In 2001, only 2 out of 10 employees did what they do best at work.

In 2015, 5 out of 10 people are building on their strengths.

Employees are driving a strengths revolution in our workplaces.


Unlock the secrets of strengths-based management.
Make your workplace flourish.

It’s clear that a growing number of organizations and managers have prioritized knowing and building the strengths of their employees and are seeing the results. However, employees not fortunate enough to have leaders who understand the value of helping people do more of the things they’re good at and enjoy doing, are taking matters into theirown hands.
The numbers speak for themselves.

  • Despite having neither organizational nor supervisor support for focusing on their strengths, 49% of employees are still able to name their strengths and 26% still find the opportunity to do what they do best each day.

  • 71% of employees who believe their managers can name their strengths feel engaged and energized by their work. These employees are the most likely (61%) to be leaping out of bed in the morning to get to work.

  • For those organizations who are focused on strengths, 77% of their employees report they are flourishing, engaged and able to make things happen at work.


Consequently this new data suggests we’re approaching a tipping point when it comes to the development of strengths in our workplaces.


What’s driving these results?

The right conversations.



I’ll get to the nitty gritty, because I know you want tested and practical ways to bring out the best in yourself and others. Based on research with 1,000 randomly selected employees representative of the American workforce, this report will show you:

  • The impact investing in strengths can have on your employees
  • How you can turn disengaged employees into people who are engaged and energized about what they’re doing
  • What you can do to tap into the appetite your employees already have to use their strengths
  • The one thing the best managers are doing differently that won’t cost you a cent
  • The simple formula organizations who are focused on strengths are applying to ensure success.

Don’t keep guessing.
Unlock the secrets of strengths-based management.
Make your workplace flourish.





Michelle McQuaid is a best-selling author, workplace wellbeing teacher and playful change activator. With more than a decade of senior leadership experience in large organizations around the world, she’s passionate about translating cutting-edge research from positive psychology and neuroscience, into practical strategies for health, happiness, and business success.
An honorary fellow at Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Education, she blogs for Psychology Today, Huffington Post and Live Happy and her work has been featured in Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Boss Magazine, The Age and more.
She holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently completing her PhD in Appreciative Inquiry under the supervision of David Cooperrider.
To learn more about Michelle visit
Based in the USA, the VIA Institute on Character is a nonprofit organization that empowers people worldwide with knowledge of their unique character strengths.
Our mission is to advance the science and the practice of character.
We aim to fill the world with greater virtue—i.e. more wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence. One very important way we do this is by offering our VIA survey free of charge across the globe – and since our inception in 2001, more than 2 million people in 193 countries and 20 languages have taken it.
VIA strengths are being used in classrooms, board rooms, offices, playgrounds, places of worship, clinical settings, homes, sports fields, and many other places. Lives are being improved. Businesses are becoming more successful. Teams are thriving.
For more visit



Unlock the secrets of strengths-based management.
Make your workplace flourish.




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