Maximizing Potential through Strengths-Based Development

Do you remember a time when you were fulfilled at work? Where you felt like you were “in the zone” and time flew by because you were working on something that fully leveraged your skills and strengths? If you haven’t experienced this in a while (or ever), then it’s a good time to dig deep and examine what you’re great at!

Not having a clear idea of what your core strengths are or even how to best leverage them can make it impossible to effectively build and develop them throughout your career. In fact, the book The Happiness Hypothesis asserts, “Understanding your strengths and weaknesses can really help improve the fit between your strengths and your job. It also provides insight into why some parts of a job are enjoyable while others may fill you with dread.”

At Softchoice helping employees better understand and develop their strengths is a core element in leadership development. In fact, Morepheus – one of Softchoice’s employee development programs for high-potential employees – has a particular component that helps them better understand their strengths and weakness so that they can further develop themselves and their leadership skills!

Program graduate Kara Ferdoussi shares what the program is all about and why learning more about herself is helping her in her role as HR Supervisor. [Read more…]

Finding that right balance

Ensuring a healthy work/life balance among employees is an essential component of our success. To help reduce stress and promote overall health, we encourage our people to live an active lifestyle. We also have an employee gym on-site in our Toronto headquarters that is open for use seven days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Softchoice offers complete benefit packages, including allowances for massage and alternative medicine, as well eye care and full dental coverage. With respect to sick time, we recognize that the personal circumstances vary from one employee to the next. For this reason we do not maintain a stringent policy.

When employees fall ill, they are encouraged to stay at home and take care of themselves. This policy helps stop the spread of illness within the office and often leads to swifter recovery times. Should employees be away for more than five consecutive business days, they may be entitled to receive Short Term Disability pay at 100% of their base pay for a period of 30 days. Our Long Term Disability program covers employees at 60 percent of what they earned the previous year.
To reduce stress and help our people balance their home and professional lives, we also offer an employee assistance program (EAP). This program provides lifestyle and stress management expertise, in addition to personal counseling.