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Profiles Incorporated

A Strategic Business Partner of Profiles International

Posted by Craig Palmer on September 27, 2022.

Recently I was speaking with one of our new customers and the topic of culture came up.  This young company was having a difficult time defining and articulating theirs. As our discussion continued it became apparent that the people working within this culture, individually, had different definitions of it.

Some thought culture would be defined by having things available like game rooms, saunas and workout facilities. Others thought their office culture is defined by a hybrid work environment versus a mandatory in-office setting. These are all certainly components to “culture” but definitely not the substance that defines it.

Websters Dictionary defines the word from an organizational standpoint as:  A set of shared values, attitudes, BEHAVIORS, goals and practices that characterize an institution or organization.

Focusing on the behavior component of the definition of culture, we ask Why does understanding behavior data matter? Let’s look at 3 key advantages of really understanding behavior data:

It cuts down on mis-hires

So often we focus on the skills and experience of the candidate along with their confidence and charisma. In doing so, we tend to neglect behavior data information to determine how the candidate will fit into the corporate culture. The behavior data that is collected with the Profiles PXT Select assessment will tell you how this individual will actually deliver their skills and experiences to your internal and external customers. In other words, how will the candidate really fit individually into their functional team and the organization? The PXT Select provides 3 key reports to mitigate mis-hires. These reports are shared in the PXT Select attachment and are the Comprehensive Selection Report, Manager/Employee Report and Team Report

Improves 1:1 relationships

Why are you able to work with some of your colleagues seamlessly and working with others feels like pulling teeth? Having access to behavior data really helps everyone understand why individuals do things the way they do. Different perspectives create tension, but having supporting data allows people to mitigate tension and encourages interaction with individuals who have a different perspective. The PXT Select Manager/Employee Report and Coaching Report can really support these 1:1 relationships.

Streamlines team communication

The PXT Select Team Report provides an excellent view to visualize how team members prefer to collaborate while identifying potential communication gaps. In addition, the PXT Select Team Report helps us understand each team member’s individual behavior strengths and assists the leader in delegating roles and responsibilities to those strengths. Page 12 of the Team Report also provides a 1-page snapshot of the team’s average behavior scores. This essentially is a snapshot of the team’s behavior culture.

Profiles, Inc. has been supporting organizations for over 30 years, helping them with their Talent Management requirements. Contact us today to gain access to the PXT Select data which provides a language to discuss your company’s culture as well as its hiring, on-boarding, coaching and development needs.

Author: Craig Palmer

Profiles Incorporated provides personalized consulting to support the assessment results of your employees. We also provide in-depth training for managers to maximize the value of the assessment information and administrative training that allows you to take this information in house.

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