Hiring the Best People Using Assessments

Don’t you want to hire the best people, optimize their performance and place them in the right roles?

Your people are what you are building your business on. They handle your customers/clients. They perform the services.

If you hire someone for $40K, pay an additional 20% in taxes and benefits, retain them for 4 years, your total investment in this human asset is $192,000, before you even start to train them or pay a manager to direct them. If you were buying a machine asset for this kind of money, you’d make sure you did your homework, compared brands, saw it in action, got references, found out it’s power needs, optimized its environment, made sure you had the right service oil to maintain it, trained its operator, etc.

Assessments done on your human assets perform the same functions and provide you with similar knowledge and results. I offer 3 different assessments that can help in at least 5 different situations.

  1. When you are hiring and it comes down to 2-3 candidates. Running these assessments can tell you lots about who will work out best in the long run. It’s not the only piece of information you need. But in conjunction with interviews and references, it can really enhance the picture you have of each candidate.
  2. The assessments produce detailed reports on the best ways to train, manage and communicate with your new and existing employees. Why not dovetail into the person’s strengths in their skills, attitudes, learning styles and communication preferences. The assessments are a gift to managers that can help them unlock potential and put people in the right roles.
  3. When individuals understand themselves, they can act with more confidence and self belief. They can pinpoint their needs and goals more easily. When you invest in your employee’s development, they value the company as well because the company is investing in their personal and professional growth.
  4. When placing people on teams, it is best to balance the team with people who have strengths in various areas, for instance, personality, technical skill, communication style, practicality, people skills, big picture thinking. Using assessments gives you the information to balance the team for better results.
  5. When people come to meetings, individuals are always complaining and blaming. ‘Why doesn’t she say anything?’ ‘Why doesn’t he ever shut up?’ ‘How can we get the boss to be less boring?’ ‘How come he’s always harping on the costs?’ ‘How come she always gets so touchy-feely about these small issues?’ When people take the assessments, debrief and share the results, they see that their diverse styles are part of their personalities and not something that requires finding fault or blaming. They come to appreciate the talents they each bring to the table to create a more well rounded perspective. It is the foundation of teamwork, appreciation and respect for other members of the team, which enhances the team’s accomplishments.

Dina KushnirThrough the work we did together, you helped me clarify my vision and broaden my understanding of how to grow in my field. You provided a set of practical tools, steps, and directions towards my goal. You also provided ideas and encouragement for writing my book as well as guidance for the big picture for my personal development and the stages of development for my business.’ Dina Kushnir, Director of Zohar BodyMind Healing

The assessments provide the What, How and Why of how people act they way they do. One test measures 72 attributes needed in the work environment like goal setting, persistence and empathy. Another measures how people act along 4 different continuums, domineering, social interaction, reaction to change, rule following. The third assessment measures why people do what they do, what’s motivating them: money, altruism, learning, individuality or other factors. Knowing this information creates a world of possibilities for communication, change, training, team formation, putting people in the right roles where their strengths are utilized and they are happily engaged because their values are recognized.

We offer organizational assessments that can help the business owner get a clearer picture of what the employees think about the company, based on Malcolm Baldridge qualifications. We also offer culture assessments useful when doing M&A work or creating a culture development strategy.

 

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