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Profiles Incorporated

A Strategic Business Partner of Profiles International

Posted by Craig Palmer on May 15, 2024.

The compatibility between managers and their employees is critical. Oftentimes the chemistry and personal fit is overlooked in the hiring process and when people end up leaving, they don’t typically quit the company they work for, they quit their boss.

There is certainly no shortage of leadership advice available at your fingertips with a simple internet search but first, let’s review some key statistics about managers in general:

  • 60% of workers have left or leave a job over a bad boss
  • 65% of workers say they would take a new boss over a pay raise
  • 70% of employees are disengaged at work
  • 79% of employees don’t feel appreciated by their boss

Clearly, you do not want to be the type of leader described above!

Here are 3 things to consider when building relationships with your employees:

  1. Complete trust building activities with each of your direct reports. Trust is a key leadership behavior and the foundation to quality teamwork. A fantastic way to begin is to engage Profiles, Inc. and have your entire team take the PXT Select Questionnaire. This exercise will provide a common language to discuss key leadership fundamentals. A key PXT Select behavior that is measured is outlook which measures trust. Using the Trust Profiles data, you will immediately know how trust works for you and your direct reports.
  2. Once we have this useful trust data, we can take action on how to deal with the 70% worker disengagement and the 79% of worker underappreciation by their boss. The number 1 reason for employee disengagement is the employee feels their manager doesn’t really care about them professionally or personally. The simple act of reviewing both their Profiles results together demonstrates a professional and personal interest and begins building a strong relationship. This is a highly meaningful trust building activity between leaders and their direct report.
  3. Once we have all your Profiles PXT Select data you can now begin to expand your leadership skill horizons using the PXT Select Leadership Report. This report discusses six key leadership skills: Creating a Vision, Developing Strategies, Ensuring Results, Being Approachable, Inspiring People and Mentoring others. These skills represent three Organizational Leadership Skills and three People Leadership Skills. We would recommend selecting one skill from each category and work together with the employee to develop a measurable plan that improves those skills over the next 90-120 days. Remember, being a great leader is a lifelong learning journey.

Contact Profiles, Inc. today and let us help your leaders avoid being part of the 50% of workers who trust a stranger more than their own boss!


Author: Craig Palmer

Profiles Incorporated provides personalized consulting to support the assessment results of your employees. We also provide in-depth training for managers to maximize the value of the assessment information and administrative training that allows you to take this information in house.


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