Personal Development Assessment (PDA) for Staff Recruitment & Development

Picking the right staff

Put the right people in the right places


High quality staff recruitment and development are central to the success of organizations.

Once people are selected for various roles, their experience of the organization will influence their effectiveness and development. This includes the quality of the organization’s leadership, management and culture, along with any training, supervision and mentoring offered. Selecting the best people available is a critical starting point.

The challenge is to avoid selecting the wrong people and missing the right people. Failing in this area can be hugely costly - in financial, business and human terms. In some fields of work a stable team of workers is an essential part of the service. For example, where relationships are important to the client/customer.

Improve Staff Recruitment, Retention, Development and Performance

The PDA is created by Patrick Tomlinson for staff recruitment and development. The interview assessment will give feedback on suitability for selection at any level of an organization. It will also identify development needs, which can be built into individual development plans.

It is based on many years’ experience and research. The aim is to assist organizations and individuals to achieve excellent outcomes in staff recruitment, retention and development. In turn this will lead to higher quality of performance. It can also be used independently by individuals to support their professional development.

Creating a Positive Culture

Effective staff recruitment, retention and development are key to positive cultures. Excellent staff retention and development lead to a virtuous cycle within the organization’s culture. A stable and developing workforce are more effective, leading to better outcomes, leading to better motivation and so on. This is the opposite of a culture where time and resources are mainly invested in survival and keeping afloat.

Staff that are stretched beyond their ability are also likely to be more reactive and make more mistakes. This can be especially costly in critical work situations. Reducing crisis and ‘firefighting’ mean more capacity for improving quality, growth and development. Matching the right people to role reduces dysfunction and improves stability. People work better in stable environments.

PTA PDA assessment session

The Personal Development Assessment (PDA)

The PDA is designed to assess the personal qualities that are linked with resilience, positive development and performance. It can be carried out in person, or by Skype, etc. It takes 1-1¼ hours to complete. It has been created to achieve significant outcomes in a cost-efficient manner.

The PDA has been tested on professionals and employees in different organizations with very positive results. It assesses where a person is in their development; the level of demand and responsibility they are currently capable of; as well as their potential in the short to medium and long-term.

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