Focus on strengths, manage weaknesses

By Brian Orr
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/19/2002

What is the most effective way to improve an employee’s work performance?

It’s an important question for organizations because, as qualified and competent people become increasingly difficult to recruit, it’s more important than ever investments in employee development are wisely spent.

The Gallup Corporation has been researching this question in several countries in North America, Europe and Asia. As part of the research, Gallup asked people whether it was better to concentrate on strengths or weaknesses to improve performance. Those who felt it was better to concentrate on developing weakness varied from 59 per cent in the United States, to 64 per cent in Canada and 76 per cent in Japan.