Topic 9 allows students to apply concepts to better understand how assessments can be both detrimental and positive to making successful hires and career transitions when used appropriately. HRWD professionals must consider all the consequences that can occur prior to using an assessment. Making the right hiring decisions influences employee morale. Hiring the wrong employee at any level of the organization can be problematic.
Scenario 1: Preparing for a Forklift Assessment
Helen arrived in the United States at the age of 18 as an international exchange student. In her home country of the Czech Republic, she did not have to learn much about the US language and workplace terminologies. Now that she has obtained her first job, she is excited to be working and enjoys the work that she does. There are changes occurring on her job and her supervisor has approached Helen about new training and assessment requirements for he to progress within her career path.
Helen wants to progress but is required to learn the classroom knowledge about operating a forklift, tow motor, and other mobile equipment inside the facility. During her first day of class, Helen realizes that she does not understand anything that the trainer is saying. She does not understand what a triangle is without being shown a picture. She absolutely cannot understand the concept of a stability triangle which is essential to understanding how to operate a forklift. Helen must be able to pass the written assessment about operating a forklift before she will ever be allowed to train to drive one.
- What can the trainer do to help Helen?
- What can the supervisor do to help Helen?
- What can Helen do to help herself?
- In what way(s) does this assessment have the potential to have an adverse impact on Helen?
Scenario 2: Biased Leadership Development Assessments
XYZ Corporation has introduced new hire assessments into their leadership development program. All new leaders must complete the assessment prior to participating in the second stage of the leadership program. No women or minorities have ever made it past the first stage of the leadership development program because there are gender and culturally biased questions on the assessment. Tricia has just been hired as HRD manager to oversee the leadership development program and upon discovering the bias in the assessment, it is her job to inform management, consisting of all white males, about the assessment bias.
- How can Tricia help eliminate assessment bias against women and minority leaders?
- Is it the role of HRD professionals to determine assessment bias?
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