Competencies are a powerful tool in the workplace because they relate directly to observable behavior, give managers and staff a common language and provide a way to express goals, culture and values in terms of the behavior expected of employees
London (PRWEB) September 15, 2007
Dr. Dave Bartram will present his unique approach to effective prediction of job performance to Industrial & Organizational Psychologists and members of the Metropolitan New York Association for Applied Psychology (METRO) in New York on September 18. Dr. Dave Bartram, is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and President of the International Association of Applied Psychology’s Division on measurement and assessment.
Dr. Bartram is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and President of the International Association of Applied Psychology’s Division on measurement and assessment. He is Research Director at SHL, a leading provider of psychometric assessment and development solutions, and also Special Professor in Occupational Psychology and Measurement at the University of Nottingham, UK. Dr. Bartram will present his unique approach to effective prediction of job performance to Industrial & Organizational Psychologists and members of the Metropolitan New York Association for Applied Psychology (METRO) in New York on September 18.
SHL clients have been successfully applying SHL ability tests and personality instruments to predict work place performance around the world for over thirty years. For the past eight years, Dave Bartram has led the development of SHL’s competency framework to provide a new structure for relating the world of performance at work to that of psychological constructs. This framework underpins the approach used by SHL to develop objective measurement tools to assist companies such as Krispy-Kreme Doughnuts, Air Canada and American Express to identify and predict those critical behaviors that their employees need to exhibit to thrive in their jobs.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, for example, wanted to recruit staff for its stores that would fit the organization’s culture while maintaining sales levels. By introducing SHL competencies and tools into the recruitment process, Krispy Kreme was able to reduce the rate of unsuccessful hires by 50 per cent and bring management attrition to under 10 per cent.
Dave Bartram discusses the intricacies of introducing competencies, breaking it down into its component parts and providing the key to more successful prediction of job performance. A common set of work-place behaviors, or competencies are used to describe performance of a well-defined role. Predicting performance, by measuring competency potential, involves the use of Ability tests and measures of Motivation and Personality.
"Competencies are a powerful tool in the workplace because they relate directly to observable behavior, give managers and staff a common language and provide a way to express goals, culture and values in terms of the behavior expected of employees" says Dave Bartram.
While the Human Resources industry is familiar with the application of ability testing and personality questionnaires to predict performance in the workplace, Dave Bartram’s new approach ensures that prediction is based on a combination of the two. The approach is flexible and can be applied to all roles in all organizations.
"I am looking forward to sharing the results of our research and development work in this area with Industrial / Organizational Psychologists at the METRO event. What we are arguing is that we need to turn on its head the traditional approach of seeking out performance measures that happen to correlate with traditional assessment tools by adopting an approach where we seek out assessment tools that correlate with the performance measures we need to predict, thus enhancing the prediction of performance in the workplace" explains Dave.
New York’s METRO group was formed in 1939 and is the oldest and largest local professional association of applied psychologists in the U.S. METRO has paved the way for similar groups forming to educate members and promote and maintain high standards among professionals in the applied psychology field. For more information on METRO or to attend the meeting, visit http://www.metroapppsych.com.
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About SHL Group Limited
SHL is a world-leading provider of psychometric assessment and development solutions. The company supports organizations in the selection, recruitment, promotion, succession planning and development of talented people at all levels and across all sectors. Operating in 40 countries and more than 30 languages, the SHL Group devises innovative approaches to help organizations increase productivity and gain competitive advantage through the more effective use of their human capital. SHL has over 15,500 organizations as clients, including many of the Global and Times Top 1000, and is recognized as the foremost provider of objective assessment products in the world. For more information please visit http://www.shl.com.
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