Should You Be Using Employee Profiling?

May 13, 2015

employee profilingAs a team leader, you likely have superstars that stand out from the rest of the group.

These candidates are usually the most creative, the most efficient and the most talented. It is common for managers to wish that the rest of their employees would be more like these exceptional workers.

While it is not possible to remake each and every individual into your top employee, profiling allows your team members to self-assess their performance as well as compare it to that of their colleagues. It also helps you to set a standard for hiring new applicants.

What is Employee Profiling?

Employee profiling involves selecting the top performers in your organisation, and assessing them in terms of their job performance. The actual tests can vary within companies and departments, but it essentially looks at scores of workers to see what areas they excel in. Then, the scores from the performance assessments are tallied up, and shared with managers and/or employees.

Benefits of Employee Profiling for Companies

There are a vast number of benefits of employee profiling for companies, such as:

Selecting Top Candidates – Some bosses clearly know who their top workers are, while others have not been able to pinpoint them. Profiling mathematically defines what individuals exceed in what areas, and what others may have weaknesses in. This lets managers sort out the best-performing employees for possible promotions or team leader positions.

Hiring New Employees – Once you have a performance analysis with the scores of your top earners, you will have a benchmark for hiring new candidates. You simply need to give the individuals you are interviewing a test or task to compare their scores to the scores of your superstars. This strategy will help you to hire the best team members.

Promoting Efficiency – Business profiling allows managers to get a deeper understanding of their employees’ skills and behaviours. This knowledge can be put to promoting better efficiency at the workplace. By having access to data that clearly defines which individual excels in which area, the supervisor can reconsider the distribution of jobs and tasks to better match the individuals accomplishing them. For example, if one employee is a fast writer, but makes mistakes, while the other is slower but more detail-oriented, assign one to write copy and the other to proofread. Together, they will make a better team than separately, with one turning in work that is misspelled, and another taking too long to write his part.

While business profiling can provide invaluable knowledge to managers to improve their business practices, it is important to remember that all employees are individuals. It may not be fair, or completely impossible, to expect the work of some individuals to be on par with the work of another, highly gifted or talented person.

Therefore, use the knowledge with discretion, but don’t go overboard and terminate the employment of parties that don’t perform as well as others. Remember that each employee can provide a valuable contribution to your firm.

Many thanks

Stewart Bull

Senior Trainer & Consultant

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