Amazingly, pre-employment tests, child labor, certain job interview questions and more help managers forecast if a job applicant possesses a terrific work ethic or a lousy work ethic.
WHAT IS WORK ETHIC?
Employees with a good work ethic
+ show up at work
+ arrive before their start time
+ put in more than a day’s work for a day’s pay
+ conscientiously do work assignments
+ consistently are highly productive
+ work well with others
The opposite is true for employees with a lousy work ethic. Such lazy bums (oops! low work ethic employees) often
- do not show up at work
- arrive late
- take extra time on breaks
- are not worth what their pay
- are below-average in productivity and do not care
- harm co-workers’ productivity
HOW CAN YOU PREDICT WORK ETHIC?
Three ways you can forecast work ethic are the following:
1. Pre-employment tests
2. Child labor
3. Job interview questions
1st Method: PRE-EMPLOYMENT TESTS
A few pre-employment tests give you scores on an applicant’s work ethic. Using such pre-hire assessment tests tells you if the job applicant’s work ethic and conscientiousness on-the-job is below-average, average, or above-average.
Managers, of course, can seriously consider applicants whose pre-employment test forecasts the applicant possesses above-average or strong work ethic.
Personality test scores of above-average work ethic are not enough. The manager also should see if the applicant got test scores similar to their company’s best, most productive employees.
For example, if you use personality and intelligence test scores, you can (a) test your company’s best employees in a specific job, and then (b) use your best employees’ pre-employment test scores as the benchmark test scores for that specific job.
For example, a good Sales Rep applicant should get high personality test score on Work Ethic, plus also score high on sales job factors, such as running after sales, following-up with prospective customers, and handling obstacles well. The applicant also should get intelligence test scores similar to scores of the company’s best Sales Reps.
Another example: a good Warehouse Employee should get high pre-employment test score on Work Ethic, and also get high scores on other factors connected to doing well in that job. Such factors might include low Impulsiveness, strong Procedure-Following, low scores on Stealing and Substance Abuse, and intelligence test scores similar to the company’s best Warehouse Employees.
Method 2 next time.