Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? According to Tom Rath of the Gallup Organization, only 25 to 30 percent of people around the world strongly agree with that question. Jean talks with Tom about the importance of finding a career you truly enjoy and about his new book, StrengthsFinder 2.0.
The Gallup Organization has studied workplaces around the world for nearly 40 years, and Tom says its research has shown that the happiest and most productive employees are those who use their natural talents on a daily basis. He says Gallup's StrengthFinder assessment test helps people identify their strengths and talents. "It's really about understanding your talents and then thinking about how to apply those in what you do today and in maybe other jobs or roles or activities in the future," he says.
Tom says you can also identify many of your strengths on your own. "Look for your natural yearnings—what are the things you really gravitate toward and that you seem to experience success in a more rapid period of time than most people around you?" he says.
While assessing your talents mid-career may help you pursue better-suited employment, Tom says he is excited about using StrengthFinder testing at colleges. "We're helping college freshman think about their talents and how they might apply that to build friendships on campus and think about their careers in the future and what they may want to major in," he says.
Published on September 06, 2007