The Benefits of Personality Assessments in the Workplace

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Author – AMJ Staffing

 

Personality assessments offer numerous benefits to employers and employees alike. Want to know how?

Here’s a quick overview of how personality assessments can positively influence the workplace.

 

1) You can develop better teams.

Personality assessments are an excellent tool to build well-balanced teams of individuals that work well together. They can provide you with useful insights if you are staffing a new department or trying to find the right fit for an open role.

Also, you can use personality assessments to ensure that your teams are unique and not just full of people with the same strengths, motivators, and weaknesses. People with similar personalities can work well with each other, but also butt heads internally. A diversity of viewpoints and personality types can stimulate creativity and new approaches to problem-solving.

 

2) Personality assessments can be useful tools to help motivate, coach, and manage your employees.

One of the main strengths of most personality assessments is how they can help you better understand your employees – what motivates them, what frustrates them, and how they prefer to learn.

Let’s say you have an employee who you are trying to reward for going above and beyond in their duties. So, at your next employee meeting, you reward them in front of everyone, lauding them in a public place.

This might work for some employees. But it doesn’t work for others. Everyone is motivated differently, and some personalities are not motivated by public recognition. (For more information about why employee recognition is so important, check out this past blog post!)

Whether you are a supervisor, human resources manager, or an engineering manager, you can benefit from the information that personality assessments provide about your employees. You will be able to navigate how to encourage your employees, coach them when needed, and, of course, manage them.

 

3) You can apply them in practical ways for conflict management.

People don’t always play nice with each other. This is something we learned in the playground that carries over into the workplace. Employees may not get along; supervisors may argue with each other.

Conflict management is a common part of our lives. Thankfully, personality assessments can help you to manage conflict in your workplace. Do you have two workers who keep clashing with each other? It’s possible that they have very different personalities – or even very similar ones. Look at their personality assessments for insight on how to address the discontent.

Sharing this information with your employees may help them understand the other person’s point of view.

 

4) Personality assessments can help your employees (and you!) to understand themselves.

The ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, once said: “He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.”

The beauty of personality assessments is that they can help you to know yourself – the good and the bad. You will understand your strengths and your weaknesses, as well as have your eyes opened to things you didn’t know about yourself. After all, understanding yourself is an important part of adapting to the modern workplace and being successful.

This, of course, doesn’t only apply to you as a manager; it will apply to your employees. They’ll be more self-aware, become more introspective, and know what skills to build upon, as well as what weaknesses to work on, in order to grow.

 

How AMJ Staffing Uses Employee Assessments – and the Success We’ve Seen

As we are firm believers in finding the right fit on a cultural level, AMJ Staffing uses assessments like these to prescreen contract and direct hire candidates for our customers. This benefits both our clients and the candidates alike.

The tool we count on is the AcuMax Index, an assessment designed to identify the natural wiring of job candidates and existing employees.

“The AcuMax Index is unique: it is the only assessment that measures and reports on human wiring,” said James “Jay” Hawreluk, the CEO of AcuMax. “During the first 18-24 months of a person’s life, chemicals come together in the brain and create certain neuropathways that never change.”

The AcuMax Index allows organizations to go one step deeper. “We answer why someone is the way they are,” Hawreluk continued. “Wiring tells about a person’s orientation to ideas, how they communicate, how they successfully process thought, show much information they need for decision-making, their preferred work style, etc. Jobs have wiring, too. When you align the two, people are more satisfied, less stressed, and happier in their roles.”

By incorporating the AcuMax Index into our process, we’ve been able to help our clients hire the right candidates and have the tools they need to build better, more effective teams.

If you’re interested in using assessments like these to screen your job candidates, AMJ Staffing is here to help!

 

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