Mike Moreau
May 27, 2016

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Businesses are all about people. The most successful businesses not only hire the right staff but provide them with the conditions they need to succeed. As employees progress in their roles, they will take on new responsibilities and be faced with new challenges. Businesses that recognize the shifting conditions under which their staff work, and provide tools to help them adapt, are best positioned to succeed in the long run.

Consider these techniques to evaluate staff at all levels of your organization:

Pre-Employment Testing

Regardless of the role, it is important to hire the right candidate for the job. Every organization has metrics for deciding what success will look like in a position. Once the scope of a role is defined it is important to find ways to match candidate qualities to the job description. Pre‐employment testing gives managers insight into how a candidate’s personality will impact their work. It is also important that a new employee fit in within the team. Pre-employment testing tools can help management to understand if there is a personality match with others on the team.

Employee Assessment Tools

Poor communication can be a costly anchor to the productivity of teams. Often, the most important employee assessment tools are ones that measure individual communication styles. Individuals who understand how they communicate can then begin to know how others communicate and build plans to work more effectively within a team. Employee assessment tools for communication usually involve a questionnaire, and followed by group training to understand the best ways to work together.

Leadership Training Workshops

Good leaders are able to get the most out of their staff. Problems in a team can often be traced back to managers. However, it can be difficult to recognize these issues since there is often no one above a leader to point out areas that might be improved. Leadership training workshops provide an opportunity for managers to reflect on their management style while receiving advice from third party experts. Leadership training workshops are important tools for managers, as it is often the only opportunity they have to get feedback on their behavior.

There are a number of tools available today which can provide important insight into personality and behavior for staff at every level. Understanding how teams work best together is critical to ensuring business success.