Colour code: The DISC assessment

DISC assessment

Everyone has a different way of approaching a problem, and attempting to find a solution. On the construction jobsite, there are so many moving parts to already be concerned about, so having a deeper understanding how individual team members will perceive this will help the overall success of the project at hand. The DiSC assessment is one of the many personality tests on the market that can provide crucial information about individuals and their working styles to those in construction operations.


What is the DiSC assessment? 

The DiSC assessment is the leading personality assessment tool on the market. Other popular options include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and the 16personalities assessment. DiSC is an acronym that represents 4 core personality trait types: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness. 

DiSC is used by about 1 million people annually working in the fields of Human Resources and People Operations. The aims of the assessment are to foster productivity and increased levels of communication, and to promote effective teamwork. 

The major aspect that sets the DiSC assessment apart is that it’s a non-judgmental tool that endorses discussion around people’s behavioural differences, rather than their similarities. As a result, less focus is placed on working well with those most similar to you, and more attention is paid to exploring adaptation methods. 

In order to yield their complete results from the DiSC assessment, participants must answer a series of questions in order to generate a detailed report about their personality, behaviour, and suggestions on how to work with people that practice other styles of working. 

How does the DiSC assessment help teams? 

Creating DiSC profiles can help you and your colleagues increase your self-knowledge and self-awareness around how you work best, and what you need in order to be successful at work. You’ll also gain a better understanding around how to respond to and deal with conflict, what motivates you to be your best at work, what demotivates you and causes you stress, and how you go about solving problems both individually, and with your team. 

When you understand these factors in relation to yourself, you’ll have the tools needed to improve your existing relationships at work. You’ll be more aware of the communication needs of your team members, be able to facilitate better teamwork, and learn how to argue in a way that’s productive.

After completing the assessment, even though they are expecting to be just one of the four personality types, most people find that they are a mixed bag. Whichever letter you exude the most qualities of is your DiSC letter, and style of working. They are: 

Dominance

  • Focused on reaching results, the status of the bottom line, and exuding confidence 

  • Sees big picture, can be blunt, is quick to accept challenges, cuts the crap

Influence 

  • Concerned with persuading others, openness, and building good working relationships   

  • Shows enthusiasm, optimism, enjoys collaboration, needs to be heard 

Steadiness 

  • Emphasizes cooperation, sincerity, and dependability at work  

  • Works methodically, has a calm manner and approach, shows supportive actions

Conscientiousness

  • Targets opportunities to demonstrate quality, accuracy, expertise, and competency

  • Enjoys being independent, objective reasoning, and receiving details 

Where is DiSC useful in the construction industry? 

If you’re someone managing operations in the construction industry, having information like this at your disposal can prove invaluable when determining which field staff to place together on a project. The team that you assemble will be working together for months at a time, if not years. Their working styles and skill sets need to mesh well together to ensure that the project is completed to the highest standard, on time, and on budget. 

As someone working on a construction jobsite and therefore part of a large team working to produce a desired end product, it can be helpful to understand how your colleagues approach problems and go about working to find the solution. It will also make conversations a lot easier when you learn how to read what type of person a newer colleague is, or when short-term tradespeople come onto the jobsite. 


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