Values in Action

Involved employees are enthusiastic and show more interest for their organisation. Research shows that the majority of employees is not committed and not connected to their work. If employees are not committed, this leads to worse performances and lower productivity, while employee commitment leads to higher achievements and productivity. A 3-year study of employee commitment by Crabb (2011) showed that one of the primary drivers for employee commitment in organisations is implementing strong character traits.

The Values in Action® (VIA) classification describes 24 strong points which are considered to be fundamental components of the character. These components are universally considered qualities. Strong points are defined as capacities for thinking, feeling and behaving. Every person possesses each of these 24 strong points in different graduations, that results in unique profiles that form a ‘rich array’ of human personalities.

The approach of individual and team functioning out of character traits is very worthwhile to grow. It begins with a first impression of each other’s profile. After the training one can follow up on this (e.g. as buddies or by means of an internal coach). One gets insight in their own top 5 character traits, learns how to align character traits with possible tasks, learns to see as a team which traits are needed for success and one learns to appreciate each other for one’s talents. For teams 7 functions are nominated, like collecting information, decision taking, influence, generating ideas etc. By matching character traits and functions it becomes clear where a strong contribution can be made, what character traits are unique for 1 person, what one has to develop etc. In advance we make a team plot. In the training we also work out of positive character traits of people which are set against the team functions.

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