How Can Competencies Be Applied in a Work Setting?

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How Can Competencies Be Applied in a Work Setting?

In a work setting, competencies can be:

  • Associated with recruitment and selection.
  • Linked to the performance appraisal process and compensation strategy.
  • Tied to training and development.
  • Associated with succession planning.

By linking competencies to the selection process, you can:

  • Present a better overall depiction of the job and what it requires.
  • Increase job-person fit by providing a profile to match needed skills with existing abilities.
  • Eliminate individuals who are not qualified for the position from the beginning, thereby saving time and money.
  • Provide a more structured interview process.
  • Identify which competencies are trainable and which are more natural.

By linking competencies to training and development, you can:

  • Help individuals develop strengths and find compensating strategies for their weaknesses.
  • Focus coaching and feedback opportunities.
  • Help align organizational strategy and expectations with the training courses offered.
  • Reduce wasted training dollars by offering only courses that support the competencies identified.

By linking competencies to the appraisal process, you can:

  • Ensure common understanding of what is being monitored and measured.
  • Facilitate discussions about performance expectations and execution.
  • Focus attention on actual behavior as well as performance.

By linking competencies to the succession planning process, you can:

  • Identify the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors required for key positions.
  • Help determine the job-person fit of potential candidates by matching key traits and skills.
  • Determine which competencies potential candidates lack that may result in restructuring or revamping roles and responsibilities or providing developmental opportunities.