Coordinating Employee Skills and
Abilities to the Job at Hand
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Every person on the face of the planet has a unique set of skills and abilities.
For some people, technology might be their strong point. Others may excel with their
strong analytical skills.
Yet others may be noted for their superior listening skills, ability to act as a mentor or the
strength of their organizational skills.
A key to being a good motivator to employees is to be able to hone in on each employee's
special skill and ability and align job responsibilities accordingly.
When skillfully taking into account an employee's skills and strong points, it's easier for a
superior job to be done and it also has the beneficial consequence of the involving the employee at a deeper level and increasing the level of pride and commitment he/she has in connecting with the work
It's not unusual, when an employee's skills and talents are inappropriately matched to have an
employee who will end up performing at substandard levels with unfortunate losses to the organization including financial loss due to high turnover, loss of customers, accidents, and more.
By nature, people perform best when doing what they like. Take an inventory of the job
functions within the company and then of the strengths of the employees. Align and realign the work to be done with each employee's strengths, and remember that each employee needs an outlet of
Aim to foster a corporate culture in which, insofar as possible, the employee is doing the job
that best matches his or her abilities.
Some adjustments may need to be done with existing roles in real time,
while much of this can be structured from the beginning simply by having a process in place that helps identify the right employee for the job at the interview and hiring stages.