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26th June 2024

Embracing Diversity: How Strengths-Based Hiring Can Revolutionise the Workplace

In today’s dynamic professional landscape, the importance of diversity and inclusion cannot be overstated. As organisations strive to innovate and stay competitive, they are increasingly turning to strengths-based hiring practices to build diverse, high-performing teams. This article explores how this transformative approach can enhance diversity in the workplace.

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What is Strengths-Based Hiring?

Strengths-based hiring focuses on identifying and leveraging the unique strengths and talents of candidates, rather than solely considering their skills and experiences. This method emphasises what energises individuals most and how their natural strengths can contribute to organisational success. By prioritising potential over conventional qualifications, companies can unlock a broader talent pool, fostering a more inclusive and diverse workforce.

Benefits of a Diverse Workforce

Organisations that are more diverse and inclusive are 35% more likely to outperform their competitors, and diverse teams are 87% better at making decisions. Organisations that employ an equal number of men and women can produce up to 41% higher revenue. Not only does diversity increase organisational outcomes, but it can improve candidate attraction as 2 out of 3 job candidates seek companies that have diverse workforces. Embracing diversity across a range of factors including gender, age, race, socioeconomic background and sexual orientation leads to a number of positive outcome, both for the organisation and the people who work there.

  • Enhanced Innovation and Creativity: Diverse teams bring a wide array of perspectives, leading to innovative problem-solving and creative thinking. This cognitive diversity means that the organisation can benefit from many different thinking styles and ideas. By tapping into the unique strengths of individuals from different backgrounds, organisations can cultivate an environment where fresh ideas thrive.
  • Improved Employee Engagement and Retention: When employees feel valued for their unique contributions, their engagement and job satisfaction soar. Strengths-based hiring ensures that individuals are placed in roles where they can excel and feel a sense of purpose. This alignment between personal strengths and job requirements not only boosts morale but also reduces turnover rates, as employees are more likely to stay with a company that appreciates and utilises their innate strengths.
  • Increased Wellbeing and Reduced Stress: Embracing a strengths-based approach in organisations leads to a number of benefits for employees. People who can use their strengths in their role tend to perform better, and also show improved wellbeing and relationships at work, and reduced levels of stress. Prioritising diversity and inclusion also helps people to feel respected, valued and welcomed at work, leading to greater levels of happiness and job satisfaction.


Practical Steps to Implement Strengths-Based Hiring

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  • Redefine Job Descriptions: Shift the focus from rigid job requirements to the strengths and attributes needed for success in the role. Use language that invites a diverse range of applicants, emphasising qualities like adaptability, problem-solving, and collaboration.
  • Utilise Strengths Assessment Tools: Incorporate tools like Strengthscope during the recruitment process. These assessments help identify candidates’ natural strengths and identify areas where they are likely to be happiest and perform at their best, enabling more informed hiring decisions. These assessments can be used in conjunction with other recruitment methods such as interviews or assessment centres to provide a richer picture of candidates.
  • Train Hiring Managers: Equip hiring managers with the skills to recognise and value diverse strengths. Provide training on unconscious bias and the benefits of a strengths-based approach, ensuring they can effectively evaluate candidates beyond traditional metrics.
  • Embrace a Strengths-Based Approach Throughout the Organisation: While embracing strengths during the hiring process is of major benefit, continuing the use of strengths in areas such as professional and personal development, appraisals and internal promotion processes can further support diversity in your organisation. Helping your team to understand each other’s strengths and utilise them will support better decision-making and innovation. Ensuring managers understand the strengths-based approach and incorporate it in their management practices will help to retain employees and increase employee engagement.

How Can Impact Help:

Embracing strengths-based hiring is a powerful strategy for fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Impact offers bespoke recruitment support through our Talent Pillar, including strengths-based assessment, in addition to team development. Our new Psychometric Assessment package is a great place to start to see how you can embrace psychometrics as part of your hiring process.

Our Strengths-Based Team Coaching package also offers an option for team development, helping teams to become more effective, manage conflict, overcome challenges and find new and better ways to play to their strengths.

Enquire here.