60% of workers are now asked to take workplace assessments in today’s modern workforce. This means more managers than ever have insight on their employees, how to work effectively within a team’s innate culture and what to expect when a new employee walks into the office on Monday. All of these are useful when we’re talking about the “fun” traits: creativity, extroversion, stability… but what about the traits that scare the heck out of the boss? Read More.


Research shows at least 50% of the population may be introverted. People have the tendency to force themselves to be extroverted, particularly in a professional setting, so it comes as no surprise people think less of the population who are introverted. In reality, many of us exist on a scale, with true introverts and extroverts being pretty rare. Find out where you are on the spectrum. Read More.


Company culture is organic. It’s not bought, it’s not manufactured. A true company culture is grown slowly and naturally by the people who work for it, and is unique to every company. Actions, decisions and personalities come together to produce something greater than the token ping-pong table to mean something real to customers and employees. So how do we cut through the bullshit and create a culture worth something? An entire company overhaul is not the quickest way nor is the best. Read More.



Leadership sets the tone of an office or work environment. In fact, 66% of employees with a ‘bad’ boss, feel a negative energy in the workplace while only 15% of those with a ‘good’ boss report the same. More and more, the paycheck and perks, while both huge factors for retaining and engaging people, aren’t what has turnover through the roof. Bad management and uninspiring supervisors are what can make or break your team. Read More.


Editor’s Note: This essay is part of the My Vitru series. My Vitru are real people taking the assessment and giving their honest feedback.

Kayleigh is an email specialist who works from home. She recently took on more responsibility at work and wanted to know how she compared to her coworkers, especially because she now works with them from a distance!

Kayleigh is also a newlywed and had been taking lots of assessments and quizzes anyway. Read More.


 

What are your strengths as a leader? Possibly communication, collaboration or guidance. Few leaders have just one strength. Their skills are a mixture of strengths that allow them to be the coaches, guides, managers they are. This article suggests that some managers might be “one-pitch” leaders, meaning they rely solely on one asset. While baseball pitchers might depend on only one specific pitch, managers simply can’t use one single leadership skill or style to guide their team. Read More.


Managers invest an abundance of time and money into recruiting, hiring and training the professionals they see fit to join their teams. And, though it would be lovely if that’s all it took to have a high performing, unified team, that would be way too easy. So, to improve dynamic managers make use of a team building activity. But what if science could help measure personalities and thereby boost team building efforts? Read More.



Playing a team sport means not being involved in every big play. You trust your teammates to do their job when it’s their turn. Giving up a part of the control of a situation, because no single person can do it all themselves, is how a communal effort gets accomplished. A good team doesn’t hope for internal trust, it’s built on it. Build trust among your team to maximize your overall potential. Read More.