A heated debate is brewing within ITV according to press reports as the new head of ITV, Adam Crozier, is insisting that all of his 150 most senior staff undergo ability and aptitude tests to asses their skills in areas of decision making.
The point of contention appears to be the widespread reaction to being ‘subjected’ to what they are calling “psychobabble”, claiming that psychometric tests offer no help in making good television.
However – we would clearly disagree. Whilst psychometric testing can confirm certain aptitudes it can also identify as yet undiscovered aptitudes.
An existing client recently gave the McQuaig System test to its employees including sales support staff and the marketing staff. The results produced some surprising results in that the existing Marketing Manager was in fact better suited to a sales function. This was due to her communications skills and aptitude towards taking risks and striving to be a leader.
Moreover, by giving this member of staff greater responsibility, she will thrive within the organisation. This would not have been identified by the company had she not undergone an aptitude test. She can now utilize this throughout her career to aid her self-development and help her employers benefit from her development.
For many, the thought of being tested in this way can be daunting. Certain questions are apparently being asked such as how sociable managers are at parties and how they analyse conversations; the former is surely part of the anti Mr Crozier media hype, whilst the latter could play an important part in the development of the managers team’s.
Amongst the column inches is the fact that the psychometric tests are being used to help shape the structure of the company. This can be read in many ways, however, it is important to note that psychometric tests are there to aid and develop organisations by supporting the development of their staff.
This can only be seen as a positive step for employees and managers who are keen to develop their careers and make the most of opportunities that may arise.