Everyone works differently. This is because working styles are correlated with personality. Personality assessments have recently become popular in organizations because they are known to reveal a lot about leadership and communication preferences. The DISC personality assessment specifically does a great job at identifying behavioral styles for different employees. Each person is scored on four personality traits: dominance, influence, steadiness, and compliance. It’s a free and easy assessment that anyone can take.
Personality tests in the workplace have gotten a bad reputation mostly because historically, hiring managers would use personality tests as a strong indicator of whether or not someone is hired. Recruiting solely based on personality tests is not the way they should be used; they should mostly be used for current employees. When applied correctly, personality tests can be a great way to increase team cohesion and improve communication within groups. And these tests don’t have to be complex - actually, the easier the better. Because they should really only be a guide or indicator rather than a full breakdown of every single person’s personality. I’ve found that the DISC personality assessment is a perfect example of a simple yet effective method in gauging working styles and preferences.
The DISC assessment breaks down each person by four traits:
Each person is scored based on a blend of the four traits after filling out a questionnaire. By taking this assessment, we are able to understand ourselves and others. It helps you identify your priorities and working style, and helps you build more effective relationships with your colleagues. Because once you can understand how others work and what they value based on their DISC score, you can maximize each person’s potential.
You can learn more about the DISC personality test here. I recommend everyone give it a try.
Recently, we have seen how 76,000 prisoners are going to be prematurely released to help with the spread of Covid the prisons. However, not many of us know the status of which prisoners are being released. Dana Simas, CDCR spokesperson, says that "'The goal is to increase incentives for the incarcerated population to practice good behavior and follow the rules while serving their time, and participate in rehabilitative and educational programs, which will lead to safer prisons (Itchon, 2021).'" While this can help prevent the spread of Covid and create a safer environment within the prisons, this act can have either a positive or negative impact on society.
During this time everyone has experienced heightened anxiety. Covid has created an environment where no one feels safe to be outside while simultaneously having to worry about how they are going to pay their bills and every other responsibility they had before the pandemic. The world did not stop, but the pandemic made it more difficult for some people to work to earn their living. With that being said, some families that had family members in prison feared for their safety. While some prisoners were fortunate enough to be released, they are entering a world that is totally different from when they were locked up. Not only do prisoners have the anxiety of fitting into the new society, but they also have the new anxiety of relearning how. to live n a society that i going through a pandemic. "With shelter-in-place, closed businesses, and the economic downturn, it can be especially stressful for former inmates (and relatives) in thinking about how they will mange financially (Piel, 2020)."
Not only do we have the mental health aspect of this situation but there are certain risks to consider. There's the risk of substance abuse which is the result of "poor social support, medical comorbidities, and inadequate economic resources (Piel, 2020)." It is not common for those who were formerly incarcerated to fall into old habits due to lack of resources or social support. Following this issue is the risk of suicide because with the lack of any support, one can feel helpless and can see suicide as the easiest way out. the pandemic has been hard on everyone, but for those who are being released, most of them have to start from the ground up. "[R]esearch has demonstrated that suicide rates—even in the absence of a pandemic or other disaster—are higher among all classes of people with criminal justice involvement than the general population, including those transitioning from incarceration to life in the community (Piel, 2020)." One can only imagine what transitioning from prison back into the real world, especially one that has completely changed due to a pandemic, can be like.
There is a lot to consider with this sudden release of prisoners. It is hard to wrap our heads around whether this will have a positive or negative aspect on our society. Research shows that those who are formerly incarcerated need more support from society, but is society willing to lend that helping hand? Are there ways we can help ease the anxieties of those entering a new society after being locked up while simultaneously easing the anxieties of those who fear what is to come with the pandemic?
Itchon, R. (2021, May 11). Early release for 76,000 California inmates. Pacific Research Institute. https://www.pacificresearch.org/early-release-for-76000-california-inmates/.
Piel, Jennifer. (2020). Letter to the Editor—Behavioral Health Implications of Inmate Release During COVID‐19. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 65(4), 1379-1381.
Warning: This article contains descriptions of sexual assault.
The truth about consent is that it can change. Someone can give consent, but can revoke it any time they start to feel uncomfortable or unsafe. This is what happened in the case of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer, who has recently been accused of assaulting a woman during their relationship. What started off as consensual encounters ended in violence. What this case highlights is the complexity of consent and how sexual misconduct can occur anytime regardless of whether or not consent was given in the first place.
According to the woman, Bauer strangled and punched her during intercourse on two separate occasions. And because it happened more than once, many criticize and wonder why she agreed to see him again. But it’s much more complex than that. Some may consent to BDSM and rough sex at first, but if they start to feel uncomfortable or unsafe, they have the right to refuse at any time. Additionally, it’s common for women to consent to unwanted sex. In one study, researchers studied the relationships of college women and whether or not they would consent to unwanted sex with their partners. They found that the main reason why a woman would consent to unwanted sex is because they feared their partner would lose interest and leave them. Others believed that sex was a relationship obligation (Impett & Peplau, 2003). We don’t know for sure if the woman in Bauer’s case felt this way, but we do know that consent is not as clear-cut as we think.
For a while, laws about consent and sexual assault were not favorable for the victim. They had to prove they actively resisted by yelling out or screaming, and had to have two witnesses testify. Additionally, marital rape laws were not established until recently. Back then, the thought was that married women lost their rights to refuse sex from their husband, and that their husbands couldn’t commit rape in the eyes of the law (Smith, 2001). Today, anyone can be charged with this crime no matter the relationship or situation. The definition of consent has also changed where now, consent must be verbally given throughout the entire process. In the case of Trevor Bauer, the fact that he did not repeatedly ask for her consent should be accounted for.