGH S (Steadiness) will be comforted by the opportunity to return to a level of stability and normalcy. High S’s must be careful to balance out the teams emotions and procedures, as High S’s will take in all that stress themselves.

Rely on High S’s to bring a calm-under-pressure approach. This will help stabilize the team again after a long separation, and bring the overall levels of anxiety down for co-workers.

HIGH C (Conscientiousness) will be stimulated by tackling complex procedures and systems. From a technical standpoint, the High C’s were shining while working remotely, so continue to pull on their strengths once physically back at the worksite. High C’s may have a hard time integrating back into a social environment, however, as High C’s are very task-driven.

Rely on C’s to ensure that any policy adjustments or new procedures are accurate, and to ensure that information on these changes will be delivered in a logical easy-to-understand manner.

Back at Work

If you and your team haven’t taken a DISC assessment yet, it’s a great way to prepare for what’s to come. Employees will gain insight on their own styles and can refer to their reports as they work through the many issues we will all face as we return to work.

These are just a few of the tips that will be included in our reopening your workplace eBook. We plan to pack it full of everything you’ll need to get your employees and your organization back on track.

Sincerely,

Toni Herndon

Civility Partners’ Training Extraordinaire & Resident DISC Trainer/Coach

About Catherine Mattice Zundel

Catherine Mattice Zundel, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007. Her clients include Fortune 500’s, the military, several universities and hospitals, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has published in a variety of trade magazines and has appeared several times on NPR, FOX, NBC, and ABC as an expert, as well as in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Catherine is Past-President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter and teaches at National University. In his book foreword, Ken Blanchard called her book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” She recently released a second book entitled, SEEKING CIVILITY: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying.

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