Employee assessments help you make better personnel decisions by providing consistent, in-depth, objective information on your workforce. Organizations use assessment tools and procedures to help them perform the following human resource functions:
- Selection. Organizations want to be able to identify and hire the best people for the job in a fair and efficient manner. A properly developed assessment tool may provide a way to select successful sales people, concerned customer service representatives, and effective workers in many other occupations.
- Placement. Organizations also want to be able to assign people to the appropriate job (or job) level. For example, an organization may have several managerial positions, each having a different level of responsibility. Assessments may provide information that helps organizations achieve the best fit between employees and jobs.
- Training and development. Tests are used to find out whether employees have mastered training materials. They can help identify those applicants and employees who might benefit from either remedial or advanced training. Information gained from testing can be used to design or modify training programs. Test results also help individuals identify areas in which self-development activities would be useful.
- Promotion. Organizations may use tests to identify employees who possess managerial potential or higher level capabilities so that these employees can be promoted to assume greater duties and responsibilities.
- Career exploration and guidance. Tests are sometimes used to help people make educational and vocational choices. Tests may provide information that helps individuals choose occupations in which they are likely to be successful and satisfied.
- Program evaluation. Tests may provide information which the organization can use to determine whether employees are benefiting from training and development.
Our two favorite and highly recommended assessment resources are:
PROFILE XT – Providing powerful insight and a common language for people to utilize, the Profile XT is a “Total person” assessment. It measures the qualities that make a person productive—Thinking Style, Behavioral Traits and Occupational Interests.
DiSC® – A simple tool that helps people to connect better. The DiSC® model uses four basic styles to describe how people approach their work and relationships – Dominance, Influence, Conscientiousness and Steadiness.
We have HR team members certified in utilizing these assessments. We have found these tools very valuable and you will find we incorporate them in recruiting, coaching, team building, leadership development and training programs that we offer.