Chapter 10 Assessing Internal Candidates Jans

Chapter 10 Assessing Internal Candidates Jans - Chapter 10...

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Chapter 10 Assessing Internal Candidates Internal assessment is the evaluation of a firm’s current employees for training, reassignment, promotion, or dismissal purposes. (pg. 273) Internal assessment enhances a firm’s workforce capabilities and better aligns employees’ competencies with the firm’s business strategy. (pg. 273) Evaluates employees’ fit with other jobs (pg. 273) Despite the fact that internal assessment is such a critical staffing function, many companies do internal staffing very poorly. Because employees are “known,” their managers and organizations often mistakenly assume the employees do not need to be systematically and deliberately assessed. (pg. 273) Informs downsizing decisions (pg. 273) The Firm’s Internal Assessment Goals Assessment goals (pg. 273) o Maximize fit o Accurate assessment o Maximize return on investment o Positive stakeholder reactions o Support talent philosophy and HR strategy o Establish and reinforce HR strategy and employer image o Identify employees’ development needs o Assessing ethically o Legal compliance Internal assessment can serve three additional purposes: o evaluating employees’ fit with the firm’s other jobs, (pg. 274) o assessing employees to enhance the firm’s strategic capabilities, (pg. 274) o gathering information with which to make downsizing decisions. (pg. 274) Evaluating Employees’ Fit with Other Jobs Assessing employees’ competencies to determine their fit with the requirements of other jobs in the company is one of the most common uses of internal assessment. When an employer wants to be considered for another position or for a promotion, he or she is typically evaluated against the company’s values and requirements for the position compared to other applicants. (pg. 274) Enhancing the Firm’s Strategic Capabilities Aligning a firm’s talent with its vision, goals, and business strategy positions the firm to compete effectively and win in the marketplace. To be able to plan and prepare for its future business needs, a company needs to assess its current employees with an eye toward the future. This includes their ability and willingness to learn and adapt to new situations. (pg. 274) In addition, a company cannot know what training to offer employees unless it first assesses their strengths and weaknesses. (pg. 274) To determine who these people would be and to develop their skills, the firm conducted an internal talent assessment by presenting future-oriented simulations in an assessment center. The development planning and coaching enhanced participants’ capabilities and improved the company’s ability to execute its new strategy. (pg. 274)
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After a firm assesses its employees, underperforming employees with low potential are typically transitioned out of the company. Good employees who lack promotional opportunities are assisted in terms of improving their motivation and performance. High- potential employees are identified for further development and are prepared for
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