Self-assessment is key to better employee performance

Tracking employee skills can be a daunting task, especially when your organization has hundreds or thousands of employees. It can be a challenge at times to gain agreement from that number of people on any given topic, let alone harmonious participation in an organization-wide skills management initiative.

To compound this, there can be hundreds of skills to track, making the overall task unlikely to be achieved effectively by a small group of managers for example.

At Skills Base we find leveraging employees in the collection of skill information through self-evaluation helps to provide more effective assessment by distributing the load and placing a focus on gaining buy-in during the process. One approach is to measure skills objectively by assessing employees on knowledge of a subject through test and examination, etc. However, knowledge does not necessarily equate to ability, and creating examination materials can be cumbersome and expensive.

Making the task somewhat easier is another approach measuring employee skills subjectively through the power of self assessment. However, if left completely unstructured, this method can produce inconsistencies throughout your organization.

Ultimately, our best method for measuring the ability of your employees takes advantage of the benefits that a subjective approach offers, whilst introducing objectivity to the process.

The Skills Base Structured-Subjective™ approach to measuring ability

Our Skills Base Structured-Subjective approach achieves a balance between subjective and objective perspectives to make skill assessments of your employees easy to complete, but with a structure and framework that helps maintain accuracy and consistency. It does this through 7 key components:

  • Utilizing an organization-authored assessment
  • Providing a fixed, structured list of skills with detailed descriptions
  • Grouping skills by job function or organizational structure
  • Providing a fixed, universal numeric rating scheme
  • Specifying the criteria for each rating via a detailed description
  • Conducting an employee self-assessment
  • Performing an additional, supervisor-conducted assessment

Components of the Skills Base Structured-Subjective approach

Through the Skills Base Structured-Subjective™ approach to the measure of ability, organizations and employees have the power to conduct more thorough assessments. These evaluations have the potential to generate structured, meaningful and objective data, empowering organizations to:

  • Detail skills gaps to Identify Staff Training
  • Provide up to date information to deliver efficient Resource Management and Role Assignments
  • Provide employees with clear Progression Pathways
  • Enable quality and measurable Performance Reviews
  • Utilize employee strengths and deliver training to address weaknesses, in turn increasing Staff Retention
  • Increase Employee Satisfaction through engaged, empowered, informed and well trained staff

Skills Base deliver better skill assessments in businesses in the United States, UK and the rest of the world.

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