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Knowing Your TEAM to Prevent Burnout

Jan 15, 2024

 In order to effectively prevent burnout and foster a healthy work environment, it's essential for leaders and managers to understand the unique work styles and driving forces of their team members. One valuable tool for achieving this understanding is the DISC work styles assessment, coupled with driving forces.

Understanding DISC Work Styles

The DISC assessment categorizes individuals into four primary work styles, each characterized by different behavioral traits:

  1. Dominance (D, Reds): Dominant individuals are assertive, results-driven, and often prefer taking charge of situations.

  2. Influence (I, Yellows): Influential individuals are outgoing, social, and thrive on interaction and collaboration.

  3. Supportive (S, Greens): Supportive individuals are cooperative, patient, and value stability and harmony in their work.

  4. Compliance (C, Blues): Compliance individuals are detail-oriented, organized, and prioritize accuracy and precision in their work.

By understanding the work styles of your team members, you can better tailor your approach to leadership, communication, and task delegation. This knowledge is invaluable in preventing burnout as it enables you to assign tasks and responsibilities that align with each team member's strengths and preferences. Who says work has to be unpleasant?

Leveraging Work Style Strengths

  1. Dominance (D, Reds): People with dominant traits excel in roles that require leadership and decision-making. However, they may be prone to burnout if overloaded with responsibilities. Recognize their need for control but also provide support and opportunities for collaboration. 

  2. Influence (I, Yellows): Influential team members are sociable and great motivators. They may thrive when leading group projects and driving team morale. However, they should be encouraged to manage their energy levels by taking breaks and seeking a balance between work and social interactions.

  3. Supportive (S, Greens): Team members with a steady work style are reliable and excellent at providing support to their peers. To prevent burnout, it's essential to acknowledge their contribution and ensure their workload remains manageable and not overly stressful.

  4. Compliance (C, Blues): Data driven individuals are detail-oriented and dependable. They may struggle with burnout if faced with constant tight deadlines. Provide them with clear expectations and help them manage their workload efficiently.

Driving Forces, are the core motivators that influence an individual's behavior and job satisfaction. Recognizing these motivators can help you align their work with their passions and values, reducing the likelihood of burnout.


By leveraging the insights from the DISC work styles assessment and recognizing the driving forces that motivate your team, you can tailor your leadership approach, task delegation, and team dynamics to create a work environment that is conducive to well-being and long-term success. In doing so, you'll not only reduce the risk of burnout but also enhance team morale and productivity, ultimately benefiting both the individual and the organization as a whole.

Check out information HERE on the DISC assessment or contact me directly for group reports and training. Below is a piece from the 12-month material rolled into participant email post assessment to keep exploring this new tool for sustainability. 



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