Your DiSC Style and Working Remotely

April 8, 2020

Your DiSC Style and Working Remotely

These times they are ‘a changin’ - including how we communicate. Physical distancing and working remotely don’t afford us our normal communication methods. Soon, if not already, we will notice the even bigger need to be aware of our communication style and the style of others.

The Everything DiSC concept of “stretch,” (those that have taken the workshop, remember the rubber band exercise) or flexing into behaviors not typically associated with our personality type, is important right now.

We will need to use more energy, take more care, and assume the best of each other to assure communication is happening and effectively happening. Every personality has the ability to be productive regardless if working from an office or from home, but what works for one person might not work as well for another.

Consider how personalities will respond to a newly scheduled Zoom with no agenda. Will the D-style feel like it’s going to be a waste of time if there’s no agenda? Is the i-style excited about the chance to see everyone, their home offices and maybe a pet or two? Will the S-style worry about how they should prepare? Is the C-style wondering why there’s the need for the Zoom when you could just email?

Review the information below. TalentGear reports these as some top challenges as well as strengths each style may possess. Do any hit home with you? Some might and they might not even be associated with your DiSC style. Visit with your team. Encourage them to review the list and then have a conversation. What are your needs to effectively communicate with one another? Take a small amount of time now and save yourself issues down the road.

D style

You’re probably eager and ready for the challenge of working from home. You feel like you’ll get lots done; you’ll be able to focus your energy. But you probably wonder about being able to work with your team from a distance.

Strengths

  • You’re results-oriented and driven, so you’ll get done what you need to get done.
  • You will ask for what you need to be successful from home.
  • You’re willing to try new collaboration and communication tools.

Challenges

  • You might be tempted to take shortcuts to complete something that’s been recently stalled.
  • You might move ahead on something too quickly, or ahead of the rest of the team.
  • Your communication style might feel cold to others and leave colleagues feeling unappreciated or even hurt.

i style

You’re usually ready to try something new, so working from home might seem exciting at first. You understand that you’ll need to find new ways of staying connected with your colleagues and friends from work. You’re probably more likely than others to keep your extended work networks alive and active.

Strengths

  • You are naturally positive and enthusiastic and can use that energy to rally your team and maintain a feeling of camaraderie.
  • You won’t forget that human interaction is a human need and can make sure that times or spaces (like Slack channels or virtual happy hours) are created for socializing. You can also use tools like TEAMs for a fun group chat; it isn’t just for work.
  • You like to experiment and will probably have ideas to share with the rest of the team about how to make working from home work for all of you.

Challenges

  • Working alone can be stressful for you and you’ll be easily distracted.
  • Routines can feel stifling, but they can also be very helpful in supporting the self-discipline you’ll need to stay focused and on task.
  • You might want to charge ahead when you should be asking for more specific instructions or for clarification around communications.

S style

You enjoy friendly, cooperative workplaces and will miss the ease of collaboration that physical nearness enables.

Strengths

  • You like clear, complete, yet concise and friendly communication. You can model that for your team.
  • It might be easier for you to contribute your ideas and share your knowledge when given the extra time communicating online can provide.
  • Working alone isn’t stressful for you. You’re unlikely to get distracted from your focus on the team and its goals.

Challenges

  • Lack of frequent check-ins at a personal and professional level might leave you feeling disengaged or anxious.
  • New communication technologies might unsettle you. You’ll need to practice with them with someone you trust.
  • Others in your home, including children and pets, might want to demand your time during work hours and you’ll have to say “no” or shut them out of your room.

C style

You enjoy your independence and the space to think things through thoroughly. You might not understand the frustrations others feel about not seeing each other at your workplace.

Strengths

  • You probably have the discipline and focus to make working at home easy.
  • Your attention to detail will help you evaluate the resource needs of the team and to select the most reliable technologies.
  • You don’t require a lot of face time or feedback to know you’re doing a good job.

Challenges

  • Your quick-and-dirty or to-the-point communication may make others feel alienated from you.
  • You might be tempted to just do a task yourself, rather than delegate it or collaborate on it.
  • Maintaining warm personal relationships with colleagues could be challenging and you’ll need to find new strategies for doing so

For more information on Everything DiSC Workplace and communication styles, contact Alison DePenning

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