By Diamond Richardson
We are always looking for the perfect fit. We try on clothes before we buy them because clothes that fit look better. We pay to get rings resized in the name of the perfect fit. We even look for fit in our relationships; most of us like to build relationships with people who are compatible with us in some way. Since we take such care to find the perfect fit in many parts of our lives, shouldn’t we take the same approach in hiring to make sure candidates fit open positions?
Job fit is about more than just finding someone who has the necessary technical skills to do the job. A lack of technical skills is rarely the primary reason someone fails at a job. Job fit encompasses technical skills as well as a person’s reasoning ability, their behavioral traits, and interests. Even when you identify an employee that is perfect for a particular job, interests and reasoning skills can change over time. This means another available job at your company could be the right move for an employee who no longer fits his or her current position.
It is not easy to identify employees who are up for a job change. Managers oversee numerous employees, and are often consumed by just making sure everything gets done. Employees themselves often do not realize the problem is a job-fit problem. Although it can be hard, here are a few indicators to help you identify when it is time for an employee to make a job move:
1. The employee’s performance quality has decreased drastically. If you notice that a once stellar employee has been producing less quality work, it may be a sign that he or she needs a change. It is clear that the employee has the ability to be a star performer. Identify a job that will challenge him or her. Hopefully, the change of pace will be just what the employee needs to return to their previous level of engagement and work quality.
2. The employee has an updated skill set. Many employees go back to school or seek certifications to keep themselves marketable or to switch careers completely. Instead of losing your employees to other companies once they receive more education, identify open positions you have that will match their new skill sets.
3. The employee seems bored. If you have an employee who is still doing adequate work but just seems bored, this is a sign that a job-fit problem exists. Boredom can be seen through an inability to pay attention in meetings, lack of new ideas or a general lack of interest in company news. People prefer to be in jobs that excite and push them. Boredom is the first sign of a string of other problems, including disengagement and poor work quality. Stop the downward trend before it gets too bad by placing the employee in a new job that challenges them.
Hopefully you have been able to identify employees whose skills would be better utilized in a new job! Now you have to determine what those new jobs should be. Job fit assessments, like the ProfileXT® are a great tool for this. It makes the selection process objective, and is based on the employee’s thinking style, behavioral traits, and occupational interests.
Do you have any other indicators that it may be time for a job switch?