Utilizing the Enneagram to Improve Company Culture

The Enneagram test can help businesses better understand employees, as well as increase communication, ownership, and teamwork.

What is the Enneagram and why do we use it?

The Enneagram is a system of 9 personality types which represents people’s perceptions of themselves and the world around them. It offers insights on a variety of topics, such as people’s motivations, desires, fears, strengths, behavioral patterns, and more. As Blackink IT seeks to provide continued learning and personal growth, Enneagram drives this mission. It is a powerful tool that, when used properly, can help us better understand ourselves and those around us, making it a valuable resource to any organization.

The Enneagram in Organizations

Learning about one’s core motivations and how one tends to perceive situations can offer a lot of insight. So, understanding a type 4’s main motivations – creating an identity and being unique – can allow you to see more of the “why” behind their behaviors and work better together. Understanding the Enneagram is especially important for leaders, as it helps them coach, develop, and communicate better with their team.  

It is essential to keep in mind the unique personality type each person brings to the office when trying to build a strong team. Understanding the Enneagram types can help you place individuals in roles which they will best fit as well as delegate tasks based on their unique strengths and skills.  

How can I use the Enneagram?

The first step to incorporating the Enneagram into your company culture is to have every employee take the RHETI (Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator) test. After all employees have taken the test, you can share everyone’s type with the whole team. To help everyone further understand their own score as well as others’, you can coordinate in-office workshops on the different types and various facets of the Enneagram. This will not only increase appreciation for the diverse personalities in your office but will also help your team understand how to utilize each person’s strengths and find where they best fit.

You can learn more about the Enneagram at the official website, or, if you are curious about how we utilize the Enneagram in our office, please feel free to reach out to us here.

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