What an amazing sight! Last Saturday when I was outside in the garden a large flock of Snow Geese flew overhead their wings translucent in the morning sun. Science tells us they fly in ‘V’ formation for reasons of conserving energy. Heart rates are slower because of reduced wind resistance allowing them to travel further. This formation allows the flock to fly 70% further than if they travelled alone. The ‘V’ formation also provides good line of sight for good communication. They are all leaders as when the lead tires the rest lend support and take turns.
There are many parallels in the teams we create in our lives. When we all communicate well with each other we are more productive and the stress is much lower. In a recent study by Psychometrics 69% of HR professionals indicated that employee engagement is a problem. Disengaged employees have a large impact on organizations. Contrary to what some may believe, disengaged employees do not quit their jobs or fail to show up for work, they stay on the job damaging both productivity and relationships.
Offering the Myers-Briggs to employees will benefit not only your organization but their personal life as well. Positive interaction in the workplace benefits in increased productivity and improved communications amongst the employees. When employees are engaged in the organization and ‘flying’ in the same direction it shows in their performance and commitment.