In this post, we will look at a number of different areas that tech has helped when it comes to individuals.
The first one I am going to talk about is talent identification, there is currently lots of different psychometrics and other assessments on the market which are great for identifying what skills your key performers have but the only issue is that they can be hard to use on very large scale due to the sheer amount of information that needs analysing. If you had to read through 100+ 10 page reports and then at the end of it know enough about each report to spot the talent you're likely to struggle its a huge amount of information to take in and analyse. So that's where we can help using people analytics, by analysing the reports and then mapping all of the information we are able to look and compare large groups with graphs and visualizations this makes spotting talent fast and effective. More Info…
The next area I would like to talk about is measuring performance, this has alway been hard but very important for demonstrating ROI. The key thing to acknowledge is that you need a comparable way to track this. Now if the area you are trying to improve is knowledge based then this is fairly simple as you can test knowledge by simply writing a scored test but when it comes to tracking soft skills or habits I.E less measurable traits this process becomes much harder. One way you can do this is using a tool like Propel a goal tracking and resource software that allows users to gain 360 like feedback on their goals and then comparing this feedback on regular intervals. This gives you measurable ways to track your progress against goals.
The last area I’m going to talk about where technology has affected individual development is the access to resources. It now easier than ever find, share and create resources many of which are very low cost or free. The internet is by far the biggest and easiest to use source of information that has ever existed. There are a number of ways to find resources online, one of my most used is googles advanced search. This allows you to set specific search filters and speeds up finding what you're looking for massively. You can sort by things such as file type or region. To use advanced search simply hit settings on googles home page and you can select it from the options. Another online tool that has large amounts of content is lynda.com which was acquired by LinkedIn. Although it requires a paid subscription you will be able to get you moneys worth and beyond. There are courses on computing, business & design and loads more. It's a great place to pick up a new skill in your own time at your own pace.