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…]

Growing Employees from Within: How to win in the war for talent

Savvy organizations know that investing in talent management is essential to a company’s future success. In the war for talent, a great amount of research shows that employee development programs are becoming an increasingly vital weapon to improve employee commitment, business performance and retention.

In a recent study conducted by assessment and development consultancy Cubiks, 93 percent of respondents said they would stay longer with an organization that invested in their development and 97 percent of respondents agreed it was important to develop people who could lead the company in the future.

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Making Traditions Part of Softchoice’s Corporate Culture

Traditions are a valuable way to strengthen families and create lasting memories. Often passed on through generations, many rituals can be quite unique; yet also bridge divides and boost the spirit of a family unit. When it comes to the larger corporate family, traditions are also a fantastic way to drive engagement and strengthen coworker relationships. In fact, Human Resources expert Susan Heathfield agrees saying they’re as “important in companies just as they are in families” and a great way to increase employee morale and motivation.  

I quickly realized this when I arrived as a newbie intern at Softchoice’s company-wide, employee conference. Every January this standing experience called Launch, kick starts the year ahead for Softchoice’s employees. What started out as a small gathering of a few employees when the company was founded in 1990, has grown to a 1200-person, weeklong event that has continued even during tough economic times.

Being new to Softchoice, I went on a mission to find out…why has the Launch tradition become so entrenched in the company’s culture? [Read more…]