To team or not to team

Match employees and work environment with PsychTests' new Team Player Test

MONTREAL, CANADA -- November 13, 2002, a leader in web-based psychological testing, has added the Team Player Test to its extensive collection of 93 career, personality, IQ, health and relationship tests. The Team Player career test assesses the test-taker's preferred work orientation. It determines whether the test takers would be most efficient working alone or as part of a team. "No matter what the education, experience, or training a person has, if they have a strong preference for independent work, assigning them to a team will be unproductive and costly," suggests Dr. Ilona Jerabek, head of the research team that developed the assessment. "When you assign people to jobs that match their work orientation, you avoid unnecessary stress, tension, conflict, and costly employee turnover." Essentially, the Team Player Test taps individualistic versus collectivist orientation. The test has a wide range of applications. HR departments can use the test to assign their team players and solo performers to the appropriate jobs, to determine employee's strengths and limitations, and to identify and address possible teamwork concerns. Individuals can use it to assess their needs and preferences, to discern any team membership limitations, and to get help with career path development.

Employee + Preferred Work Environment = Job Satisfaction & Increased Productivity

To team or not to team…that is the question. Although teamwork has quickly become the 'mode vivendi' for many companies, managers must choose their team members carefully. Assigning someone who has an individual orientation to a workgroup limits the teams' likelihood to achieve the levels of cooperation and productivity necessary for success. A poorly built team is draining in terms of time, energy and morale - on corporate and individual levels. When creating work teams, a preferred work orientation cannot be ignored. Véronique Sylvain, developer of the test explains, "Some individuals are independent thinkers who do not like depending on others and actually produce less in group situations. Others favor a collaborative and supportive work environment and aren't as productive on solitary tasks. The key is to discover employee preferences and to use this insight to explore their potential to the fullest. Success has everything to do with focusing on what's brilliant about your employees and under which circumstances each employee shines."

What's troubling potential team players? Discover Common Teamwork Concerns

Along with an overall work preference assessment, the Team Player Test breaks down the test-takers' team membership potential by measuring motivation, general attitude toward teamwork, both interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, and concerns they have regarding the teamwork process. This in-depth assessment provides management with valuable information for better HR planning. Addressing the concerns an employee may have about teamwork, for instance, can shift his/her preference and make teamwork much more appealing.

What does the Team Player Test measure?

The Team Player Test is comprised of 86 realistic work-related situational questions. The report offers a detailed personalized interpretation, showing the test-taker's preferred work orientation, team membership strengths and limitations, and practical tips on turning an individual into a team player. "From the HR manager's perspective, the Team Player Test provides objective, standardized information that is difficult to glean from a regular interview, and that is invaluable in making informed HR decisions," explains Dr. Jerabek. On a personal level, employees can use the interpretation to discover where their team membership strengths and weaknesses lie. At the same time, they can learn how to overcome their teamwork concerns and become stronger, empowered and flexible.

The Team Player Test is only one of many tools for employee testing available on Other tests cover factors such as leadership potential, readiness for promotion, risk for burnout and stress-related problems, success likelihood, sales personality, conflict and anger management, communication skills and power issues, just to name a few. The site also hosts a vast collection of intelligence, personality, health and relationship tests that can be used to supplement employee assistance and training programs. A team of psychologists, statisticians, and experts on research methods and artificial intelligence collaborated to develop PsychTests' impressive battery of assessment tools. Each test undergoes large-scale studies that yield a plethora of normative, validity and reliability data. and ARCH Profile: Precision HRM in action not only provides the tests, but also offers ARCH Profile, a sophisticated database system, to manage the test results. ARCH Profile Manager allows HR departments, psychologists and researchers to save and view their clients' results, in an individual or aggregated form, on's assessments. They can track progress, display graphs and organize client/employee information. Essentially, the system serves as a flexible, easy-to-use online testing center - one that can be customized to satisfy the requirements of any organization.

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By bringing state-of-the-art tests to new markets, carries on the Plumeus tradition. The site's team of psychologists, statisticians, and artificial intelligence specialists are committed to advancing psychology and technology by providing mental health professionals and HR managers with assessment tools of the highest quality.

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  • A leader and authority in psychological testing, with over six years of experience online
  • Developed ARCH Profile, a sophisticated database system with an interactive interface that allows HR specialists to manage employee testing with unprecedented ease
  • To ensure accuracy, PsychTests uses rigorous scientific methods, and tests are subjected to large-scale validation and reliability studies with tens of thousands of participants
  • A valuable research tool for more than 5000 academics, marketers and HR managers worldwide
  • Used as a resource on HR, government, educational, and media sides (BBC, Discovery Health)
  • One of the most linked-to websites in the world
  • Average of 1.5 million unique visits per month to PsychTests and

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