Have you ever heard or said the following about new people in your organisation?

People can look great when being interviewed, but sometimes they do not fit with the role and organisation

“She was a good individual performer, but really did not work well with the team”


“He didn’t do things the way we do them around here”


“She looked great in the interview but has not performed well once on board”


“I hired this great person with heaps of experience and a track record of sales success but they left after 6 months as they did not fit with our organisation”

Observation 1

  • While skills and knowledge are necessary for successful job performance they are not sufficient.
  • Successful people also need the right personal attributes to succeed and they need to fit with the organisation.

Observation 2

  • Most people hire employees on the basis of skills and Observations about most recruitment practicesknowledge
  • Yet most people fire people or consider them unsuitable because of their personal attributes.

Observation 3

  • The prime reason behind 85% of turnover is organisational incompatibility
  • We have situations where the employee can do the job, but they just don’t fit in - with the boss, with other employees or with the organisational culture.  

Niche Consulting's Competency Approach

Niche Competency Model

In this model of on-the-job performance you can have someone who may be individually performing, but if their contextual performance is poor, they still may not be seen to be performing well in all areas. 

Competency frameworks are now seen as the building blocks for achieving organisational performance through focusing on and reviewing an individual’s capability and potential.  Competency profiling helps organisations to:

  • Identify the desired behaviours required to be successful in a role
  • Identify the contextual performance required to be a good employee
  • Have these behaviours described in specific and observable terms

Defining what you need in people should be more than the skills and knowledge which are only the tip of the iceburg

In addition, a competency framework can be a key element in any change management process by setting up new organisational requirements and desired behaviours. 

An effective competency framework has applications across a wide range of human resource management and development activities including:

  • Best practice Recruitment and Selection processes – Selecting the best people who fit with the role competencies and organisational culture.  Interviewing, referee checking and psychometric tests should all link to the competencies for the role.   This ensures both fairness and legal defensibility of the recruitment process.
  • Training and development – making sure we target development activities to their current and future roles
  • Performance management – giving feedback and coaching on the targeted competencies ensures both individual performance and contextual performance are covered
  • Retention – by selecting the right people who fit the values, culture and role best, we can improve retention of individuals
  • Succession management – making sure we identify talent and develop it for future roles

Niche Consulting has worked with clients to develop their Selecting the essential competencies, rather than trying to have too many "nice to have" competenciesown competency framework and for clients who prefer to use a generic framework, we have our own rigorous and ready to use model. 

We assist clients to define the competencies for a role by doing a competency profiling exercise which is comprised of a “competency card sort”, using the Niche competencies and key client personnel.

Our framework has over 70 competencies in it under the following 9 sub groups. Each competency is defined overall and also has behavioural definitions for up to 4 different complexity levels.

The 7 sub groups in the Niche competency framework: Competencies link to many areas of HRM

  • Analytical
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Quality, Improvement and Innovation
  • Motivation and Results

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