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Assessment Tools

About Assessment Tools

Why Assessment Tools

The Laboratory encourages employees to continuously learn and develop professional skills. Assessment tools help you identify areas to focus on for personal and professional development and give you a better understanding of how you work with others. Teams can also use these assessments to help understand differences between members and open up constructive dialogue on how to work together most effectively.

Who Benefits

  • Individual employees who want to gain professional or personal insights
  • Supervisors who want to identify employee areas for development
  • Teams who want to increase their effectiveness

How to Use the Tools

You’ll access each tool online, then answer a series of simple questions in fewer than 30 minutes.  You can keep your results private or choose to discuss them with your peers or supervisor, depending on your personal preferences.

Available Tools

For More Information

  • All employees: for general information and ordering instructions, contact Emalynn Robinson at erobinson@lbl.gov or x7001
  • Supervisors: to discuss how to use assessments for employee development and/or team building, contact your Division HR Division Partner.


Team Role Assessment

Description       

Since Ernest Orlando Lawrence opened his “Rad Lab” in 1931, interdisciplinary teamwork has been the cornerstone of discovery at Berkeley Lab. The Team Dimensions Profile helps you understand your most natural role on a team, learn about the value that other team members bring, and explore how to make the most of each team member’s natural talents.  This online instrument takes about 10 minutes to complete.  Results are compiled into a personal, printable profile and report, available immediately after completion. 

Focus of the Assessment

The Team Dimension Profile identifies the key roles that you and other team members tend to play on a team:

  • Creator: Generates original concepts, goes beyond the obvious, and sees the big picture. Hands off tasks to an Advancer.
  • Advancer: Recognizes new opportunities, develops ways to promote ideas, and moves toward implementation. Hands off tasks to a Refiner.
  • Refiner: Challenges and analyzes ideas to detect potential problems; may hand plans back to an Advancer or Creator before handing off tasks to an Executor.
  • Executor: Lays the groundwork for implementation, manages the details, and moves the process to completion.

Potential Uses

  • Individuals: to capitalize on your strengths so you can help improve overall team function and performance
  • Supervisors or team leads: to better understand employees’ unique talents and place them in the most appropriate team roles
  • Leaders and members of new teams: to determine everyone’s preferred role on the team, learn about each other and develop a plan to work together
  • Leaders and members of existing teams: to better divide tasks or find alternatives to current methods of working together

How to Access this Assessment

  • Contact your supervisor to obtain approval. Ask for your department’s project ID number. The cost of each assessment is $32.99.
  • Contact your local administrative assistant or resource analyst to determine the procurement process for your division, and provide the project ID number.
  • Your division representative will need to order the assessment online, here.
  • The assessment link and access code will be emailed to your division representative once the order is processed. Ask the representative to forward the email to you.

For a sample report from this assessment, go here


Organization Skills Assessment

Description

Results of the Laboratory’s employee surveys and 360° reviews of leaders indicate that organization skills and time management continue to surface as a top need at all levels. This assessment helps you understand your organization skills in both work and personal life.  You’ll take the assessment online, in 25 minutes or less.  Immediately after you finish the assessment, you’ll receive the results online, along with helpful tips and recommendations. 

Assessment Tools

This assessment evaluates your level of organization skills in the following areas:

  • Time management
  • Neatness
  • Self-motivation
  • Cognitive organization
  • Strategies

Potential Uses

  • Increase your awareness of your current level of organization skills
  • Identify areas for development
  • Use advice from the report to help you improve your efficiency and accuracy

Who Would Benefit from Taking this Assessment

  • Employees interested in understanding their strengths and areas for development regarding  organization skills

How to Access this Assessment

  • Contact your supervisor to obtain approval. Ask for your department’s project ID number. The cost of each assessment is $10.00.
  • To request the assessment, send an email to Emalynn Robinson at erobinson@lbl.gov indicating which assessment you want to take and providing the project ID number. 
  • Emalynn will email you the assessment link and permission code.  Your assessment results are confidential.  Berkeley Lab Learning Institute will receive a copy, but the results will be shredded and not shared with anyone.

For a sample report from this assessment, go here.


Creative Problem Solving Assessment

Description       

Creativity is essential to groundbreaking research discovery in a world-class operation. This assessment helps you understand your overall problem-solving skills and assess whether your attitude and the manner in which you approach problems are conducive to creativity. You’ll take the assessment online, in about 15 to 20 minutes. Immediately after you finish the assessment, you’ll receive the results online, along with helpful tips and recommendations. 

Assessment Tools

The assessment evaluates your creative problem solving abilities in the following areas:

  • Comfort with decision-making: whether you need reassurance from others when making decisions, and how confident you are about your choice once you’ve made it
  • Flexibility: whether your attitude towards problem solving is open-minded and flexible, or you tend to impose limitations on the process
  • Openness to creativity:  your overall attitude toward change, innovative solutions, and out-of-the-box thinking
  • Sense of self-efficacy:  your judgment and beliefs about your ability to solve a problem effectively

Potential Uses

  • Increase your awareness of the level of creativity you bring to problem-solving strategies
  • Identify areas for development
  • Use advice from the report to enhance your creative problem-solving abilities

Who Would Benefit from Taking this Assessment

  • Employees who want to identify strengths and areas for development regarding creative problem solving

How to Access this Assessment

  • Contact your supervisor to obtain approval. Ask for your department’s project ID number. The cost of each assessment is $10.00.
  • To request the assessment, send an email to Emalynn Robinson at erobinson@lbl.gov indicating which assessment you want to take and providing the project ID number. 
  • Emalynn will email you the assessment link and permission code.  Your assessment results are confidential.  Berkeley Lab Learning Institute will receive a copy, but the results will be shredded and not shared with anyone.

For a sample report from this assessment, go here.