DISC profiling is a tool used to help interpret, communicate, and understand people’s behaviours in the workplace to improve work productivity and communication, reduce conflict and foster better working relationships.
DISC is an acronym that categorises the four main behavioural traits identified by the DISC profiling model:
- (D)rive– D personalities tend to be focused, inspirational and dependent, and place an emphasis on achieving results. People with this trait are often confident, outspoken, assertive and decisive, but can become easily aggravated with conflicting opinions.
- (I)nfluence – People with this personality trait are often skilled at influencing or persuading others. They tend to have an outgoing, optimistic, and enthusiastic disposition, and are motivated by collaborations and connections with others. As they like to keep people ‘happy’, they may be reluctant to provide constructive feedback.
- (S)teadiness – S personalities are dependable, persistent, and thoughtful. They place an emphasis on cooperation and sincerity and have a tendency to be patient and calm. They are highly motivated to help others and operate in a methodical manner but can struggle with changes that might disrupt their routine.
- (C)ompliance – A person ranking high in compliance tends to place an emphasis on quality, accuracy, expertise and competency. They prefer a stable environment and pay close attention to minor details. They are driven by logic and objective analysis but may have a tendency to over-analyse matters.
How does DISC profiling work?
Joanne Mills, HR Consultant, is a certified practitioner of Thomas International’s Personal Profile Analysis (PPA), a DISC based tool which is registered with the British Psychological Society.
A personal profile analysis enables employers to become more aware of employee work styles and is also useful for teams to identify each of those preferred behaviours. By improving self-awareness, employees will have the means to consolidate their working strengths and compensate for their behavioural limitations. The profiling also provides an overview of how to get the best out of individuals with specific personality traits.
Employees complete a short questionnaire by selecting one description or word that is ‘most‘ like them and one that is ‘least‘ like them. Jo will then collate the questionnaire results and analyse and interpret behaviours under three areas; self-image, under pressure and work mask. Most participants have a mixture of traits, but there are usually one or two predominant personality traits that stand out.
Why choose DISC profiling?
Disc profiling increases self-image and helps people be aware of their own strengths and limitations. It highlights how an employee responds to conflict and change within the workplace, what motivates them, what causes them stress and how they deal with it. Understanding behaviours in the workplace is critical for successful teamwork, effective communication, leadership and management, resulting in a more productive, efficient and less stressful workplace.
DISC profiling can be carried out individually or designed as part of a team building and leadership development programme.
If you would like to know more our DISC profiling service and how your organisation can benefit, please contact us on 01942 727200 or email email@example.com and speak to one of our consultants.
“I have had the privilege to work with Joanne who completed a DISC profile for myself. She explained everything clearly and was really great to work with. The questionnaire was really easy to fill out and it took no time at all. When I received my results I was shocked at how accurate it really was. It was as if Joanne had known me for years. I would definitely recommend EML to everyone”.
Nikki Pritchard, Employability Lead, OnSide Warrington Youth Zone