Source | LinkedIn : By Urmi Dasgupta
Traditional Assessments Centres comprise of a suite of proctored, interactive activities, conducted at a physical location. Participants are required to take time off work in order to go through these assessments. Assessors observe and evaluate the candidates based on the behaviors that they exhibit in the various activities conducted as part of the Assessment Centre. Assessors then collate their observations and discuss each participant’s performance. Once they reach a consensus, an exhaustive manual report is created, basis which one-on-one feedback sessions are conducted with each participant.
Typically, Traditional Assessment Centres have been preferred as they provide human touch and interaction. However, given the intense manual effort involved in Traditional Assessment Centres, there are several reasons why L&D and HR teams find it difficult to justify the use of Traditional Assessments Centres for business:
# 1: Logistical Hassles: The entire process of evaluating candidates using a traditional Assessment Centre is cumbersome and stressful for the L&D sponsors who are often found scurrying about to book training rooms/hotels to conduct the Assessment Centre, arranging flight tickets and accommodation for outstation candidates, finding the ‘rightly qualified’ assessors and following up tirelessly to receive scores and reports on time.
# 2: Lack of Scalability: As Traditional Assessment Centres require participants to assemble at a pre-determined physical space, the Assessment Centre cannot be employed for large scale assessment initiatives.
# 3: Investment Intensive: Traditional Assessment Centers turn out to be expensive for organizations, due to the various overheads attached to them. Overheads associated with logistical arrangements, the need for certified and experienced assessors, and logistics for arranging the assessments come at a premium. Therefore, Assessment Centres are typically restricted to a certain cross-section of the organization, generally the mid to senior level audiences, where budgets have been pre-approved.
# 4: Loss of Productivity: Participants are required to travel to the Assessment Centers for the entire duration of the assessments. This disrupts their work schedule and deadlines. Even after the assessment, participant fatigue due to the long and arduous assessment process, coupled with the need to catch up once they get back to work, results in the loss of additional productive output.