Recently, a senior talent leader and I were discussing how certain employees are asked by leaders to join teams based on the employee’s reputation from past work. Unlike some other employees, these employees are always in demand for the contributions they make. We described this quality as magnetism. I’ve had similar discussions with other talent professionals over the years and experienced the phenomenon myself as a business leader for major companies.
This time, however, it got me thinking about how to get ahead of the game by creating a magnetic workforce staffed overwhelmingly by employees with this winning quality. And why not? It is easily possible to measure the attributes of magnetic employees and their behaviors and to build a recruiting program that will identify them. We are easily able to do this with other high performing employees, including senior leaders, and the approach is well established.
We would use the Bizet Asset Management Job Activity Rating behavioral job profile to identify the behaviors which these employees exhibit. We would then confirm the assessment results in focus groups with these employees. Then, we would use the Bizet Activtiy Vector Analysis Assessment to screen prospective job candidates for these behaviors. Those whose behaviors correlate well with the behavioral profile would be added to the candidate pool of potential hires.