Utilizing Strengths in the Cherwell Workplace

Posted by on April 19, 2019

Cherwell Staffer Strengths

“The potential gains of a strengths-based management approach are worth it…revealing that people who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged at work, 8% more productive and 15% less likely to quit their jobs.”— Gallup Research

At Cherwell, we place an emphasis on our people and crafting a culture built on peoples’ strengths. That is why we utilize the Gallup Strengths Finders program in our everyday life at Cherwell, starting from day one with onboarding. 

“We integrate the Strengths Finder from Day 1 as it helps our employees validate who they are and how they perform best. So many times I’ve had employees read though  their profiles and share ‘this is really me!’ Having access to everyone’s strengths gives us all the ability to see each other’s perspectives and be more productive,” says Kim Osoba, Director of Talent Acquisition. 

All of our new hires take the Strength assessment, which reveals their top five strengths out of a total 32. 

Company-wide, the “Achiever” and “Learner” strengths come in first for teammates across the globe. Across departments, the breakdown of different Strengths reveals different assets that each team brings to Cherwell family. For example, the Research and Development team is primarily “Learners” and “Analytics,” Sales embodies “Individualization” and “Strategic” traits, HR is filled with “Achievers” and “Empathizers,” and our executive team’s top two strengths are “Strategic" and "Positivity.” 

Once a new hire has completed the Strengths assessment, we put their top five strengths on their cubicle name tag, the new hire welcome board, and even their email signatures. Highlighting strengths on teammate’s cubes versus highlighting a title/position helps place emphasis on first understanding each individual’s needs, personalities, and work styles. 

“At Cherwell, hierarchical titles are not as important as who we are as individuals. We recognize and appreciate everyone’s differences and understand that each of us have different strengths. This diversity builds unity and makes us a stronger team," says Jason Max, Director of Talent Management. 

Comprehending one another’s strengths helps teammates work more efficiently together, allowing for better integration with and collaboration across teams and departments. Leveraging Strengths in the workplace allows us to build positive momentum and more quickly and easily achieve our purpose. Ultimately, we aim to make work flow throughout any organization—starting with our own. When we understand one another and play to our strengths, we are all more successful.

To learn more about how Cherwell utilizes Strengths Finders, we invite you attend Colorado Springs’ Elevate Your Community event on April 24, 2019 featuring our Director of Talent Management, Jason Max. To learn more about this event, click here

If you are interested in working for a company that leads with strengths in mind, we invite you to head over to our career page to see our open positions. 

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