In our continuous quest for a happy, effective workplace, our team took the Everything DiSC Workplace assessment this summer. Results from the DiSC survey are designed to help people understand themselves and how to work with others better. And we scored a big fat “C!” As mediocre as this may sound, it actually means the opposite. 50% of our team falls into the “C” region for Conscientious, which is marked by Accuracy, Challenge and Stability. The rest of our team was somewhat scattered with 22% as “S” for Support, 17% identifying as “D” for Dominant and 11% as “I” for Influencer.
Most people felt like their results truly depicted themselves, but a few were a bit surprised. Some of the surprise might stem from the theory that people often use different communication styles in a professional environment than in their personal life. Overall, everyone felt like the process benefited them, and continues to guide them when working with differing personalities.
A few team members shared their thoughts about the process and results below.
Question: What commitment did you make after taking the DiSC survey?
Jon Houck: I’m committed to better understanding people on other (sometimes opposite) ends of the DiSC spectrum, and practicing some techniques to work together more effectively.
Phoebe Lam: Be more aware of what is stressful for my team and what energizes them. Think about how to help them make the stressful bits more bearable and how to harness the stress and turn it into something useful.
Dillon Parker: To continue to question the results, especially if I catch myself behaving in a manner out of sync with them.
Sheldon Eaton: I committed to find ways to achieve a result more efficiently while letting go of the need for perfection. Harder than it sounds!
Parvathy Nair: I definitely try to scope people’s personalities before I communicate with them. I can tell that some people prefer a skype check in whereas other people prefer an in-person check in.
Question: Which part of your profile surprised you the most?
Jon Houck: There were some things that I feel like I learned more about myself – especially how I’m not good at taking compliments, but sometimes I don’t realize that others are different and may want more praise/compliments.
Andrea Wrobel: If anything, it allowed me to see my personality in a professional lens rather than an interpersonal lens. It justified that I wasn’t an outlier in the way that I deal with things in the work place.
Dillon Parker: I think I am more sociable than the results suggest. At least I know that I am able to be, even if from time to time I might prefer not to be.
Sheldon Eaton: I was surprised to find that my style likes to adhere to a routine and resists new and innovative ideas. I wouldn’t say I agree with that assessment.
Question: Which part of your profile did you identify most with?
Jon Houck: It was pretty accurate in describing me as systematic, efficient, overanalyzing. It is slightly creepy how accurate the descriptions were for the most part.
Phoebe Lam: No nonsense approach. I like to get to the heart of things.
Dillon Parker: The part where I have a strong preference for facts and for rational, fact-based approaches to problem solving.
Sheldon Eaton: My dot was closest to the center, indicating that I find it relatively easy to relate to other styles as well. I felt like I could relate to a lot of different answers as I was taking the test.
Parvathy Nair: The part that described me as a person who values creativity and speaks freely about their thoughts.
Question: How has taking the DiSC survey helped you?
Jon Houck: I feel like it is good to just be more aware of how you work, and how others work differently.
Phoebe Lam: It had added to my awareness of others and their professional needs.
Andrea Wrobel: Frankly, it’s allowed me to feel a bit more ‘normal’ being myself while in the office.
Dillon Parker: It was interesting, and interesting to see where others in the office fall. But about myself, it mostly confirmed attitudes / behaviors that I have been aware of for a long time.
Sheldon Eaton: It definitely opened my eyes to everyone’s different work styles. The assessment helps me recognize where people are coming from, and how best to approach a situation based on the differing styles.
Parvathy Nair: It heightened my awareness of other personalities in this office. Though everyone is friendly and helpful about everything, I’d like to approach people in a way that makes them feel comfortable too.