SHL Launches Dependability and Safety Assessment for Screening Candidates

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Tool Can Predict Candidates’ Likelihood of Absenteeism, Proneness to Accidents

More than 26,000 candidates have taken the DSI assessment during the research trials, further validating that the DSI is an objective predictor of dependability, absenteeism and potential tardiness.

SHL, the global leader in talent assessment solutions in the workplace, today unveiled the final version of its Dependability and Safety Instrument (DSI) tool, which identifies employees more likely to be unreliable and unsafe in the workplace. The new version identifies five risk levels – from low risk to very high risk – while taking less than 7 minutes for a candidate to complete.

“The DSI offers invaluable information about each potential employee’s accident proneness, likelihood of being involved in a work-related accident and probability of adhering to company policies and procedures. As one part of the overall candidate selection process, it can help companies manage the risks associated with recruitment and identify potentially unreliable candidates before they are hired,” said Dr. Hennie Kriek, president, SHL Americas. “More than 26,000 candidates have taken the DSI assessment during the research trials, further validating that the DSI is an objective predictor of dependability, absenteeism and potential tardiness.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, companies lose approximately 2.8 million workdays each year from unscheduled time off, or absenteeism. Additionally, U.S. businesses pay a staggering $155 billion to $232 billion on workers’ compensation losses annually. Using objective assessments like the DSI is a proactive means of managing and minimizing the costs and risks associated with both future work-related accidents and employee absenteeism. The simple, 5- to 7-minute DSI assessment can be administered online or via telephone, making it ideal for line manager use.

Using a risk rating scale, the Dependability Index can effectively predict a candidate’s focus on customer service, accident rates and attendance rates. This level of screening is particularly suited for the hospitality, retail, call center and telecom sectors, as well as potentially hazardous or high risk professions in the construction, engineering, health care and security sectors.

“We decided to recommend SHL’s Dependability and Safety Instrument as a way for companies to increase the speed and success of their overall hiring process because of the DSI’s proven ability to identify highly reliable and dependable candidates,” Dr. Mark Freeman of Blankenship & Seay Consulting Group stated. “The tool has been checked for robustness across a variety of conditions and industry sectors, and the results indicate that it consistently provides a fair, objective measurement of an employee’s suitability for a particular role.”

More About SHL
SHL Group, the global leader in talent assessment solutions in the workplace, supports organizations in the selection and development of people at all levels and across all sectors.

Operating in more than 50 countries and in more than 30 languages, SHL offers the world’s largest portfolio of assessment tools and delivers innovative approaches to help organizations increase productivity, identify future leaders and gain a competitive advantage through improved people performance. In the last 12 months, SHL has delivered over two million objective assessments.

SHL works with thousands of organizations worldwide, including 80% of the FTSE 100 and 60% of the Fortune 500. For more information, please visit http://www.shl.com.

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Alana Fares
SHL
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