04 Jun 2018

Personality Assessment
In the world of personality assessment there are numerous tools that are used to measure and understand personality. A trait approach to personality has been in existence since the early 1900's, and it has been the aim of many researchers to identify which are the most useful underlying factors to consider - with numerous studies dedicated to this topic.Many of the largest and most r...

04 Feb 2013

Protect Business
As the business world becomes more diverse and expands across national boundaries, concerns about security and integrity in the workplace have never been higher. Stakeholder expectations for ethical business operations continue to rise, placing more responsibility on organisations to employ people who have high ethical standards.To safeguard their organisations, many organisations in...

19 Nov 2012

Employee Ethics
A recent study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has revealed that organisations may not be doing enough to promote and protect their values within the organisation. The study found that 40% of employees believe that their unethical colleagues not only go un-reprimanded, but are also frequently rewarded and promoted for their bad behaviour.  In addition, only 29% of...

15 Aug 2012

Management
Most organisational occupational health and safety (OHS) interventions focus on controlling employee procedures and the physical work environment in an effort to maximise workplace safety.  While such efforts are important, they do not take into account the human factors related to work safety, such as individual and group attitudes and the influence of management.Recent research inv...

18 Apr 2012

Legal Issues
Fraud and misconduct "grey areas" in the workplaceYesterday's Human Capital Australia magazine outlined a recent decision by Fair Work Australia (FWA) and the implications for dealing with fraud and misconduct in the workplace.A supermarket store manager was dismissed for taking groceries without paying, however, the dismissal was overturned by FWA and he was awarded more than $1...

01 Sep 2011

Personality Assessment
Meta-analyses have revealed that the most valid predictors of job performance are ability measures (cognitive or intelligence tests) and personality assessments, particularly the "Big 5" personality traits, followed by structured job interviews. Together, ability tests and measures of conscientiousness or integrity provide an adjusted validity of 0.65 (Ones, Viswesveran, & Schmidt, 1...

30 Sep 2009

Success of Employees
Evidence for the Relationship between the Big 5 and Academic AchievementMany different personality traits have been linked to academic performance. Since the Five Factor Model, or "Big 5", has enjoyed prominence in the personality literature (Digman, 1990), as well as being recognised by the economics literature (Borghans et al., 2008), we believe it is valuable to organise the findi...

29 Sep 2009

Time Management
Published in the Sydney Morning Herald.Out of Time?Researchers at the University of Sydney's Department of Psychology have found that being a good time manager is closely related to how conscientious a person is, and that this may be a personality trait rather than a skill one can acquire. Good time managers are also likely to be early birds, and slightly more prone to worrying....

13 Aug 2009

Personality Assesment
This paper examines and summarises the big five-factor model, a tool used for studying personality.One of the long-held goals of psychology has been to establish a model that can conveniently describe human personality, with the intent to use this model in improving the general understanding of personality.Currently, a handful of models have risen to prominence, and have thus far...