The Future of Talent Management: What does the future look like? Part 3

December 11th, 2013 by Sarah Green No comments »

Organisations measure the engagement of their employees.

Here is the next part of this series of blogs summarising our 2012 findings into the Future of Talent Management.

Our research found that the majority of organisations do have tools available to assess the effectiveness and understanding of the TM Strategy. For example, 67% of organisations conduct employee engagement surveys on a yearly basis with a further 18% reporting they do this at least every two years. » Read more: The Future of Talent Management: What does the future look like? Part 3

The Power of Introversion

November 13th, 2013 by Sarah Green No comments »

Within Zircon we continue to use the MBTI as one of our tools of choice for development. During those meetings we are inevitably asked, “what is the real difference between introverts and extroverts?” and “do we need to be extrovert to survive in business?”

MBTI practitioners would argue that business is moving in an ENTJ direction, and that yes we are required to be more E in the workplace. An interesting article, written by John Morrish (2012) suggests » Read more: The Power of Introversion

Examining the Relationship between Meaning, Performance and Potential

October 15th, 2013 by Sarah Green No comments »

Researchers are increasingly looking at the importance of meaning at work and its relationship to talent and potential. ‘Meaning’ is the sense among employees that what they do really makes a difference to themselves, to others, or to their company and as a result have a strong belief in their work and the value they add. ‘Meaning quotient’ (MQ) is the measure of that level of meaning and success for the individual. » Read more: Examining the Relationship between Meaning, Performance and Potential

My Occupational Psychology Internship

September 24th, 2013 by Sarah Green No comments »

As an undergraduate psychology student at the University of Nottingham about to embark upon my final year, I was keen to secure myself work experience amongst experienced psychologists. The previous year, I had taken the decision to extend my degree by adding a year of study in a Mexican business university. It was while completing my year abroad that I discovered Zircon’s website. Zircon was exactly what I was looking for. I found myself gripped by one of their blog entries – ‘Are Competency Interviews Valid for Graduate Assessment?’ Following links back to their home page, I read how Zircon was a team of Business Psychologists who had a focus on Talent Management. Immediately, I knew that this was where I wanted to work. Working with Zircon would not only complement my study of psychology and business perfectly, but would give me real experience » Read more: My Occupational Psychology Internship

Is Authenticity a Value, Capability or a Strength?

August 30th, 2013 by Sarah Green No comments »

At Zircon, Dr Amanda Potter and her team of Occupational Psychologists have been asking the questions – “Is Authenticity important at work?” and “Is Authenticity a Value, Capability, Competency or a Strength?”

Is Authenticity Important at Work? » Read more: Is Authenticity a Value, Capability or a Strength?

My Time as an Occupational Psychology Intern with Zircon

August 20th, 2013 by Sarah Green No comments »

I have been fascinated by psychology for many years and so thought it would be a perfect undergraduate course at university. I was familiar with clinical and experimental psychology but before these few weeks I knew little about other branches of the discipline such as occupational psychology. I met Dr Amanda Potter, the founder and Managing Director of Zircon, and she explained what occupational psychology was about and mentioned the internship her company offers. After researching Zircon further I » Read more: My Time as an Occupational Psychology Intern with Zircon

Opportunity within Zircon to apply for a Full Time Trainee Business Psychologist position

August 15th, 2013 by Sarah Green No comments »

Job Description
Zircon are recruiting a Full Time  Trainee Consultant Business Psychologist on a one year contract.

Responsibilities will include (among others):

• Supporting the Consulting team with the design and delivery of consultancy services in core solution areas, including Talent Assessment, Leadership and Team Development, and Talent Management.
• Working with the team to design Assessment and Development Centres and bespoke exercises.
• Conducting follow-up Personal Development Planning sessions and feedback with clients.
• Selecting and working proactively with Associates and providing guidance and feedback on client projects » Read more: Opportunity within Zircon to apply for a Full Time Trainee Business Psychologist position

Opportunity within Zircon to apply for a Full Time Consultant Business Psychologist

August 15th, 2013 by Sarah Green No comments »

Job Description
Zircon are recruiting a Full Time Consultant Business Psychologist.

Responsibilities will include (among others):

• Designing, delivering and managing consultancy services in core solution areas, including Talent Assessment, Leadership and Team Development, and Talent Management.
• Designing Assessment and Development Centres and bespoke exercises.
• Conducting follow-up Personal Development Planning sessions and feedback with clients using core Psychometrics Wave, NEO, HDS, and others.
• Selecting and working proactively with Associates and providing guidance and feedback on client projects. » Read more: Opportunity within Zircon to apply for a Full Time Consultant Business Psychologist

Zircon Work Experience

August 13th, 2013 by Sarah Green No comments »

At Zircon, we are currently looking for an ambitious, hardworking individual who would like to join our team of Occupational Psychologists to gain 2-3 weeks work experience within our boutique consultancy in Surrey. This is an ideal opportunity for a Psychology graduate looking for consulting experience within the specialist field of talent management. The placement is open to those looking to or completing a Master’s course in Occupational/Business Psychology, and would greatly compliment learning at this level.

If you are interested and believe you are an excellent candidate to work with Zircon, please send your CV and a covering letter to: katie.bissell@zircon-mc.co.uk

Does 360 feedback really help to Improve performance?

July 18th, 2013 by Sarah Green No comments »

Does 360 feedback really support performance development and improvement? Within Zircon, we design and implement qualitative (interview based) and quantitative (survey based) feedback for clients and find that when the 360 respondent is engaged and committed to the feedback, the process can produce significant results. » Read more: Does 360 feedback really help to Improve performance?