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3 Strategies to Improve Employee Performance

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3 Best ways to improve staff performance and productivity

The most effective way to improve staff performance is to focus on the quality of individual and group decision-making.

Widespread quality improvements result when employee decision-making is evaluated, trained and developed. 

1.  Commit to improve quality of decision-making company wide

Prioritize strong decision-making skills in order to maximize potential and reduce risks of errors.   

  • Fewer mistakes are made when employees approach problems and decisions with the ability to analyze problems, evaluate options, anticipate consequences and apply numerical data.  
  • Efficiency and productivity will improve because risks can be anticipated and errors reduced.  
  • Analytical approaches can lead to product and systemic improvements.
  • Minimum thinking standards can be set for future hiring and promotions.
  • Objective data can guide how work is assigned; staff development programs can be instituted.
  • Make a commitment to improve quality, develop talent, hire smart.

2.  Integrate thinking metrics into talent spotting and skills development

It is possible to identify the best thinkers, promote wisely, recognize thoughtful approaches to decision-making and to plan for future leadership.

High quality, reliable assessment data is necessary to assess employee potential for development and growth. Thinking skills and mindset typically don’t appear on performance evaluations. They should be. The quality of decisions about customer service, production tolerances, goal setting, risk evaluation, implementation of changes etc directly impact success.

Objective individual and group thinking skills reports are powerful tools.  Analysis about individual employee reasoning strengths and challenges enables managers to objectively match employee skills and talents to job responsibilities. Insights about an employee’s ability to work with numerical data, commitment, desire to learn and professionalism are highly relevant. 

Focus training on decision-making.  Objective thinking metrics enable companies to efficiently target training and professional development programs.  Training that focuses on problem-solving skills directly impacts your company overall success by reducing errors.  Training to improve employee decision-making is valuable for individuals, teams and at the company wide level.  High quality online training offers the ability to target specific areas of weakness and support strengths.

3.  Hire smart: Prescreen for thinking skills

Companies invest in their future when they require hiring people with strong thinking skills. 

Hiring smart is the first step to improving employee performance. Every hiring decision is high stakes.  New hires who are fast learners, strong thinkers and problem-solvers will more quickly be productive. Every unsuccessful employee costs money, time and missed opportunities. Companies typically try to reduce risk by first establishing basic requirements (experience, education and skills). After filtering out those who do not meet standards, they can identify and interview the remaining top talent.

Proactive companies understand the consequences of bad decisions, short-sighted problem solving and erroneous risk assessment.  They don’t waste time and human capital screening mediocre applicants to find the essential skills and mindset. They use prescreening tools for an objective summary of the candidate’s core reasoning skills. They require an evaluation of the candidate’s tendency to make decision making mistakes.  Equally important is an assessment of the mindset attributes and disciplines demonstrated by successful, contributing team members.  

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Impact of improving performance

Good thinkers produce more revenue, anticipate client needs, make fewer errors and drive the growth of your company. 

In summary: proactive companies know that the bottom line is impacted every day by the decisions made by employees at every responsibility.

Data you need to make employees successful

You need reliable objective data to achieve your goal of improving the quality of employee thinking and reasoning.

You need powerful tools to build a strong and effective employee base in which strong reasoning skills are valued and mobilized to maximize profit and products.

INSIGHT solutions for business success include comprehensive training tools and validated assessments used worldwide.

INSIGHT business assessments are calibrated to measure 15 core components of thinking skill & mindset that are required for professional success.

INSIGHT Development Program delivers a comprehensive, effective and well-established approach to strengthening employee decision-making and problem solving. Our clients use INSIGHT Development Program to achieve the goal of better thinking throughout their organization.  An investment in building reasoning capabilities in new hires and current staff pays off in better performance.  The assessment and critical thinking training modules can be integrated into your training programs or can be implemented as new initiative.

We offer premium business testing and employee development solutions, targeted to your specific needs. Our high quality test instruments, automatic online delivery mode, and outstanding customer service make large scale adoptions cost effective. Our reports give you the ability to apply objective metrics to your needs.  Start building your future.  

Contact Insight Assessment for the tools you need to start improving employee job performance and productivity.

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