Pre-employment Assessment Improves Employee Retention

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Pre-employment assessment improves employee retention

Pre-employment assessments improve employee retention at Lima-area companies

AcuMax client, Vanamatic in Lima, Ohio built their skilled trades workforce from the ground up using the AcuMax Index. Because workers with the right skills were very hard to find in their small community, they hired and trained new employees in the skills they needed for the job. In the beginning, it took years to bring new hires up to the skill level they needed. Using AcuMax to choose candidates with the right wiring has cut the training period to 18 months.

Because of Vananatic’s success, the Allen Economic Development Group now uses the AcuMax Index as part of the “talent pipeline program in Lima, Ohio.

Lima area organizations using the AcuMax Index were featured recently in a LimaOhio.com article. The follow is an excerpt.Pre-employment assessment improves employee retention

Talent Pipeline

Man on Computer Personality TestOhio Means Jobs Allen County and the Allen Economic Development Group heard about the assessment through Scott Wiltsie, human resources manager at Vanamatic, and have implemented it as part of the “talent pipeline” program through LINK Lima/Allen County.

“Vanamatic’s retention rates are around 85 percent, which was very impressive to us because industry-wide it’s in the high 50s, low 60s,” Patton said.

The program is through LINK Lima, an employer-driven framework intended to help local businesses succeed. It launched July 1 to prepare local job seekers for careers in manufacturing.

Employers are often looking for candidates who will stay in a position and be loyal to the company.

“The hope is that the AcuMax Index will be able to significantly improve employee retention by ensuring that an employee is matched to a job that aligns with how they are wired,” said Doug Arthur, director of the Allen Economic Development Group Workforce Vision. “The retention problem is huge, and we are making the assumption that part of the retention problem is that somebody isn’t matched with the right job. … A good match has got to have an impact on retention.”

The personality assessment is just one part of the preparation, which also includes a drug test, background check, help getting daycare and transportation if needed, the use of a career coach to help support the person through the process and more.

Without this assessment, the program would be “lacking the fit for the job,” Patton said. “This really helps get them in the right position.”

Jevon Towles went through the program and did the assessment, one of 12 job seekers so far to be in the program.

“I have never gone through anything like this before and feel it was very helpful,” Towles said of the assessment, in a statement. “It showed me how to best interact with others, especially my potential coworkers and supervisors.”

Towles and others who have gone through the program and assessment, “just love” it, said Paula Siebeneck, Workforce Development Supervisor at Ohio Means Jobs Allen County.

“They’re not surprised about their results. They see how they fit into that,” she said. “I think it’s the interaction of how others see them.”

Resolve Conflict

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AcuMax Key to resolving conflict in the family business.

“…helped us to figure out why we were always fighting…it was just that we are wired differently…it helped us to be more respectful and understand each other.”

Murray Percival, III, General Manager of the Murray Percival Company discusses how AcuMax has been the key to resolve conflict in the family business.

“We are a family owned business, we have lots of personalities, and we are all very different. Using the AcuMax Index has helped us to understand each other a bit better. It helped us to figure out that we  weren’t always fighting each other, we are just wired differently. That helped us to be more respectful of each other’s opinions and get along a little bit better.

We’ve used other solutions in the past. AcuMax has been simpler. We’ve found in more situations that we get the “lightbulb” to go on a little bit easier. We are utilizing what we’ve learned. It’s easier for people to bring it into everyday situations, and to apply it in their everyday life.

I have definitely used AcuMax in my personal life. I am recently married. My wife and I are complete opposites. Our AcuMax B Drivers are very different. She is an external thinker, and I’m an internal thinker. I can sit and listen to her talk for upwards of 5 minutes, and that’s okay. That works for us because she is actually thinking through the problem, or what we’re going through, and I’m listening. I don’t necessarily have to respond. In most cases that’s okay with her. She just needs to get it all out.”

To learn more about how the AcuMax Index® can help your organization to identify and match highly-motivated candidates with the perfect employment position, we invite you to Contact Us or call us today at 844-228-6291.

The AcuMax Index is helping organizations of all sizes to hire with confidence, dramatically increasing retention and improving performance.

Business Coaching Tool

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Ellen Patnaude AcuMax Business Coaching

“…very simple and easy to understand, easy to use tool…allowed me to work with business owners in a different way.”

Ellen Patnaude, Business Coach, describes how she uses AcuMax to benefit her clients.

“I was looking for a tool that I could use with clients to help me understand them better so that I would be more effective in my coaching of them. AcuMax is a very simple and easy to understand, easy to use tool, and so having it as part of my practice has allowed me to work with business owners in a different way. It’s allowed me to take my coaching with them to a different level, because I’m able to not only relate to them around the matters of their business, but I’m able to talk with them around changes they might want to consider making based on adjustments they make to aspects of their profile, and how that plays out in their day to day work and their business. I’ve recommended it to a number of small companies that I work with, I’ve also recommended it to my own parent brand to consider taking it on as our formal assessment in place of DISC. I continue to recommend it to different companies as the opportunity arises.” [divider style=”default” color=”#E7E7E7″] To learn more about how the AcuMax Index® can help your organization to identify and match highly-motivated candidates with the perfect employment position, we invite you to Contact Us or call us today at 844-228-6291. The AcuMax Index is helping organizations of all sizes to hire with confidence, dramatically increasing retention and improving performance.

Effective Organization

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“…communication within the organization has improved significantly. That translates down to a more effective organization…the right people in the right positions…”

Richard Siem, Executive Vice President of Michigan Petroleum Technologies, explains how using AcuMax has significantly improved organizational effectiveness.

