Back in my interviewing days I went to a company that helps companies assess their employees and candidates. At first I thought it was pretty neat. But when I was told about the results of my assessment and the results were on par with who I am I began to feel a little uneasy. Not because I had a trait I wouldn’t want someone to know about I just felt uncomfortable with the fact that people I had met for the first time knew as much about me as my long time friends.
What I also felt unsure about was the fact that managers in this particular company obviously knew EVERYTHING about their employees, in terms of behavior, and would use different tactics in different meetings in order to get the most out of certain employees. It may be an effective tactic but when is too much too much? I don’t know if I’d feel OK with a manager thinking they’ll know exactly how I might react to a certain situation. How do they know for certain that I may not react differently. And will I be penalized for not fitting a certain point on a chart?
What do you think? Can knowing your employees behavior almost down to a t a good or bad thing?
What did you do today?
In other news, I have created my Career Advice 101 group on LinkedIn. If this link didn’t work, just search for “Career Advice 101” in the groups section. I hope you’ll join!