Analysis from Abintegro, the Career Development Platform, shows that self-awareness is vital for individual career growth, whereas employees tend to lack insight when it comes to their personality and preferences.
It is not a new concept that self-awareness is vital for an individual’s career success. Higher levels of self-awareness have been proven to correlate with improved performance. The reality, however, is that very few people spend any time considering their personality, drivers or values, and even less consider how such factors impact upon other people. This is why a lack of self-awareness inhibits career growth.
Only a minority of organisations sufficiently encourage this level of introspection, despite the proven benefits to both the individual and the organisation. Even a little self-awareness goes a long way. It encourages individuals to be the best they can: internalising the things they are good at and accepting or working on the things they are not. They see more clearly the way they communicate and the way their behaviour affects others, and can learn to build more fruitful relationships. Career trajectories become clearer and engagement at work increases as employees understand their strengths and look to use them more often.
The development of self-awareness within an organisation is often achieved through specialist coaches or psychologists offering profiling to a small number of senior staff. This is effective, but not scalable. Online self-assessments are a simple, accessible, fun and highly cost-effective way for all employees to understand themselves better. Users of the Abintegro Career Development Platform have completed over 70,000 career assessments in the past year. With 14 available assessments, ‘Personality’ was the most popular assessment, followed by ‘Motivation’, ‘Understanding Strengths’, ‘Learning Styles’, ‘Personal Resilience’ and ‘Emotional Intelligence’.
All these assessments offer insight that employees can digest privately, and implement in the everyday working environment. As employers engage in strategies to build employee ownership of careers, online self-assessments play an important role for both the individual’s career success and improved company performance.