I often hear 3 arguments being used for not assessing blue-collar workers:
- There is high staff attrition anyway
- We teach them everything on the job anyway
- Individual assessments are too expensive
May I counter these with just two words? Value. Fit.Jurgen Noel
Extensive academic research in the USA and Europe has proven that value fit is a significant predictor for engagement and job satisfaction. This results a lower staff attrition, an easier acquisition and retention of skills and a better overall performance.
Turnover in the blue collar industry is a significant issue.
Whereas there is high demand for skilled labour, there is shortage in supply. It is not surprising that the slightest difference in salary is sometimes enough for one to change jobs. And every time you need to replace an employee, this comes with a hiring cost. Add up the hidden cost in terms of lost productivity and the negative impact on co-workers, client relations and innovation and you will find a total disengagement cost of up to 3 times the hiring cost
But is this unavoidable? The answer is no. There is a significant correlation between value fit and employee retention. Job satisfaction is highly influenced by the ‘sense of belonging’ and the match between and employee and his environment. If an employee shares the values with his direct supervisor and his team members, he is much more likely to feel satisfied in the company. In consequence, sufficient attention to value fit within teams and specifically with the direct manager will impact the turnover rate significantly.
Knowing the current values of your company requires measurement.
You will need a scan of your company and structured assessments for recruitment. Being considered as time consuming and expensive, this is often left out in blue-collar environments. But if you think of the immense disengagement cost, regardless of the industry and combine this with the need of on-the-job training that exists in most blue-collar environments, it becomes worth considering, doesn’t it?
At Twegos, we realized that this industry deserves a model that allows to preselect a vast amount of candidates, saving on hours spent by HR professionals.
The value measurement tool Twegos offers is automated and comes at a fixed transparent fee. Whether you want to test 50 or 5000 candidates, the effort and cost remain the same.
The results of our client feedback loop are staggering. Candidates preselected by the Twegos algorithm are evaluated by their manager. They scored significantly higher than average on attitudes and acquisition of skills. And the retention rate increased up to 32%.