Self-awareness is crucial to career development and team culture. Understanding how you operate, recognizing what gets your gears turning and learning how you really handle conflict can significantly improve how you work with colleagues and handle situations.

Sure, you may already have an inherent idea of what your strengths and weaknesses are. But taking a personality test (in an unbiased way) opens your eyes to a fresh perspective and sheds light on qualities you haven’t found the words to describe and maybe even qualities you’ve denied having. It’s pretty enlightening.

There are myriad assessments out there: Enneagram, Myers-Briggs, the 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire. The list goes on and on.

Our favorite? The DISC assessment. Developed by psychologist William Moulton Marston, this “test” examines how an individual ranks in the four areas of behavior – Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness.

Organizations that utilize DISC benefit from improved communication, more effective meetings, less conflict, more collaboration, greater productivity, and better results. Whether you’re looking to learn more about yourself or develop leaders or work on conflict management, DISC can be incredibly useful.

When it comes to hiring for your business, personality tests are essential to understanding fit. These assessments won’t glean significant insight into quality of work or job performance, but they will show work ethic and strengths, as well as challenges and fears.

It could help with what team an employee is placed on based on leadership or how you approach the onboarding process. If you find they’re a social butterfly, it could help determine where their desk is placed to ensure a conducive and effective work environment – in this case, probably not next to the kitchen.

Now, we want to be clear: The DISC and other personality assessments don’t offer a full representation in understanding a potential or current employee. There are many nuances to consider that come with being human, but it’s a good place to start.HRinMotion can help you integrate DISC assessments into your HR processes.