Archive for the ‘development’ category

Occupational Psychology Placement with Zircon Management Consulting

July 6th, 2015

I first saw the Zircon Work Experience placement online, during my first months of my Masters in Occupational Psychology.  I was seeking further experience in a Business Psychology Consultancy in order to understand how Occupational Psychology is put in to place practically, so I quickly applied.  The assessment process for the placement was very comprehensive, which gave me an insight into the value and the level of responsibility that would be given with the role and I was thrilled to be offered the experience. » Read more: Occupational Psychology Placement with Zircon Management Consulting

Output Differences for High Performance Employees

July 1st, 2015

The top 5 percent of the workforce is responsible for up to 26% of organisational outputs. This equates to exceeding the average performing employee outputs by up to 400% (O’Boyle & Aguinis, 2012). Therefore, although the top performers may mean a 25% initial increase in investment, the organisation could result in 10x higher outputs long-term (Workforce Online, 2002). » Read more: Output Differences for High Performance Employees

Short-Term and Long-Term Work Experience and Placement Opportunities for Trainee Business Psychologists with Zircon

July 1st, 2015

Job Description

Zircon Management Consulting is a Business Psychology Consultancy specialising in Talent Management, based in Coulsdon, Surrey. We offer a variety of talent services such as Assessment, Development, Training and much more.

Over the last 5 years Zircon has provided individuals with the opportunity to gain some short-term Work Experience, typically lasting 2-4 weeks within the consultancy. However, more recently we have also been able to provide longer term University placements ranging from 3 months to a year. » Read more: Short-Term and Long-Term Work Experience and Placement Opportunities for Trainee Business Psychologists with Zircon

How to Maintain Objectivity When Assessing

June 26th, 2015

Biases can occur in many different forms throughout the whole assessment process, which affect the reliability and legitimacy of the outcome judgement.  An assessment with biases can produce outcomes based on incorrect information and interpretation of the results, or even produce outcomes atypical of the overall assessment process.  There are however some preventative measures that can be put in to place.  » Read more: How to Maintain Objectivity When Assessing

Reach your Potential, Higher and Beyond

June 18th, 2015

What are High Performance and High Potential employees?

Organisations are constantly seeking to improve their workforce by employing and retaining ‘higher performing and output’ employees.  However few organisations understand what High Potential Talent looks like in their organisation or that employee success can be defined in two ways; High Performance and High Potential.

» Read more: Reach your Potential, Higher and Beyond

Does Our Unconscious Rule Us or Do We Rule Our Unconscious?

June 16th, 2015

As coaches we encourage our clients to shift the responsibility of control to the conscious individual from our unconscious selves so that they take ownership and responsibility for decisions. However we need to answer some of the following questions in order to make sure that we are coaching our clients in the right direction:

• Thinking hard is good; or Thinking intuitively is good?
• Unconscious thinking is OK; Thinking consciously is better?
• Our brains are controlling us; so we need to have more conscious control of ourselves?
» Read more: Does Our Unconscious Rule Us or Do We Rule Our Unconscious?

My internship at Zircon and TalentGene

June 11th, 2015

After completing my masters in Occupational Psychology, I learned about work experience opportunities at Zircon. I was keen to apply as Zircon specialises in all the areas I was most interested in and thought it would be a great opportunity to get a taste of what it would be like working in a consultancy. After submitting a covering letter and CV, I had an initial interview with Martha about my motivations and a second competency based interview with Raj. The final stage was to complete a research and proofing task. I was delighted to learn that » Read more: My internship at Zircon and TalentGene

Wash Ups

February 20th, 2015

For the past 15 years Zircon have been working with clients to design, implement and validate Assessment Centres (ACs) for recruitment, development and promotion. There are two types of AC; Traditional Assessment and Development Events and Executive Assessment and Development Events. Traditional Events are where each assessor sees a number of candidates by assessing different candidates in every exercise whilst Executive Events are where the assessors stay with their candidates throughout the exercises and therefore see them develop, change and grow throughout the event. » Read more: Wash Ups

On the Shoulders of Giants

February 12th, 2015

Personality research and in particular the research into Individual Differences has played a central role in the history of British Psychology. Especially in Britain, this area of personality has been dominated by the contributions of two of the most prolific and well-cited psychologists in the world – Hans Eysenck and Jeffrey Gray. Eysenck’s tripartite division of personality (the Giant Three model) was a launching point: Extraversion (E), Neuroticism (N) and Psychoticism (P). » Read more: On the Shoulders of Giants

Walk and Talk!

February 9th, 2015

We are often reminded of the benefits of exercise, which researchers continue to investigate. Some of these benefits include: positive mood states (Craft and Perna, 2004), lower levels of anxiety and depression (Stephens, 1988), and lowered risk of numerous chronic diseases (Blair and Morris, 2009). As indicated, the benefits are both physiological and psychological, and so exercise, it seems, is as good for the mind as it is the body. Here at Zircon we embrace this in our unique approach to coaching which couples the benefits of exercise with those of coaching. An approach which has shown to be both effective and popular with our clients. » Read more: Walk and Talk!