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While internal mobility is on the rise each year, it's evident that it has not yet become a standard practice within companies. The challenges encompass both cultural and informational aspects. Establishing a strong connection between the assessment of existing expertise and those needed for upcoming projects, open positions, or future roles demands the implementation of a dedicated information system.

In contrast to Anglo-Saxon or Germanic countries, where structured evaluation processes facilitate mobility, France predominantly relies on networking and sometimes subjective approaches to facilitate internal movements. However, the current era of rationalization is driving a shift in these practices, emphasizing not just the measurement of proficiency but also the individual aspirations of each employee.

What is the evaluation of skills?

Skills assessment involves measuring your employees' competencies, knowledge and capabilities, with the aim of assisting them in their growth and reaching their full potential.

Think of proficiency analysis as a treasure map for your company. It enables you to uncover the hidden talents within your workforce and support their skill development. This process allows you to map all your company's assets and ensure they align with present and future challenges.This process transforms into a tool for continuous dialogue between employees and managers, facilitating the ongoing assessment of both individual and team performance. Ultimately, it leads to the immediate identification of concealed insights and potential risks.

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How to evaluate expertise?

In the context of exploring internal mobility, the initial step is to assess all the proficiency within the company. This entails recognising the diverse range of knowledge and in-house capability and employing appropriate tools to formalize and render them visible to all HR stakeholders. These tools will vary according to the techniques measured:

Proficiencies techniques and mobility

Hard skills refer to the professional proficiency obtained through training and career experience, which can be tangibly demonstrated. These experiences are readily observable in the practical contexts of specific roles and typically relate to specific technical proficiencies.

According to the OECD, skills techniques have a life span of 12 to 18 months.

As a result, the potential for internal mobility depends on the organization's ability to leverage these assets across various business scenarios. For example, a graphic designer proficient in a particular software should have the opportunity to apply this knowledge to projects in the marketing department, as well as in HR or Finance, thus expanding and maximizing their proficiency.

How to evaluate technical skills or "Hard Skills"?

Hard skills, often referred to as technical proficiencies, are quantifiable and verifiable. Here are several methods for assessing them:

  1. Skills Tests: These are practice evaluations conducted either online or in person. For instance, the Central test is a recommended solution for evaluating programming competences, where a test can be administered to assess an individual's ability to code a solution for a given problem.
  2. Certifications: Certifications are formal credentials often provided by third-party organizations, such as skill value. Professional certifications are numerous and highly valued in cases like IT security, project management and finance.
  3. Peer reviews: While peer reviews involve a degree of subjectivity, they serve as an excellent complement to the tools mentioned above. Peers provide feedback on a colleague's proficiency level and offer recommendations for further development.

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Soft skills and mobility

Soft skills are the behavioral capacities acquired outside the academic realm. Every employee possesses interpersonal and personal aptitude, which typically aren't job-specific. 

The versatility of these "soft" skills is notably significant and, therefore, plays a prominent role in the development of "job bridges" that facilitate internal mobility.

How to evaluate competences or "Soft Skills"?

Due to their subjective nature, assessing soft skills can be more challenging than hard skills. It can be more difficult to quantify them.

Here are some methods for assessing soft skills:

  1. Behavioral Interviews: These interviews are designed to evaluate non-technical competence by posing questions about past experiences. The aim is to gain insights into how candidates have handled challenging situations and collaborated within a team. Sample questions may include, "Can you share a project where you had to work in a team? How did you collaborate with your teammates to achieve the results and project's objectives?"
  2. Personality tests or personalized diagnostics: These tests aim to measure personality traits linked to professional success. Solutions like Assesfirst enable the assessment of qualities such as openness, empathy and the ability to perform under pressure as criteria for success in a given role.
  3. Gamification: Simulations and role-playing games can be used to assess non-technical abilities by creating realistic work situations. For instance, the Niaouli solution places candidates or employees in situations that evaluate their problem-solving abilities, decision-making competences, communication effectiveness and teamwork capabilities.

Evaluate abilities based on established benchmarks

To conduct scalable examinations across the entire organization, utilizing two points of reference is crucial: one about your business and the other concerning your employees' aptitudes.

1. The job reference system

This composition begins with the most specific element, "the position" (as indicated on the salary slip). It gradually expands to a broader concept of "the job," which can be common to multiple positions.

2. The repository of  proficiencies

Many companies organize their experiences based on the two dimensions mentioned earlier: hard and soft skills. This structure facilitates the adoption of a shared internal language. The objectives of the proficiency framework are twofold:

  • Associate experience with specific job roles, limiting them to a maximum of 8 to 15 competences per role.
  • Highlight the skills cross-cutting issues that are essential for future professional mobility.

Complementary tools for assessing the mobility of skills

Each employee can apply for various skill evaluation methods; let's dive into the details of these options:

1. The balance sheet of expertise

The skills assessment can be initiated either by the recruiter or the employer, but it is not mandatory for the employee to do so. This appraisal facilitates a comprehensive inventory of professional experience, personal evaluation and those that need development to align with career objectives. In the context of internal mobility, this approach assesses the employee's willingness and motivation to progress, redefine their career path and secure a position that matches their qualifications or aspirations. 

2. The validation of acquired experience (VAE)

For employees, this approach involves obtaining additional certifications by having the experience acquired through various professional experiences formally recognised. It can be implemented in all types of companies, either at the employee's or employer's initiative.

Validation of Acquired Experience (VAE) can serve as a valuable tool within an internal professional mobility policy, especially in the context of Strategic Workforce Planning (it involves forward-looking management of jobs and skills). Consequently, VAE adds value to employees and supports the company's business transformation. 

3. Professional development advice

The Professional Development Council (CEP) is a government-funded, personalized service provided at no cost. It is designed to assist individuals who want to assess their professional situation by offering personalized guidance from advisors representing authorized organizations. The aim is to help individuals create a professional development plan.

4. The professional assessment

Professional assessment is one of the tools that can be offered during a professional interview. It involves an operational process that merges the company's skill requirements with the employee's expectations.

For the employee, it serves as a means to identify their experience and align them with available job roles and internal projects. This process addresses professional aspirations, motivations and objectives without going into intricate details.

Our main reservation with regard to these internal mobility schemes is their one-off nature, which does not encourage continuity in HR support.

Certainly, the effectiveness of a talent-focused internal mobility policy depends on the alignment of proficiency and employees' motivation to enhance them. Thus, we recommend considering the evaluation of each individual's experience to manage the specific factors driving continuous mobility within your organization. Feel free to explore our "Assessing Individual Aspirations" website for tips.

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