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Discovering the Key to People's Uniqueness: The Role of Individual Differences in Personnel Management

Standardization is the norm in our actual world, where technology and industrial processes dominate. Standards ensure the smooth operation of everything, from automobiles to smartphones. However, when it comes to people, standardization is a challenge, despite a trend in that direction in human resource management.


People are unique, both in their personal and professional lives. Their compatibility with their roles within a team cannot be evaluated nor standardized using norms. This challenges personnel management as they strive to maximize individual differences to enhance team performance.


In this article, we aim to explore the role of individual differences in personnel management and how it affects team dynamics. Join us as we uncover the secret to what makes people truly special.


As an HR professional, I believe putting employees' personalities first is the key to success for any business. If we prioritize individual motivations and unique talents, HR can become the lifeblood of an organization.


By creating an environment that fosters talent and promotes based on motivational structures, we can transform HR from a personnel administrator to the company's talent factory. To accomplish this, we must move away from using standard competencies as our sole criteria for hiring and focus on individual specialization. Let's stop treating job descriptions like checklists and start recognizing each person's unique potential.


Talent Goes Unseen: The Hiring Process Neglects Character


Despite the rigorous screening process based on application documents, the hiring process prioritizes specialized expertise over character. As a result, potential candidates' personalities and characters often go unnoticed. Only those who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to an interview, missing out on the opportunity to spot raw talent at an early stage. However, technical knowledge can always be trained for later. Essential character attributes that distinguish effective job performance are not considered appropriately, leading to potential mismatches.


Some individuals lack the necessary skills or expertise in certain areas, while others thrive in their chosen niche. Candidates with experience are better equipped to handle personal interviews, as they are familiar with typical protocols and common questions.


The ideal candidate remains unidentified, with their unique traits still a mystery. Unfortunately, a second opportunity to find the right person has passed. The candidate must fit both the role and the company culture. In addition to technical requirements, each position has a set of extra expectations for the employee. Companies employ standard personality tests to evaluate communication skills and empathy.


While testing techniques may capture a few traits about applicants, they often overlook the person's individuality and internal motivation. The goal is to ensure a good fit between the individual and the position, but the job holder is not limited to a single set of duties. They must also thrive within the company's unique culture. This is where an individual's quirks and motivations can be used. When people are highly motivated and enjoy their work, they can reach their full potential only when there is a good alignment between themselves, the corporate culture, and their roles.


Highly motivated individuals produce better work and generate innovative ideas.


Encouraging continuous participation free from external pressures fosters dialogue, creativity, and innovation – all key elements businesses require in the digital era. Employees may feel overwhelmed, struggle, and even burn out if their role in the company does not match their function. The phrase "There are no bad employees, only employees in the wrong positions" is widely accepted, and businesses of all sizes would do well to recognize this fact. An estimated 80% of roles may be filled incorrectly.


While their technical abilities may be suitable, their personal fit is lacking. Personal traits are a defining factor for individuals. To be passionate about their profession, a person's fundamental attitude, aspirations, and inner drive must align with the requirements of their particular work environment. The responsibility of both recruiters and candidates is to ensure this compatibility. However, this task requires people skills that even the most praised artificial intelligence technology struggles to replicate. While AI can assist with objective selection procedures, it cannot fully replace the need for human interaction in the recruitment process.


In large corporations, the tendency to hire the same type of worker can lead to overlooking individuals who can inspire teams, managers who genuinely lead their staff, and contributors of unique, innovative ideas. Even if a standout personality manages to get through the selection process, they often leave the organization soon after. Without the opportunity for growth and autonomy, employees can feel stifled and are more likely to seek alternative employment. Don’t let your organization fall into this trap – recognize and encourage the diverse talents of your team.


The digital transformation necessitates a rethinking of HR, requiring committed, flexible, and courageous thought leaders within the organization.


It is recommended to abandon outdated norms and procedures to establish enduring alignment of character and role. Rigid structures and constant responsibilities are a thing of the past. Genuine personalities that create and proactively adjust their roles are required for changing tasks and duties. The digital world is fast-paced and project-focused. Let's adapt and lead the way.


To succeed in sprint-based agile work, constantly acquiring new skills and competencies is crucial. Avoid burnout and excel in your role by being fully comfortable and adaptable. As digitalization continues to advance, change and innovation are essential. Don't settle for standardized individuals in suits; they don't bring originality or innovation. Embrace diversity and strong individuals within your team to avoid duplication and promote success.


Incentivizing employees with monetary or non-monetary rewards can be effective but often only has a temporary impact. Continuously relying on external motivation can lead to exhaustion and burnout. Employees may feel pressured to suppress their unique traits and conform to the group as they climb the ranks. Training and development may further erode individuality in the pursuit of professional success. It's essential to cultivate an enduring drive to sustain employee engagement and satisfaction at work truly.


Businesses must tap into the human potential to innovate and succeed.


Neglecting employee development is detrimental to both individuals and the organization. Unfortunately, many businesses view human resources as merely an administrative function and often assign unqualified individuals from other departments to handle it. This leads to misusing key performance metrics and failing to properly evaluate HR's real task. In reality, people management should be prioritized after establishing HR functions. While attorneys are often utilized due to their proficiency in employment law, it's crucial to recognize the importance of qualified HR professionals in driving innovation and success.


The true success of a company is measured by low absenteeism and personnel costs, as well as a decreased headcount-to-sales ratio. However, relying solely on these statistics could mask a hiring failure. Standardized job descriptions can hide the lack of high-quality HR work, leading to employees who fail to utilize their intrinsic motivation and underperform. Success or failure ultimately comes down to the actions and responses of individuals within an organization.


An organization's success is determined by the strengths and weaknesses of its people.


Therefore, it is crucial to have the right individuals in the organization who work together beneficially. Achieving this requires creating an environment that aligns with the company's beliefs and goals, which can only be accomplished by personnel who fit the culture well.


The recruitment process is the crucial initial step in establishing a culture that will lead to success.


Human resources professionals must search for candidates with the necessary qualities and motivation to perform their duties effectively, even in difficult circumstances.


While they may not follow every rule to the letter, their dedication to the task at hand is unwavering, and they possess a remarkable ability to adapt to any stage of the process. As a matter of fact, they view this as an opportunity for growth rather than a burden.


New hires bring more than just their knowledge and expertise to the team; their personalities, emotions, and daily routines also shape the workplace.


At the heart of a prosperous organization lies its human resources department.


This department does much more than provide support; it ensures the long-term retention of quality employees and helps them unlock their full potential on personal, intellectual, and professional levels. Effective hiring and employee fit are just the start of what HR can bring to the table.

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