Is there a need to revisit the way we assess people?
Updated: Oct 21
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As more and more articles talk about how millennials are entering the workplace and will soon be the ones taking over the baby boomers and Generation Xers, maybe it is time to revisit how we assess this unique group of employees.
Millennials are, by far, the most tech-savvy of the lot. They are fortunate to be exposed to all these emerging technologies that make tasks which were used to take longer to achieve efficiently with the ever-growing applications in the market. With their thirst for technology more so than Generation Xers, they are not likely to be sitting through a battery of cognitive tests and lengthy personality questionnaires. They are likely to get bored, which might affect their performance in the assessment, not because of incapability but impatience.
Undoubtedly, one can argue that such a demonstration of impatience is a revelation of the personality of such employees – being less likely to be responsible in their work. While it is tempting to be quick at passing such judgment, I prefer to think that because we are dealing with a unique group of employees, there is a need to have a new set of assessment tools to reflect so. Who knows, something radical such as assessment through mobile devices and shortened testing time might be the way to go. This is likely the way forward should we want to identify talent in this new group of employees. It would be interesting to see how this will evolve.