Personality describes a person’s typical orientation to areas such as emotion, time, thinking, etc. It represents a predictable more permanent entity than random behaviour. “ The psychology of personality attends to how individuals resemble each other, and how they differ. Measurement seeks to specify and calibrate these variations. see sample report below.
How is Personality measured:
The PAW (Personality at Work) assesses personality traits that apply specifically to the world of work. The PAW is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and leaves no uncertainty regarding the person’s ‘strong and weak’ points, where they would fit in and the ideal role they would play in the work context. The assessment reveals the social and emotional attributes of the individual with the integrity underlying it.
What is measured:
In contemporary psychology, the Five Factor Model (FFM) represents five broad domains/dimensions of personality describing personality in general, namely:
- Doing and Work Orientation
- Self and Perception Orientation
- Thinking and Styles Orientation
- People and Relations Orientation
- Emotions and Feelings Orientation
The items above and their sub categories are measured through the PAW.
Where Personality assessments is used:
- Selection, promotion and placement
- Training and Development (individual assessment)
- Personality (individual & organization)
- Integrity Intervention – with relevant Integrity instrument
- Clinical and Diagnostic Intervention or legal support
Why measure personality at work? To determine the following factors:
- Primacy of Work
- Time orientation
- Effective Performance
- Role Orientation
- Reliability & Stability
- Thinking styles
- Tough Mindedness
- Practical vs. Theoretical
- Interpersonal Relations
- Co-operative vs. Competitive
- Influencing Others
- Flexibility & Adaptability
- Emotional Control
- Warmth and Supportiveness
Certain roles demand certain personality traits and establishing these prior to employment is vital. Assessing after employment helps establish training and developmental needs.