DISC Personality Assessments and Their Impact on Our Organization

May 16, 2023

The importance of understanding personality types within an organization cannot be overstated. From hiring and onboarding to fostering effective communication, this understanding shapes a team’s ability to work cohesively and efficiently. One tool that has been particularly transformative for our non-profit and church is the DISC Personality Assessment.

DISC is an acronym for the four primary behavioral traits: Dominance (D), Influence (I), Steadiness (S), and Conscientiousness (C). The DISC assessment has been refined and adapted by various organizations and is now widely used in many fields, including business, education, and non-profit organizations like ours. We utilize UniquelyYou’s DISC assessment with our teaching staff and our volunteers.

At the heart of our organization is our people, and understanding them is crucial to our success. We began using the DISC personality assessments several years ago and have integrated it into various aspects of our operations, from hiring and onboarding to ongoing team communication.

Hiring: The DISC assessment has been instrumental in our hiring process. By understanding a candidate’s primary DISC style, we can ensure that we are bringing people onboard who not only possess the necessary skills but also have a personality style that complements and balances our existing team. This also empowers us to quickly and efficiently prepare our team with the likelihood of one’s personality emerging in our workplace.

Onboarding: Once hired, we use the DISC assessment during the onboarding process to help new employees understand their work style and how it fits within our team. This knowledge aids in minimizing friction, fostering empathy, and creating a more cohesive work environment. This also allows us to shift training to highlight the specific needs shown in their personality.

Communication: The DISC assessment has also significantly improved our internal communication. By understanding the communication preferences associated with each DISC style, our team members can tailor their communication to suit the recipient’s DISC style, leading to more effective and efficient communication.

The DISC Personality Assessment continues to offer value in modern organizational settings. For our non-profit and church, it has proved an invaluable tool for understanding and harnessing the power of personality differences. By using DISC, we’ve managed to create a harmonious and productive work environment where every individual’s uniqueness is recognized, understood, and appreciated.