As people and organizations adapt over the coming weeks to a more remote-friendly way of life, it’s important to focus on the positives, the unchanged, comforting constants. While it’s true, as a digital marketing company, the bulk of our work can be done remotely, it would be an extreme oversimplification if I said that we all didn’t miss the normality and predictability of ‘the office.’ Funny how we take things for granted, isn’t it?
People are predictable—if you know them.
As a leader, I’m a ‘take stock’ kind of person, not to be confused with a ‘score keeping’ kind of person. I like the known factors, good or bad. I like to know what I have and how it can be accessed. It brings me comfort. it helps me plan, and in this strange time, it helps me account for all the good stuff. People, with all of their quirks and seemingly inexplicable habits and reactions; PEOPLE are full of the good stuff.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” - Fred Rogers
It can take time to truly get to know people, but as teammates, there are tools that we can use as shortcuts. Tools can’t replace genuine curiosity and aren’t intended to be exclusively prescriptive, but they can give you a leg up on understanding and successfully communicating with others.
Our favorite workplace tools:
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The tools mentioned help to spell out the good stuff about people so that not only do you recognize it but you know how to accurately celebrate and acknowledge their unique way of moving through the world ::ahem:: at home.
Workplaces that use assessments value their people.
Having information is one thing. Leveraging that information is another. At their core, these tools are intended to set people up for win-win scenarios. As a group, we believe that everyone (both the organization and individuals) are entitled to their unique alignment experience; meaning that every group deserves the best people in the best positions for them, and that proper alignment is a two-way street.
What’s the advantage? Why should my team participate?
And remember, people won’t fit neatly into these categorical boxes—and neither will you—but we can choose to see, share, and celebrate the good with a little help from these tools.