Written by: Anne Swenson, HR Coordinator, MidwestHR
Building a cohesive, efficient workforce is the goal of every small business owner. Hiring the right employee is no easy task, not to mention the added pressures that small companies face. In a small company each employee is crucial to the culture and success of your business. So how do you know you have the right person for the job? Consider using a personality test to assist in your employment processes.
Personalities are set. They don’t change over time and usually end up shining through at some point or another, no matter how hidden they may seem. Personality tests provide employers huge amounts of insight on each of their employees. Perhaps you have an employee who you know can become more engaged or produce at a higher level. A personality test can help you crack the code for that individual enabling you to provide new motivations. Knowing your employees’ personalities allows you to fully understanding their unique range of talents and strengths. Setting employees in the right roles and projects from the beginning will set them and your company,up for success, while building a confident and productive workforce at the same time.
Personality tests are also a great way to tell if a new hire will thrive in a certain type of role. The benefit of having new hires take a simple 10 minute test is to ensure the right person is matched to the company as well as the position they are applying for. Many candidates have a great interview style, but might not do well in the position based on the primary job duties while others who don’t interview quite as well might be a perfect match. Tests also pair your business culture with the candidate’s personality to add insight as to whether your company is the right place for that person.
There are many different kinds of personality tests out there, but look for one that focuses on individuals in the workplace. At MidwestHR we recommend using Omnia or DISC and use them in our employment decisions too! These tests are developed and analyzed by psychological professionals and boast an accuracy rate of 93%. They also offer some peace of mind while navigating the employment “jungle”. Keep in mind, the personality test shouldn’t be the only thing taken into consideration while hiring, but should be added to the rest of the information gathered in the process; resumes, interviews, skills set, education, references, etc. Many companies who use personality tests see lower turnover and higher employee satisfaction.
Keep in mind the benefits of personality tests in your next hiring decision and with your current employees. Knowing how individuals will react to tasks, stressors and the office environment will get you three steps ahead and set you up for continued success.
MidwestHR supports growing companies by helping them simplify their business through HR Outsourcing. MidwestHR is a Certified Professional Employer Organization (CPEO) headquartered in the Chicago land area. As a CPEO, we provide business owners, CEO and CFO leaders with relief from dozens of time-consuming HR & employment related functions, while helping protect the business from ever-increasing HR demands and liabilities. In addition, our clients have the ability to offer “Fortune 500 type” benefits, while being able to better control their premiums in the process.
MidwestHR regularly works with all types of businesses, including medical practices, surgery centers, non-profits, professional service firms, technology companies, printing companies, religious organizations, start-ups, manufacturing businesses, trucking companies and financial institutions.