We all need growth and happiness and alignment with our purpose in order to flourish in life and at work. Employees using their strengths at work are more likely to be happier and more respected, to grow and learn new things and to have the energy to achieve their goals. They are more likely to have a positive contagion effect on their teams, clients and customers. But, many people do not get to do what they’re best at and are not happy at work, yet grin and bear it - often for years on end without doing anything about it! Waiting for retirement to do what you love and to have your innate needs met does not create an abundant life in the present.
What Is The Strengths Challenge About?
After finding that close to three-quarters of polled employees feel they could be happier at work if they could focus on what they do best, workplace well-being expert, Michelle McQuaid, the VIA Institute, Live Happy and Nada Matijevic have partnered to launch a new strengths challenge designed to equip participants with tools to identify and leverage their strengths on the job.
To date more than 15 million people around the world have taken surveys to discover their strengths, but this challenge gives employees the tools to help them leverage their strengths no matter what their job description says or who they’re working for.
The study by Michelle McQuaid and the VIA Institute found that employees who focus on their strengths – the things they’re good and enjoy doing – are the most likely (65%) to describe themselves as flourishing at work.
This comes as good news to the countless employees who dread going to work each day – and their employers who wonder why they aren’t seeing better performance levels from their workers. Those struggling for more energy and engagement will find it, the study suggests, if they are able to identify and leverage their strengths. A claim supported by more than a decade of academic research.
When Is The Strengths Challenge On?
Today, I invite you to enrol into the global Strengths Challenge, which will be held from February 8th to February 12th 2016.
How Does It Work?
During the challenge, each participant will practice an 11-minute Strengths Habit and other skills that will revolutionize the way they approach their daily work routines.
Challenge participants will:
- Create a small daily habit to develop their character strengths.
- Track online how they’re using their habit until 12th February 2016.
- Report what impact their strength habit is having on their performance and wellbeing.
- Be supported by a community of other people also practicing strength habits.
What Benefits Could I Experience?
“While studies like mine repeatedly show employees who focus on their professional strengths are more productive and engaged, there have been very few tools to help them develop those strengths at work,” said McQuaid. “With the Strength Challenge, we hope to give employees, and their managers, methods they can use to kick start the process. In the end, we hope to show the world, focusing on strengths has bottom line impact for individual performance and wellbeing.”
“In increasing numbers, employees and managers are recognizing the importance of building upon their strengths as a critical pathway to better performance,” reports VIA Institute’s chairman, Neal H. Mayerson. “This Strengths Challenge will give participants the tools to help them ‘move from what’s wrong to what is strong’.”
It is really exciting to be able to offer you this opportunity to do the Challenge. At Innovative Consulting Solutions we’re all about making positive changes, and this Strengths Challenge could make life more fulfilling for everyone.
How Do I Enrol?
Anyone can sign up for the free Strengths Challenge here:
2016 Strengths Challenge
Nada Matijevic is an experienced leader and people manager with a mission to be a catalyst for humanity-positive change, using creativity and innovation to inspire changed thinking and mindful action through personal growth and professional development, leadership development and culture change.
Michelle McQuaid is a workplace well-being expert and author of new book, Your Strengths Blueprint. McQuaid specializes in translating cutting-edge research from positive psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies for health, happiness and business success.
The VIA Institute is a non-profit, positive psychology organization and the home of the world's largest database on character strengths.
Live Happy is a new lifestyle publication unlike any other on newsstands today. Weaving the science of positive psychology through inspiring content, relatable stories, and sage advice, we help readers discover their personal journey of happiness.