Thursday 20 October 2011

Competencies: Where Did They Come From?

Competency-based human resource management became popular in the 1990s principally because it offered employers a new way of defining and assessing those hard-to-measure traits, or “soft skills” that so often make the difference between superior performers and the rest of the crowd - for example, initiative, adaptability, drive for achievement, etc. Competencies also provided fundamental building blocks for ensuring that all of the “people” processes in the organization could be fully integrated. No longer would there be one set of criteria for selection, another set for performance management, and yet a third set for learning and development. “Competencies” were proclaimed as the one common set of standards to be used for all HR processes.

This post is based on content from 'Competency-Based Management That Works!' by Suzanne Simpson

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