clashes in the workplace are costing businesses millions of pounds
in lost productivity, low morale and poor staff retention,
according to a people assessment company.
Talent Q has labelled incidents in which mismatched personalities
affect a company's success as 'dysfunctional office
Graduates may be interested to learn that
occupational psychologist Richard MacKinnon claims up to 25 per
cent of the many hundreds of businesses he has worked with have
shown signs of the syndrome.
However, he notes that many organisations are now taking
appropriate steps to ensure that their business is not
"Every organisation knows that finding the right balance of skills
and experience is key to success," he said.
"But it's every bit as important that you get the right mix of
personality types too."
He went on to say that the best managers "do this instinctively" by
ascertaining whether a candidate will "fit in" to the working
Mr MacKinnon concluded that having a strong assessment process can
help to "prevent disaster" in the workplace.
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