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Strengths at Work :The Path to Engagement

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This groundbreaking training transforms a participants performance. The highly engaging program is designed to empower people and organisations in every aspect. Jane Wundersitz is the Australian Master Trainer and partner with VIA/SMCOV.

Your Strengths at Work: the path to engagement

This is a one-day workshop designed to help you gain a deeper understanding into how character strengths can play a key role in improving employee engagement. You will learn principles that are grounded in scientific research and have been shown to help employees find greater satisfaction in their work, enhance the company culture, and increase employee productivity.

Research shows that employees who used four or more of their top character strengths at work had more positive work experiences and are more likely to experience their work “as a calling” than those employees who used less than four. Engaged employees are involved, enthusiastic and further their organization’s interests.

This workshop uses the AAA (Aware-Align-Appreciate) Model as a framework to guide you through practical strategies on how employees can come to know their unique character strengths and use those strengths to make better progress on their goals and find greater fulfillment at work.

During this one-day workshop, participants will cover the following VIA content:
The one day workshop includes four modules

Module 1: Building A Case
Module 2: Aware
Module 3: Align
Module 4: Appreciate

Module 1: Building A Case
Engagement vs. Disengagement 

Module 2: Aware
What are Character Strengths? 
The Science of Character Strengths 
24 Character Strengths 
VIA Distinctions 
Signature and Situational Strengths 
Recognizing Strengths in a Colleague 
Overuse vs. Underuse of Strengths 
The Golden Mean 

Module 3: Align
Where Do I Fit Best? 
Individual Differences 
Work as a Calling 
Where to Connect 
The Smart Swarm 
Strengths Collisions 

Module 4: Appreciate
Upward Spiral 
Positive Contagion 
Strengths Spotting

*See the attached pdf for the full agenda

About The VIA® Institute on Character:
The VIA Institute on Character was established in 2001. It was established to advance both the science and practice of character. It's at the heart of a global movement in the focus on positive psychology and is underpinned by the belief that greater potential lies in focusing on what is right about people rather than what is wrong. Its Character Strengths Profiling has already been completed by over 2.6 million people in 193 countries and 18 languages. The VIA Institute has helped educators, practitioners, academics, managers, other professionals, and the general public incorporate strengths into their lives and their work in record numbers. The identification of the 24 Character Strength has been acknowledged as the most important development in the field of psychology in the past half century.

About SMCOV:
It is very exciting to partner with SMCOV, they are experts in global expansion for the training, consulting & coaching industry.

The Co-Chief Operating Officers, Stephan Mardyks and David Covey built and optimised Franklin Covey’s international network which grew to have a presence in 120 countries. Together David and Stephan have over 40 years experience in expanding and growing strong training & coaching brands internationally. Stephan and David commenced SMCOV in 2010 and are committed to helping other content providers achieve the same kind of results for their global network.

Jane Wundersitz
has been appointed as a Master Trainer for Australia. She has been trained and coached by the exceptional Fatima Doman . Fatima is a world renown strengths executive coach and author of Authentic Strengths.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

During this one-day workshop, participants will be able to:



  • Apply a strengths-based report (The VIA Pro or VIA Me) in a work setting, including rationale for a strengths-based perspective and purpose.


  • Help employees improve engagement through knowledge of their own strengths and those of their co-workers.


  • Help a work team discover their strengths and their functioning using the VIA content.


  • Re-frame workplace problems and solutions from a strengths-based perspective.


  • Identify interventions to boost employee engagement, team culture, and team performance.



Who Should Attend:
Individual managers, senior executives to frontline managers and team members.

HOW can it support your Organisation?

1.Staff Engagement
According to Gallup’s report on the State of the Global Workplace: Employee Engagement Insights for Business Leaders Worldwide;

  • 24 percent of Australian adults who work for an employer are engaged.

  • 60 percent are not engaged.

  • 16 percent are actively disengaged.


Research clearly defines the impact as a loss of productivity, wellbeing and a flow onto customer satisfaction. Studies further reveal that only two out of every ten people have the chance to do what they do best at work.

The question for many organisations is how to engage their staff and reclaim the wasted potential in their people and organisations.
The answer is in focusing on strengths. Utilising the VIA Survey participants learn how to apply their strengths at work and in every day life.

Research now points us to the importance of improving levels of engagement.
Statistics show that:

  • Companies with high engagement had 2.6 times higher earnings-per-share growth rate vs. low engagement companies in the same industry.

  • Engagement leads to better performance: 300% to 400% improvement in productivity indicators.


  • Recent Testimonials

    READ THESE and imagine the impact across your organisation.

    'More than met my expectations - the presenter was excellent and the content was very helpful and uplifting in an unexpected way. I gained a more positive outlook on my work and my colleagues.'

    'I gained knowledge about my character strengths and how I can use them in my workplace. It also helped me to understand why I am in the field of work I am in and clarified what I want to do and what I want to achieve. I like that there was a lot of group discussion and everyone was made to feel comfortable.'

    'I have more strengths than what I thought I had.'

    'A+ for the entire thing...really interesting and a fabulous presenter.'

    'The best program for the year. The biggest gain was the realisation that everyone brings something different to the work environment and really tapping into this will be very interesting.'

    'A very useful and positive workshop that would benefit ALL of Uni SA.'

    'Exceeded my expectations. I learnt a lot about my real strengths and not the strengths I thought I had but what I actually have and how they fit with my position. This would definitely strengthen teams.'

    'Opened up new thoughts and possibilities to enhance my working life. I gained the belief that it is up to you to use your strengths at work and to encourage others to use theirs for overall work satisfaction and achievement.'

    'An eye opening experience into my strengths at work. Some items that I thought were too high in my profile when I investigated in depth, did turn out to be core strengths of my personality. Fascinating.'

    'Highly recommended. Gained awareness of my strengths and how to use them at work.'

    Insight into the development of Character Strengths as the backbone of Positive Psychology:

    In 1998, Dr. Neal H. Mayersoncontacted Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman, and conceived the idea of establishing a robust effort to focus social science on exploring what is best about human beings and how we can use those best characteristics to build our best lives. The two decided to launch an effort of unprecedented magnitude to lay the groundwork for this new science of positive psychology.

    Dr. Mayerson created a non-profit organisation which is now known as the VIA Institute on Character. Dr. Seligman orchestrated a diverse collection of scholars and practitioners who took three years and more than a million dollars to complete the development of the VIA Classification of Character Strengths and Virtues and the VIA Surveys for adults and youth.

    IBM Australia example of using VIA in the workplace:


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