Maher & Maher understands that conducting a thorough Needs Assessment is an essential step toward creating an effective Talent Development strategy that will improve organizational performance and realize the best return. A Needs Assessment may include a comparative of desired competencies (knowledge and skills) against current performance based on input from both supervisors and job performers themselves. This information reveals what job performers need to perform their roles effectively, and it provides a benchmark of the current performance state versus the desired state—or performance gaps. It also identifies “if” and “what type of” learning and development is needed to address performance gaps.
Because leadership and front-line stakeholders are both engaged, a Needs Assessments also serves to get buy-in and support for workplace learning and performance initiatives.
At Maher & Maher, we can conduct a Needs Assessment in a multitude of ways. Our strategies vary, but are not limited to:
Needs Assessments are essential when initiating Talent Development strategies and ensuring that optimal performance is supported throughout the organization on a continual basis. Assessments of this nature can identify potential obstacles or barriers to performance associated with organizational challenges such as cultural resistance, silos, job shifts, communication breakdowns, and process issues.
Once learning and development needs are clear, objectives for solutions can be more proficiently defined. This facilitates effective learning design and delivery to better drive performance improvement.