Assessment and development centres can help organisations select and develop their staff – but only when tailored to the needs of individual organisations, the IPD claims.
In the book Development and Assessment Centres: Identifying and Developing Competence, author Charles Woodruffe claims they are only justified when custom-made to suit companies.
Woodruffe said, “Unfortunately, there are plenty of centres that are poorly designed and have little bearing on the target job – where information is gathered unsystematically and without its relevance being made explicit, where assessors are poorly trained and where participants are alienated from the procedure.”
Designed to help organisations avoid these pitfalls, his book places development and assessment centres firmly within the strategic context of identifying, fostering and developing talent.
Woodruffe is head of Human Assets, a London-based consultancy specialising in assessment and development centres, analysis of competency frameworks and career management.
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