Don’t throw the Baby out with the Bathwater


Don't throw the baby out with the bathwaterSam works in accounting. He has pretty good business sense and is very good with numbers. However, every place that Sam goes to work, within two years he gets pushed out. Now Sam is working for you. Unfortunately, nowhere during his reviews from his past employers or during his interview was it mentioned that Sam had any problem. And now he is yours.

He’s a talker. Some would even call him a Walkway Stroller or a Crowd Pleaser. He likes social interaction so much that if he doesn’t get it, he will find a way to get it. This usually ends up in him not completing some of his assigned tasks.

Harrison Assessments guesses that in this case, although Sam’s skill level for the job may be proficient, his suitability may not. If you have a Sam, don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Perhaps there is another job within your organization in which Sam can do better and prosper?

In this case, the company employing Sam gave him a Harrison Assessment. A simple online questionnaire that took between 20-30 minutes to complete. Sam’s dominant traits were identified and it was determined that he was only 50% likely to succeed in an accounting position. However, his careers report and corresponding Job Success Functions determined that he was better suited for a customer service, account managing or a sales position.

The company moved him over to his new position and he is flourishing.

Don’t throw the skilled baby out. Just change the water. Harrison assessments can help you determine what baby goes in what tub of water.

(Sam’s real name has been changed to protect the identity of the innocent.)