The Role of DiSC in the Workplace

By Adam Robinson,
August 27, 2013

One or two Fridays a month, Hireology holds a “lunch and learn.” We dedicate the hour to a specific topic – platform updates, sales strategies, etc… and encourage the team to ask questions and share their feedback. This past Friday’s lunch and learn topic was the role each of our DiSC personality profiles play in the office. And for as close-knit of an office family as we are, the DiSC exercise actually taught us more about each other (as clichŽ as that may sound). 

To give you some background, each Hireologist takes the DiSC personality assessment upon their hiring. It’s not something we factor into the hiring decision, but the results help us to understand how to most effectively work alongside and one another. Of course it also aids the management team in determining how to successfully manage their team members. Each time a new hireologist joins the family, we add their name to our DiSC chart. It’s nothing fancy, but we like being able to see who falls where within the circle.

At the lunch and learn, our I/O psychology team divided us up based on the results of our DiSC assessments. As you can see from the chart, most of Hireology falls under the “I” category, or Influence. There’s a few “D” employees, or Dominance and a few “S”, or Steadiness thrown in as well. We were then asked to work with our groups to create a list of the benefits and downfalls of being a D, I, S or C. After that, we were told to come up with a skit to represent out DiSC personality.

Listen, I realize this sounds like something your teachers would ask you to do on the first day of eighth grade – and it probably is. But this is one of the more fun team building activities I’ve done, and it’s actually meaningful. Being able to better understand why someone goes about work in one way and why someone else goes about it a different way helps us to more successfully work together. It can help you approach collaborative situations in a way that will produce the best outcome while taking the most effective route. 

Why not measure your employee’s DiSC personality, or your new hires? If I was able to learn more about my coworkers I’ve known for a year, then I’m sure you’ll learn a whole lot about your new employees. 

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About the Author

Adam co-founded Hireology with the mission to help growing companies make better hiring decisions through data and better technology. Adam is passionate about entrepreneurship, donating time to a number of organizations that support the entrepreneurial cause. Adam completed his undergraduate study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

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