Learning goals for this aptitude

– Understand why inspire is important to talent optimization. – Be able to list and describe the four steps associated with the inspire aptitude. – Use the associated maturity model to identify an organization’s level of maturity for the inspire aptitude.   Inspire is part three of the four-part talent optimization framework. Inspire includes important employee-oriented activities ranging from career pathing to maintaining organizational culture. Inspire also includes enhancing that critical relationship between an employee and their direct manager.

Why inspire is important to talent optimization

In most organizations, employees lack the necessary people data insights to work together at their best. Without that data, employees don’t have critical awareness regarding their workplace behaviors. This means they inadvertently create communication problems, conflict, and even organizational toxicity. Using a talent optimization approach, employees are given the data and insights they need to manage themselves—and their relationships with others in the organization.

The inspire aptitude is composed of four activities

Inspire in Action | Formstack

Formstack, a workplace productivity platform, helps businesses improve productivity, engagement, and communication with its powerful data collection and automation processes–helping customers reduce data chaos and solve business problems. 

Though founded in Indiana, Formstack is a remote-first company and employs over 200 employees around the world. Since 2013 the company has grown by 7x, and while inherently positive, Formstack’s rapidly growing workforce presented some challenges.

The exponential growth also required Formstack’s leadership to navigate shifting team structures and new manager-employee relationships—tricky situations to navigate in a typical work environment, let alone a remote one. 

Knowing how integral a strong culture is for business success and already using behavioral and cognitive assessments to collect people data for hiring, the Formstack team began to empower managers with the data they’d collected. 

From there, they held working sessions with managers to help them understand how best to use the people data to foster stronger employee engagement and helped them gain an understanding of exactly how each employee was wired to think and act at work.

By empowering managers with the tools they needed to “take the guesswork out of building relationships,” Formstack created more productive teams that communicate better—no matter how many miles separate them.