No doubt you’ve heard, or experienced firsthand, companies using personality testing during the recruitment process. Myers-Briggs is a popular one for industries across the world, but if you Google it you’ll see mixed reviews, from articles that claim it can ‘build a strong company culture!’ to others warning not to ‘pigeon-hole your employees’.
At Rusher Rogers we partner with a number of non-profits, that is, values-driven organisations. For NGOs sourcing candidates who only tick the boxes in terms of practical or technical skills is not enough – their values and motivation also need to be aligned.
If you, like us, value values, we recommend the Authentic Happiness Survey which determines your top 5 character strengths. There is a significance in practicing what we preach, and when 2017 brought with it an almost entirely new head office team, we compiled our own results from this survey to reform our company values. These are principles that we can realistically live and work by because they were formed by us collaboratively.
If you’re still a little skeptical, here’s why values-testing can be important for your team:
You may find your results are spot on, or perhaps they’ve wildly missed the mark. The point is, any exercise like this is useful for building your self-awareness. What matters to you in the workplace? What motivates you? Once you understand these, you’ll be better equipped to build relationships, skills and ultimately, your career.
Understanding similarities and differences amongst the team
We’re not all cast from the same mould; any workplace is going to be (and should be!) home to a variety of personalities. Alongside the self-awareness it brings, the Authentic Happiness Survey is an opportunity to become more aware of the personalities you work alongside. Individuals should have freedom and encouragement to work to their strengths and this can be achieved if the wider team understand and acknowledge where their colleagues’ strengths and values lie. Additionally: what motivates them, how do they best communicate and how are they most productive?
Helps your team become outcome focused
Overlooking the shortcomings of others in order to remain ’outcome focused’ is a great way to overcome those minor office frustrations. If you know that your manager can be slack on answering emails, catch them in person or schedule a daily catch-up. If you know that Janet’s top strength is ‘humour and playfulness’, you’ll try keeping things light-hearted when you approach her for a favour; if Abdul’s results see ‘creativity and originality’ as a priority, he could be your best bet for devising ideas on a new project.
Here’s who we are:
Kindness and Generosity
Generous with our time, we are never too busy to assist our colleagues, candidates and clients. We genuinely enjoy helping others and therefore strive to achieve positive outcomes for everyone we help through our work.
Fairness, Equity and Justice
We believe in fairness, equity and justice. This reflects on our excellent candidate care and our approach to recruitment processes. We’re members of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry so we can ensure all we do is compliant with employment laws and regulations.
Honesty, Authenticity, and Genuineness
Honest, authentic and genuine to our clients, our candidates and each other in equal measure.
Judgment, Critical thinking, and Open-Mindedness
Our decisions are backed by industry experience, knowledge and research; our clients can rely on our advice. We examine problems from all sides before we come to important decisions. We’re proactive, not reactive and are open to new ideas for constructive change.
Citizenship, Teamwork, and Loyalty
Citizenship: We specialise in the NGO sector and volunteer our time to a local University pathways programme. Recently, we engaged in a pro-bono partnership with an NGO to help secure employment opportunities for asylum seekers and refugees.
Teamwork: We love to partner with clients to find a recruitment process that best compliments their unique ways of working.
Loyalty: we see loyalty to clients and candidates as key to the success of our business.
By Claudia Bellwood, Temp Consultant, Rusher Rogers
For more musings from Claudia, you can read our blog here.