The Science Behind How People Think: Using Axiology in Assessments

Apr 07, 2015

The Science Behind How People Think

No two people are exactly alike. We are each unique individuals with unique ways of thinking. Our thinking directly influences our decisions and actions. Axiology is the science that studies how people think and determine value. It joins a mathematical system and the dimensions of value, which create an objective deductive science that measures how people value their world and themselves. Whether you realize it or not, you are constantly making comparisons, evaluating, and assigning value. You evaluate things, people, and even yourself.

To value is to set priorities. It is to choose one thing over another—assigning higher value to some things and lower value to others. We assign these valuations in a consistent pattern that is unique to us. This valuing process is actually one's pattern of thinking. It involves filtering, processing, storing, and analyzing data. It includes thinking about and discerning the different aspects of things, making judgments, and choosing. Our unique pattern of thinking and assigning value is called our value structure.

Why is it important to understand an individual's value structure?

  • Identify and address the sources of a person's strengths and weaknesses
  • Discover a person's motivations and drive sources
  • Recognize the causes of someone's natural stresses
  • Assess a person's partnership and team compatibility

Why is this relevant in the workplace? An organization's performance is tied to its employees. Companies with happy, motivated employees are often more successful than companies with employees who are disengaged from their work. In order to hire and retain the perfect person for each job, companies first need to identify top talent through prehire assessments and prehire testing. Companies must then develop that talent.

Preemployment assessments, preemployment testing, and posthire employee development that utilize axiology provide data for measuring an individual's biases and provide clarity in his or her thinking. The results are distinctive and useful for the following:

  • Preselection and selection of employment candidates
  • Assessment of current employees and groups of employees
    • Team building
    • Personal and managerial growth and development
    • Designing and measuring training specific to the needs of a group
    • Team design—assembling a team for a specific function
    • Monitoring acclimation of new employees
    • Partnership maximization
    • Problem employee counseling and training

Axiology-based assessments are successful because the words and phrases on the tests are formal representations, preventing the person taking the test from determining what is being measured and therefore preventing the possibility of false answers. Because of the simplicity of the instruments, people taking the tests do not experience stress that often accompanies other tests, and little skill and time are required to administer and take the tests.

Axiology is the proprietary basis for the most insightful methods of assessing potential and current employees. ZERORISK HR offers comprehensive, easy-to-understand assessments that enhance an organization's overall performance with bottom-line results. At our upcoming Public Behavioral Interview Training Workshops, we will discuss our proven guide to understanding and implementing effective behavioral interviewing techniques to identify top talent, improve your hiring return on investment, and increase your company's competitive edge in today's market.

ZERORISK helps organizations build great cultures by identifying, developing, and retaining top talent. The ZERORISK Hiring System blends a revolutionary behavioral science with state-of-the-art technology to reduce unwanted turnover and improve employee performance. For more information contact us at (800) 827-5991.

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