The Eysenck Personality Profiler
(EPP) has proved to be a valuable tool in our range of psychometric
instruments. Whilst we have found the measure to be useful
in recruitment, the greatest success was in the area of management
We used the measure
to promote the idea of life long learning within the workplace.
The EPP was given to the management team' as the first step
of a development programme. Individual one-to-one interviews
were then conducted. The EPP was found to be extremely accurate
- not a result of the Barnum effect as the EPP does not only
provide positive results! The interviews resulted in the development
of individual Action Plans involving the recommendation of
various training courses including Assertiveness Motivation
and Stress Management. These recommendations were taken forward
by the Managing Director.
In addition, the Managing
Director (with permission from the management team) was given
feedback from all the members. A list of key-points was devised
to be kept in his top drawer concerning who was motivated
by a pat on the back; how they coped with stress; who required
independence within their work etc. The list acted as a reminder
of how each individual worked and how to keep that individual
motivated and satisfied within his/her position.
Results were also compared
to the results of a Climate Survey conducted at the departmental
level. The measurements provide an indication of the effectiveness
of the individual management styles as assessed by the EPP.
These results fed in to the Action Plans of the individual
managers to enable improvement in relations across the company.
Overall the results of the
EPP were found to be extremely useful by the companies involved
and the individuals tested.
Dr Michele Lawty-Jones, Occupational
Psychologist, Career Link, Preston, UK
Expertise is not the only
attribute we have to take into consideration when we are recruiting
an experienced or a recently qualified veterinary surgeon
or nurse. The Eysenck Personality Profiler (EPP) allows us
to gauge the personality and suitability of applicants to
lead a dynamic team whilst delivering exceptional veterinary
care in often stressful and emotional situations. Identifying
these two qualities and recruiting professionals with the
right attitude is paramount to the continuing success, stability
and growth of our businesses.
We also use the EPP in our
training and continuing professional education programmes
which are eagerly attended by staff who are enthusiastic to
develop and learn. Our companies are at the forefront of a
major change in the veterinary sector. Selecting, retaining
and training the right staff from the outset saves us time,
money and goodwill when recruiting replacements and re-building
With over 130 fully-employed
veterinary surgeons, low staff turnover and the fastest growth
curve in the veterinary sector, the EPP has helped us get
recruitment and selection of veterinary staff down to a fine
Rob Jones, Managing Director,
Companion Care Veterinary Centres, Eville & Jones
"WINSWOT was used for
the modelling of risk of investment of the MARIBIC project
in Croatia funded by The World Bank (TAL-2 project) and was
Chapter 9 of the Business Plan which I coordinated. It worked
very nicely and presented the various issues in a convincing
manner even though in some cases it proved that threats were
more important and thus should be kept under control)"
Conides, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Athens, Greece
"I've typically used a flip chart pad
and an easel to capture all the factors that the team throws
out. But, I recently uncovered a slick, inexpensive piece
of software called, creatively, WinSWOT. It generates some
nice visuals that can be used to share your findings with
the rest of your organization."