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Mystery Character, We Welcome You to the Cartoon Employee Hall of Fame!

Posted on: May 31st, 2013 | Category: Our Blog

Hooray for Friday! As we all gear up for the weekend, it seems like the perfect time to officially welcome our newest inductee to our Cartoon Employee Hall of Fame. We know the suspense has been killing you, so without further ado:

Drumroll, please…

 

Inspector Gadget!

Cartoon Employee Hall of Fame inducteeThat lovable, bumbling bionic detective from the mid 1980s battled the evil forces of Dr. Claw and M.A.D. with the aid of the various gadgets built right into his body. Who could forget his roller skate feet, extending arms or helicopter hat? More importantly, who could forget his dismal success rate given all those superhuman add-ons? Inspector Gadget never seemed to let his difficulties get him down or dampen his commitment to fighting crime, though. Luckily for him—and the rest of the world as we know it—that he had his clever niece Penny and her dog Brian along with him on his assignments. The two sidekicks never let on that they were actually there to save the day from Gadget’s blunders, mistakes and general goofiness, and they always manage to save the day.

Our HR specialist weighs in: “This was one of my all-time favorite cartoons as a kid,’” says Kelly Coblentz, PHR, myHR Partner’s Director of HR Partnering Services. “But, I would not want him in charge of any team, let alone a workforce team!” Her recommendation: When organizing your workforce into functioning teams, be sure you understand the kinds of personalities, strengths and weaknesses among the players involved. Design your workforce to accentuate individuals’ strengths—and everybody has them.

“We have found the Extended DISC®: Your Behavioral Assessment Tool to be very valuable in employers’ efforts to identify common behavioral styles, manage more effective work interaction and better motivate people,” Kelly says. “You can really set your employees up to succeed if you know how to situate them within their function in your organization. It can improve productivity and job satisfaction at the same time.”

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