Using DiSC To Create More Fun
DiSC Behavioural Profiling is an amazing, yet simple tool that can help you in organising your Reward and Recognition, Staff Incentive and Fun-at-Work Programs.
The big thing to keep in mind is that we are dealing with behaviour, NOT personality. Behaviour is more flexible, situational based and will often change based on our perception. DiSC helps you identify what people need in order to feel significant and successful.
The four behaviour types are:
Dominance Behaviour – This behaviour type love to achieve. They like to have control, can get a little competitive and enjoy winning. They are direct, upfront and assertive.
Influence Behaviour– ‘I’ Behaviour is very social. They strive for social recognition. They love to talk, interact and engage. They are very animated and expressive.
Steadiness Behaviour – ‘S’ Behaviour are social creatures, yet more laid back than ‘I’. They are people focused, nuturing, caring and great listeners.
Consciousness Behaviour – ‘C’ Behaviour is the more logical, details focused and analytical of the four. They enjoy solving problems, are usually quiter and more the ‘thinker’.
It is important to be aware that 80% of people have 2 main preferences, 10% of people have one preference and the remaining 10% operate out of all four.
So how does this help when organizing Fun-at-Work Programs?
By understanding that different people have different needs it is important to find a team activity or program that meets most of those needs. For example…
‘D’ – love anything that has a sense of competition. (word of warning – make sure that the competition is friendly and doesn’t get out of hand)
‘I’– love anything that is exciting, social and animated.
‘S’ – Enjoy activities that get people interactive, talking and socializing.
‘C’ – Enjoy activities that get them solving puzzles, plan and organize. It is important for ‘C’ behaviour that the ‘rules’ or ‘expectations’ are clearly defined and followed.
As an example our Race Around the World Activity meets all those needs.
‘D’ Competition – Team who earns the most points wins
‘I’ Social and Exciting – Work in small teams of 4-7. They participate in a range of fun activities at various checkpoints
‘S’ Social – Work in small teams of 4-7
‘C’ Analytical – Teams need to solve puzzles, map out their route and plan their journey in order to get to the most checkpoints.
So when organizing your Reward and Recognition, Staff Incentive and Fun-at-Work Programs make sure that they have an element that meets all four needs.
Mike Symonds is the Managing Director of Interactive Events Pty Ltd. Interactive Events is committed to assisting organizations with engaging staff, igniting relationships and creating fun & exciting workplaces through the use of interactive and fun games and activities. You can find out more about Interactive Events at http://www.interactiveevents.com.au