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12 Driving Forces of Employee Engagement: What You Need to Know

Jun 26, 2020 | Engagement, Workplace Culture

12 Driving Forces of Employee Engagement: What You Need to Know

If you’re learning about the employee engagement assessments TeamTalent Consulting has to offer, learning about 12 Driving Forces® is one of the first steps you should take.

Here’s everything you need to know about this assessment, from who created it to how it will help in the workplace and beyond.

Everything you need to know about the “12 Driving Forces” assessment for employee engagement

From the benefits of the assessment to the ways individuals, teams and organizations can benefit from its insights.

  1. What is the 12 Driving Forces assessment for employee engagement?
  2. What exactly are those 12 Driving Forces?
  3. Who created 12 Driving Forces?
  4. How can you use 12 Driving Forces right now?
  5. What’s your next step?

What is the 12 Driving Forces assessment for employee engagement?

12 Driving Forces is an assessment that measures why a person does what they do. It measures the motivation (and strength) behind behaviors, using 6 different motivators.

Those motivators are:

  • Knowledge
  • Utility
  • Surroundings
  • Others
  • Power
  • Methodologies

These 6 motivators are each divided into two distinct sides, measuring each factor. Based on a continuum, these 12 drivers make up a person’s cluster of Driving Forces.

12 Driving Forces of Employee Engagement: What You Need to Know

What exactly are those 12 Driving Forces?

Knowledge is one of six driving motivators of increasing employee engagement.Knowledge
Instinctive/Intellectual

People with an Instinctive Driver use past experience, intuition and real-time research to solve an immediate need.

People with an Intellectual Driver acquire knowledge, discover and find opportunities to learn.

Utility is one of six driving motivators of increasing employee engagement.Utility
Selfless/Resourceful

People with a Selfless Driver invest all of their resources and time into completing tasks, regardless of constrictions.

People with a Resourceful Driver find ways to maximize productivity and focus on getting a return for their time, talent or resources invested.

Surroundings is one of six driving motivators of increasing employee engagement.Surroundings
Objective/Harmonious

People with an Objective Driver creative functionality to produce desired outcomes in their surroundings.

People with a Harmonious Driver create balance in their surroundings while embracing the experience.

Others is one of six driving motivators of increasing employee engagement.Others
Intentional/Altruistic

People with an Intentional Driver form purposeful strategic relationships, and focus on future benefits.<./p>

People with an Altruistic Driver love to respond to people in need, and thrive while working to benefit others.

Power is one of six driving motivators of increasing employee engagement.Power
Collaborative/Commanding

People with a Collaborative Driver contribute to the success of the team, group or organization’s mission.

People with a Commanding Driver believe in controlling their own destiny while advancing their status and position.

Methodologies is one of six driving motivators of increasing employee engagementMethodologies
Receptive/Structured

People with a Receptive Driver challenge the status quo and find new ways to complete routine tasks.

People with a Structured Driver work diligently to advance causes they believe in, while honoring beliefs and traditions.

Who created 12 Driving Forces?

The 12 Driving Forces assessment was created by TTI SI and is based on the original works of Eduard Spranger and his six motivators.

This assessment was created to reveal the why behind the how of DISC. DISC assessments reveal how an individual behaves, and 12 Driving Forces reveals the motivations behind that behavior.

How can you use 12 Driving Forces right now?

If your challenge in the workplace involves people, 12 Driving Forces can help. Here are a few of the ways you can use this assessment.

If your challenge in the workplace involves people, 12 Driving Forces can help. Here are a few ways you can use this assessment.

For those seeking to improve themselves personally, The 12 Driving Forces is an extremely valuable resource to help them determine the why behind their actions. Knowing what motivates you, you will be able to change your approach to your current position, pursue a more fulfilling career, and improve your interpersonal relationships just by increasing your awareness of your motivations.

12 Driving Forces of Employee Engagement: What You Need to Know
Improve work performance.

Assessments provide valuable information to help a person better understand themselves and begin to know what motivates them to get out of bed every morning.

Not only will understanding your motivating drivers help you steer your professional development, it will help you improve your daily performance in your role. For example, if a project is structured around Objective goals, but you have a high Harmonious Driver, you will have a difficult time getting invested in the task at hand. You can either suggest a different approach to the entire project, or work at it in your style with that knowledge in mind.

Are you energized by your work? Are you engaged? The 12 Driving Forces helps you understand why or why not, and then helps you re-engage.

Get an edge with strategic planning.

Every organization needs its workers to be unified in working toward the company plan.

Leadership needs to recognize the differences in their team members. If they want to encourage the development, productivity, and happiness of their teams. Download a sample 12 Driving Forces team report.

12 Driving Forces of Employee Engagement: What You Need to Know

Understanding a person’s comfort zone helps ensure that they are set up to succeed, based on the things that drive that person.

Make hiring make sense.

Being both EEOC and OFCCP compliant, The 12 Driving Forces assessment can be used as part of the selection process.

By fully understanding the motivation behind behavior, your hiring team can get a strong sense of who a candidate is and how they prefer to work. Then, you can see if those patterns and preferences align with the role.

The most popular combination of assessments for hiring purposes combines DISC and The 12 Driving Forces. This package is called Talent Insights and helps explain both the how and the why behind a candidate’s behavior.

Learn more about using assessments in hiring here.

Develop your talent pipeline.

Assessments are an integral tool for organizations looking to promote from within. Understanding what drives a person will help to determine whether or not they may be on a proper career trajectory or currently in a position which keeps them engaged.

12 Driving Forces of Employee Engagement: What You Need to Know

Being able to differentiate between a person’s energizers and stressors can help ensure a person is properly placed on your team.

What’s your next step?

When it comes to using assessments, you have options. If you’re interested in using assessments in your organization, with your team, or for personal development, contact us here. Or, call or text us at (657) 210-0330.

Free eBook!

Download our employee engagement eBook and learn more about what drives your employees into action.

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Guest TTI SI Blog Author: Jaime Faulkner

Jaime believes authenticity and storytelling are the keys to successful marketing. As a graduate from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, she loves finding and connecting narratives. When she’s not at work, she’s psychoanalyzing contestants on The Bachelor, painting, listening to podcasts, or playing tabletop RPGs.

Blog content courtesy of TTI SI.

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