Employee Assessments Are Key to Maximizing Talent Management Results

Top Performing Companies Report That 84% of Their Employees Receive a Rating of "Exceeds Expectations" in Their Latest Performance Review

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - April 6, 2010) -  Talent Assessment Strategies, a recent study by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS) reveals organizations still have difficulty evolving pre- and post-hire talent decisions from an art to a science. However, when looking at top performing companies, not only do 67% have a standardized assessment strategy in place to inform those decisions, but 89% have clearly-defined core competencies for each job role. Analysis showed that assessments act as an important decision-making tool by providing real data and measurements and eliminating "gut-feel" conclusions. Furthermore, when this process is tied to carefully identified performance differentiators, or competencies, it can have tremendous results.

According to Mollie Lombardi, Research Analyst with Aberdeen's Human Capital Management practice, "top performing companies know that you need to look much further than just how well an employee performs. You need to consider their behavioral, ethical, and cognitive make-up. Assessments allow you to determine who has that ideal makeup, what role they fit best in, and will give you a means to reasonably predict how well they will perform in the future."

"Competencies give the employer an idea of what they are really assessing for. If you don't know what makes your top performers tick, you won't be able to replicate their success across the organization," said Jayson Saba, Senior Research Associate with Aberdeen's Human Capital Management practice.

By identifying the proven steps adopted by top organizations, this comprehensive guide will serve as a resource for any organization seeking to implement an assessment process that can lead to better decisions and significantly improve quality of hire, employee performance, and ultimately business results.

Aberdeen's report provides more detail about how top performing organizations carry out their assessment strategies in a way that allows for a holistic view of the employee and accurately reflects the needs of the business. Complimentary access to this report is available for a limited time at: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?spid=30410182&cid=6336&camp2.

A complimentary copy of this report is made available due in part by the following underwriters: CPP, First Advantage, Previsor Talent Measurement, and Profiles International. To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit:


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About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

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