“Since we started using AcuMax, communication within the organization has improved significantly. That translates into a more effective organization. People really look to communicate more because AcuMax has facilitated that, and that communication has translated into, ultimately, improved company performance. We have also used it to ensure that we have the right people in the right positions. Many times, our delivery people are required to make changes throughout the day based on customer emergencies, so we need to make sure that we have people in those positions that can effectively manage change as needed. Some of the other psychometric tools that we’ve looked at are very cumbersome. They operate at, what I consider to be, a very high level, not easily translatable to the general population within the company. AcuMax is a very clear system. It’s easily understood. The words that are used to describe people’s profiles, as well as some of the coaching tips and things like that are very practical, very understandable, and easy to apply.” [divider style=”default” color=”#E7E7E7″] To learn more about how the AcuMax Index® can help your organization to identify and match highly-motivated candidates with the perfect employment position, we invite you to Contact Us or call us today at 844-228-6291. The AcuMax Index is helping organizations of all sizes to hire with confidence, dramatically increasing retention and improving performance.

Better Bottom Line

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Will Wallace AcuMax Better Bottom Line

“It’s a fast-paced environment…now that we have the right people in the key spots, everything has improved.”

 

Will Wallace, Manager at SAT Plating, describes how having the right people in key positions has helped the bottom line.

“We’re a manufacturing company, it’s a fast-paced environment on the work floor. You try and get through as much as you can. If there are hold-ups, there are inefficiencies, that slows down your production, it slows down revenue and your bottom line. Since using the AcuMax survey, we are absolutely hiring better people for our available positions – 100%. Now that we have some of the right people in the key spots, everything has improved. Using the AcuMax survey makes you more self-aware as a person. That’s one of the best qualities that someone can have. It’s not only about having the exact right profile for a certain position; as a manager or leader, being self-aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and being aware of the strengths and weaknesses of those around you helps your organization.” [divider style=”default” color=”#E7E7E7″] To learn more about how the AcuMax Index® can help your organization to identify and match highly-motivated candidates with the perfect employment position, we invite you to Contact Us or call us today at 844-228-6291. The AcuMax Index is helping organizations of all sizes to hire with confidence, dramatically increasing retention and improving performance.

Accurate New Hire Fit

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Melissa Hattle

“…all the candidates that matched the position profiles have been great fits…it’s been the most successful test we’ve used yet.”

Melissa Hattle, Human Resources Generalist and Recruiter for the Orlans Group explains how her company has used AcuMax to accurately assess new hire fit for positions.

“Before we tried AcuMax we had tried several different pre-screening tests for candidates. None of them seemed to be very accurate. Since we’ve been using AcuMax, all the candidates that matched the position profiles have been great fits for the positions. It’s been the most successful test we’ve used yet.

AcuMax has helped us to communicate more effectively between management and the employees.
Ever since I took the AcuMax it’s been eye opening, confirming and validating of what I already knew about myself. It’s also helped me communicate with others around me, and not just at work but in my daily life. It’s helped me adjust my communication styles to others.”


To learn more about how the AcuMax Index® can help your organization to identify and match highly-motivated candidates with the perfect employment position, we invite you to Contact Us or call us today at 844-228-6291.

The AcuMax Index is helping organizations of all sizes to hire with confidence, dramatically increasing retention and improving performance.

Identify Critical Talent

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Kris Davidson

“…the tool allows me to quickly filter, analyze and recommend…for employee training, development, career pathing, and leadership opportunities…”

Kris Davidson, Talent Specialist, MRM Worldwide Advertising Agency, explains how AcuMax helped improve communication, teamwork and identify critical talent within the organization.

“One of the problems we had as an agency was lack of communication. We we’re hoping that by integrating a self-awareness tool such as AcuMax that it would help bring awareness to the teams and better communication. We noticed that once there was more understanding, we worked better as a team and we also worked better with our clients.

We were looking at an organizational change, and we needed someone who was a High “B” to help us with the change. I can’t quickly think about who may be a High “B”, so the AcuMax IT system allows me to quickly filter and narrow down a short list of candidates. I can then analyze the list and make the best recommendations for training and development, career pathing, and other leadership opportunities for our employees.”

Contact us to learn more of how the AcuMax Index could help your organization and your employees thrive!

Hire Right People

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Matt Marsiglio AcuMax to Hire the Right People

“It costs a lot of money to hire people. It costs even more money to hire a wrong person…AcuMax improved our hiring, coaching and managing.”

Matt Marsiglio, Operations Manager, Flame Heating, Cooling and Electrical explains how AcuMax helps hire the right people.

“We began using AcuMax to help solve the problem of hiring the wrong people. We went through three or four hires to find one good. AcuMax allows us to make sure before we even set up an interview, that we’re interviewing the right candidate. We’ve done the AcuMax with all or our employees and it lets us know how our employees are wired, and how we can best coach and manage them. It allows us to understand how they do things, so instead of just applying one management style for the whole group of people, we are able to also understand how to manage people individually.

I was the speaker at a couple of National Conventions for the heating and cooling  Industry. AcuMax has been part of my presentation both times. Really, if you’re having any struggle hiring people, it costs a lot of money to hire people, it costs even more money to hire a wrong person. AcuMax has helped us. I’ve shared it with several friends in a multitude of businesses, and how it can help them streamline the hiring process to make sure they’re getting the right people on their bus.”

Contact us to learn more of how the AcuMax Index could help your organization and your employees thrive!