Assessment software predicts human error through proven personality testing
VANCOUVER, Oct. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - For a limited time, research company TalentClick will be offering free online assessments to help organizations understand the safety risks of their employees. For the month of October, workers can utilize a trial version of TalentClick's unique behavioural assessment tool to identify which personal risk areas they have based on their own preferences and personality, and whether they have higher probabilities of acting safely or not. TalentClick, a firm of Vancouver-based experts in industrial psychology, calls this assessment an individual's Safety Quotient (SQ).
"For years, companies have done a great job of mitigating risk by providing proper equipment and training," said Stephen Race, head of research at TalentClick, "However statistics show that 80 to 90 per cent of workplace incidents are due to human error, and very little attention has been paid to the 'human' element in that safety equation. That's where we come in."
TalentClick's focus on human error and the link to behavioural psychology helps reduce incidents, work stoppages, environmental disasters, road crashes, injuries and death. Race and his team have been able to identify which workers are more likely to act distracted, impulsive, anxious, irritable and so on through their behavioural assessments. They have conducted studies with organizations that have recorded and tracked safety incidents such as near misses, first aid incidents, clinic visits, lost time injuries and equipment damage. Each worker's safety record, when correlated with results from that person's behavioural assessment, has shown significant correlations with safety incidents that employers should not ignore.
Through a recent research study on over 600 employees at a Canadian energy company, TalentClick found impulsive tendencies were linked to personal injuries in front-line workers, irritable tendencies in foremen were linked to crew injuries, and anxious qualities in foremen were linked to crew recordable injuries. TalentClick could then predict that for every 100 people the company hired, if they did not hire candidates who scored in the high-risk range on impulsiveness, they would have eight fewer incidents over an 18 month period. TalentClick's assessments and predictions can help companies prevent hiring individuals who are more likely to cause injuries and lose the company money.
"Companies can hire people and put them all through the same safety training, but a one-size-fits-all approach may not work for everyone," continued Race. "Managers need to understand how each worker will act when nobody is looking, and TalentClick can help predict those behaviours."
To complete your free online assessment, or for more information, please visit www.talentclick.com/sq.
TalentClick specializes in safety-based behavioral psychology, and has worked with companies such as Lafarge, Finning, CN Rail, Kiewit, Ledcor, Canadian Freightways and more. TalentClick's mission is to help reduce injuries, equipment damage, and environmental disasters by focusing on human error. For more information visit www.talentclick.com.
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