Research carried out by the Korn Ferry Institute in 2013 found that “companies with higher rates of return on stock also have employees with few personal blind spots,” in other words they found a correlation between self-awareness in leaders and overall financial performance of the company.
“Poor-performing companies’ employees were 79 percent more likely to have low overall self-awareness than those at firms with robust rate of return” ~ Korn Ferry, 2013
As you can see, it therefore makes sense for business and organisations to invest in the self-awareness of their employees. It is also beneficial for employees to take an active role in becoming self-aware.
HOW DOES SELF-AWARENESS IMPACT ON AN INDIVIDUAL AT WORK?
Self-awareness is all about knowing your personality, your strengths and – perhaps more importantly – your weaknesses. Having a good level of emotional intelligence is incredibly valuable in the workplace, especially if you’re working as a manager or within a team of people.
MORE CONFIDENCE IN YOUR ABILITY
Getting to know yourself better includes getting to know your strengths and talents. This can help increase your confidence at work. If your current role is not geared towards your known skillset, consider talking to your manager about ways you can incorporate more tasks that play to your strengths. This will ultimately benefit both you and your employer.
BETTER ABLE TO DEAL WITH STRESS
When we are stressed, angry, or defensive, it can be all too easy to make a knee-jerk reaction to the situation – losing our temper, taking our frustrations out on others. This may only add to our stress levels, and that of our colleagues.People who are self-aware know what triggers them to feel stressed, angry or defensive. Knowing your triggers means you can prepare for, avoid, or effectively respond to them more calmly when they do arise thus avoiding the above scenarios.Having self-awareness also means taking care of yourself and resting so you don’t burn out, therefore knowing what helps to reduce your stress is key here too.
BETTER TIME MANAGEMENT
Knowing yourself well means you know when and how you work best. If you know you have a lot of energy in the morning for example, then flag in the afternoons, plan to do your more taxing tasks when you get in.If you know you need limited distractions when you work, try working from quieter places if possible or invest in some noise cancelling headphones so you can get in the zone.The i3 personality assessment helps you identify the environment, in which you are most productive – you may be surprised that it’s not what you think!
TIPS TO USE SELF-AWARENESS IN THE WORKPLACE
Use personality tests to understand your personal traits.
Personality assessment tools, such as i3 profiling, help you to reflect on your attitude, behaviours, characteristics and what drives your decision making and so become more self-aware.
Seek professional help.
A good coach is invaluable. They can provide you with feedback that enhances your level of self-awareness. Our i3 REAL Coaches use and deliver i3 assessments across multiple outputs, offering a truly “cradle to grave” assessment and development tool, that delivers integrated solutions in line with business needs.
Keep notes on yourself and your actions.
It can be helpful when you make an important decision to make a note of what you expect the result to be. At an appropriate time, go back to your notes and compare what did happen with what you expected to happen. Don’t just think about ‘what’ happened, make sure you also reflect on ‘why’ it happened. What role did you play?Get Feedback.Identify people you know and feel you can trust and ask them to give you feedback on your personality, habits, needs, and values and how they feel this impacts on your work. It may be helpful to ask people to do this feedback anonymously so that they are more likely, to be honest, and provide a valid response that is insightful and helpful.
STRUGGLING WITH SELF-AWARENESS?
The original i3 personality assessment tool was created to do two things, increase self-awareness and enable stronger relationships (team building).
This assessment can be completed in just 15-20 minutes but its effects will last a lifetime. Taking into account 7 Individual Instinctive Indicators (i3), the assessment will reveal a totally unique combination for each person as well as provide insight into the environment they are likely to be most productive and fulfilled within – no two results generated from the assessment are the same.
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LOOKING TO ADD A SELF-AWARENESS TOOL TO YOUR BUSINESS?
i3 is a full Organisational Development tool that will support you with the whole talent management, succession planning and employee development life-cycle.Raising both self and social awareness, becoming accredited in the i3 assessment tools will help with the intervention and implementation of relevant learning and development programmes, whilst providing HR/OD teams, coaches, business leaders, and hiring managers, a range of people management and career coaching solutions.
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