The workplace is filled with individual people who have a lot to offer especially in diverse workplaces. But sometimes what there is to offer is not always apparent.
Many employees have talents that go unnoticed simply because the opportunity might not arise to use them, or employers might not know about them.
This can be an enormous waste to both the business and the employee.
So, how can employers spot employees’ hidden talents to allow employees to blossom and also uniquely contribute to the business?
Read this piece to find out!
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Analyze How Employees Think, as Well as what Employees Do
How people think can be vital to unlocking hidden talents. When it comes to assessing performance, the achievement of goals is easily measurable, but often behind the success of the completion of a goal is the thought process that went behind it.
Not only does understanding the way employees think become extremely beneficial to how an employer opts to communicate with an employee, but it is also essential when pointing employers in the direction of what further projects might suit a specific employee and what certain employees might excel at.
This will also leave all your employees feeling valued and listened to, which is only a good thing for the workplace and productivity!
Ask Your Employees About Personal Goals
Taking a genuine interest in employees and asking them about their personal goals can offer a lot of information into what hidden talents might be lurking beneath the surface.
Bringing these hidden talents to light could then benefit the workplace, and also inject some passion and excitement into the employee’s work.
For example, if an employee is interested in languages, why not ask if the employee would like to speak with international clients?
By asking your employees about personal hopes and dreams, there is the chance it could inject a new lease of life into both the employees’ work and the business.
Tools and services offered by The GC Index can also provide an insight into where employees strengths lie.
Give Your Employees the Chance to Volunteer
When a new project comes up, giving employees the chance to volunteer to be a part of it instead of assigning work will speaks volumes. This is an easy way of showing employers what employees might be interested in and what tasks might suit specific personal skills.
It might surprise employers who pick what and could lead on to excellent progressions for employees and the business.
Get the Perspective of Other Employees
Who knows employees’ work skills and talents better than their fellow co-workers? Get the perspective of those who work with one another and find out what might be the strengths and weaknesses of each employee.
It is also a good exercise to have employees reflect on personal strengths and weaknesses, unique traits, talents, and what characteristics are believed to stand out.
This should offer a good grasp of what some of the hidden talent’s employees have!