Sharon Hudson, Founder and Managing Director
Organisational wellbeing is not a new concept. It has been around for decades, although it has expanded dramatically in recent years as the impact of employee wellbeing on performance, engagement, productivity, employee retention, and overall business success is becoming more recognised. While there are thousands of ways business owners, HR professionals, and other decision-makers can help employees improve their wellbeing, not all of them are effective.
This brings us to the question: How can business leaders determine which wellness program/strategy best fits their employees’ needs and organisational demands?
Assessment tools are the silver lining that enables organisational executives to measure their teams’ productivity, mental wellbeing, and even level of burnout, among other metrics and design a wellness strategy that aligns well with their company goals and pursuits.
Having realised this a long time ago, Sharon Hudson, a master profiler, trainer, and speaker with broad experience in organisational development and wellbeing, established Talent Tools in 2007 as a one-stop-shop for workplace diagnostic and developmental reports, training resources, accreditation training, and in-house workshops. Based in Brisbane, Australia, the firm has been providing scientifically-validated workplace assessments tools for every stage of the employee life cycle for over ten years now. Today, Talent Tools is recognised as a wholesale provider and certification body for the best available productivity enhancement and workplace wellbeing tools, psychometric instruments and systems. “A large part of any company’s success lies in first understanding its people. Our widely acclaimed, evidence-based resources and tools help businesses consistently improve workplace wellbeing by resolving employee issues that impact their bottom line,” explains Hudson.
A Comprehensive View
Martin Seligman’s PERMAH framework is one of the evidence-based, practical methodologies that Talent Tools leverages to help companies measure, teach, enable, and embed wellbeing approaches that create lasting changes for their workers. The PERMAH survey measures workplace and employee wellbeing that underpins performance based on six main PERMAH wellbeing elements, namely, Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment, and Health, and offers more than 200 small, evidence-based approaches to improve wellbeing in each of the areas. Through the results provided by the survey, businesses can gain an immediate understanding of their current level of wellbeing and receive tips and goals to make small improvements in each area. Talent Tools helps people to improve their relationships at work by giving them the tools they need to create psychological safety, practice compassion, and have more kind conversations with each other. “Our tools support individuals in accomplishing things that matter most to them by cultivating their grit, practicing growth mindsets, and reaching for self-compassion,” affirms Hudson.
Another important assessment tool offered by Talent Tools is the Extended DISC, which is designed to help individuals, teams, and organisations become more successful by providing accurate respondent information and individual suggestions for appropriate style adaptions in a range of workplace environments and circumstances.
Our widely acclaimed, evidence-based resources and tools help businesses resolve employee issues that impact their bottom line and consistently improve workplace wellbeing
It is an online psychometric self-assessment test that identifies the behavioral style of an individual as well as team members, including their motivators, strengths, development areas, and environmental preferences. The results are aggregated into a report that demonstrates an individual’s true strengths and workplace environmental preferences in addition to offering suggestions on improving team cohesion and performance, and much more. “Combining these results with the PERMAH survey results enables us to prescribe tiny habit adaptions that given the person’s natural style will stick and become productive and healthy habits,” mentions Hudson.
Furthermore, with the help of Talent Tools’ Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile (EMP)—which is a cutting-edge assessment tool based on extensive research into the traits, motivations, and skills of entrepreneurs—both individual contributors and leaders, as well as students of entrepreneurship, can assess the degree to which they are utilising an “entrepreneurial mindset.” Available in multiple formats, the research-based, psychometrically-sound instrument gives insight into how an “entrepreneurial mindset” drives growth and productivity and enables individuals and teams to compare their results with entrepreneurs and corporate leaders across all industry segments.
Contributing To a Healthier Overall Culture
Highlighting the factors that set apart Talent Tools in the HR landscape, Hudson says, “At the beginning of every client engagement, we start with what’s called Appreciative Inquiry (AI). We collaborate with the client and stakeholders to get clarity around the positive changes they want to create. We ask if anything has worked in the past and what success they have had to date. This is so we can start from where the organisation is now and build on any past successes.” It’s their journey and hence it’s important that their past success and capability are recognised and encouraged, contributing to the change process. It is a tailored approach—designing and engineering engagement and positive cultural change.
It’s the process of understanding where they are and where they want to be and designing the pathway to get there seamlessly by fitting in with the time and budget constraints that differentiates Talent Tools amongst its peers. Another notable aspect of the firm is Talent Tools doesn’t immediately exit a firm once their collaboration ends. “We are always there in the background. We continue to offer training and coaching services, access to research papers/articles on topics pertaining to Talent Tools and assessments and professional practice,” remarks Hudson.
With decades of leadership experience in organisations of all sizes, Talent Tools’ team works with boards, leadership teams, managers, and employees to help them move beyond their fears, develop their strengths, build psychological safety, and improve their resilience and grit so they can do their best. Its inspiring and dynamic facilitators throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the Asia-Pacific region combine years of real-world business expertise with highly sought academic credentials to design and deliver keynotes, workshops, and long-term programs that deliver lasting changes. “So, if you are an organisation struggling to make a real, measurable difference in people’s wellbeing, so they can feel better and function more effectively at work, we are the partner you are looking for,” concludes Hudson.