What are Personality Assessments and How Can They Help Your Team?

June 26, 2023

Written by Sandra Reder

Founder and President

Vertical Bridge HR

As businesses continue to expand and evolve, the importance of understanding employee psychology has become increasingly vital. Personality assessments can give us the final green light we need when hiring new talent, or they can help to solidify why a team member hasn’t been meshing with the rest of the team and potentially needs to be let go. It can go deeper than this, personality assessments can help your team understand individual strengths, weaknesses, and team dynamics.

What is a personality assessment? 

Personality assessments have become a popular tool for businesses to understand their employees’ behavioural patterns. Psychological profiling helps to identify individual behaviour traits and how they contribute to the success of a team. This type of understanding can help teams work together more effectively, understand how to delegate tasks, and identify potential conflicts before they arise.

How do they work?

Personality assessments work by collecting data on an individual’s behaviour, motivation, and personality traits. This data is then processed and analyzed, providing managers and team leaders with valuable insights into the employee’s strengths and weaknesses. Utilizing this data, managers can create a team dynamic that will increase productivity while also providing a more pleasant work environment.  It’s important to note that they are not “tests” and there are no “right” or “wrong” answers when completing them.

What types of personality assessments are available?

As HR experts and leadership professionals we offer a variety of formats such as:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • DISC Behaviours
  • Driving Forces
  • Functions of a High Performing Team
  • StrengthsfinderMcQuaig 

What are the benefits?

There are many benefits to conducting personality assessments. Firstly, you can develop a more meaningful approach to employee development programs. Secondly, personality assessments help to identify individuals who would be the best fit for particular roles in your organization. This type of understanding ensures that individuals are placed in the positions that best match their skills and strengths, thereby improving both employee satisfaction and productivity.  They can also be used in team building sessions as they are a great way to get people engaged and talking about how they like to communicate and work.

How do they support conflict resolution?

Personality assessments can be used to identify potential conflicts before they arise. When team members understand each other’s strengths they can also understand the challenges each person may face. This understanding leads to a more open and supportive work culture, where team members can address potential conflicts before they arise. This leads to a more productive and positive work environment.

Personality assessments can be a crucial tool in understanding individual strengths, team dynamics, and potential conflicts. At the same time, it should be noted that they are only part of the picture and should be treated accordingly. The use of personality assessments should be coupled with other tools and methods to offer a clearer picture of an employee’s strengths and attributes. Regardless, it comes as no surprise why employers that embrace personality assessments have gained a competitive edge in the market.

Want to begin exploring more about your team?

Imagine having a team that not only excels in their individual roles, but also works seamlessly together. Personality assessments can provide valuable insights into how your employees work and interact with each other, enabling you to build a stronger, more cohesive team with well-rounded talent.

Contact us to schedule a FREE consultation.

About the Author

For over 20 years, Sandra has been a driving force within the human resource community. Her understanding of current HR best practices and trends is extensive, and her desire to ensure that Vertical Bridge is providing innovative programs and services to their clients is what drives her and the business forward. She has worked within a wide range of industries including healthcare, private sector, not-for-profit and public sector.

Over the years she has been privy to information that few employers ever hear directly from their employees. She became aware that many employers do not realize how they are perceived by their employees. That awareness produced Sandra’s strong interest in assisting employers to ensure that they are creating engaging and respectful workplaces. In 2005 Sandra founded Vertical Bridge, a full service HR and recruitment consulting practice.

In late 2014 Sandra identified a need for human resources support within the healthcare sector. She founded HealthBridge HR, offering a variety of HR solutions specifically for health care practitioners providing them with the HR expertise that they would not otherwise have access to.

Sandra is a well-regarded facilitator and speaker on a variety of subjects, including HR Best Practices and Inter-Generational Communication within the Workplace. She is a sought after keynote speaker on the topic of human resources and has presented at numerous association and industry conferences.

She is actively involved with HRMA (the Human Resources Management Association), Sandra has been active on a number of Boards, including EMBERS, a downtown Eastside social enterprise and the Developmental Disabilities Association. Sandra is the past chapter president of the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services and past Chair of the Board of Governors for the Developmental Disabilities Foundation. She also has had the privilege of sitting on the local Chapter Board of Room to Read and she has actively volunteered her time with Covenant House in Vancouver.

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