Employers in many areas
are finding applicant pools sparsely populated if not completely void of the
most desirable candidates because of record low unemployment. Plans for growth
should include flexibility, not suffering. Unfortunately, many corporations
have simply lowered their expectations and hiring standards.
Companies caught in this
predicament should consider the use of skill, attitude, and personality assessments
to measure employee strengths and weaknesses. The information gained from assessment
tools can be used to:
- Assign work responsibilities
to match employee strengths so that more work can be accomplished with fewer
- Assign people to jobs
they like so that turnover, absenteeism, and tardiness are minimized.
- Build models identifying
the personal traits necessary to succeed on specific jobs and hire with that
model to prevent hiring mistakes.