Recently, The JDL Group’s founder and CEO, Jared D. Lock, Ph.D, was a guest webinar presenter for Validity Screening Solutions on the topic of employee derailment.

Employe derailment is defined as the tendency to engage in a particular set of behaviors that can limit or undermine effectiveness — in other words, doing things that screw up your own performance.  Employees most often derail under stress or in novel situations.  While some derailing behaviors extend from nefarious circumstances, many often result from positive characteristics taken to the extreme — e.g., too much self-confidence can be perceived as arrogant or perhaps feedback resistant.

Carey Parks, Director of Compliance at Validity Screening Solutions indicated, “This was one of our best attended webinars yet. I thought it went great and we have already had several follow-up requests as a result of this presentation. Even though I knew what was going to be presented, Dr. Lock’s style compelled me to listen and I even learned a few things. I thought it went very well”.

Employee derailment is a real issue that will impact virtually all employees at some point in their career.

“We all have some derailment tendencies … employees will react negatively under stress and pressure at some point in their careers. As such, as a manager or HR Professional, your role is not to be the judge and jury, but instead understand these stress reactions and find a way to either mitigate the reaction or to work through the scenario to a more predictable conclusion,” explains Dr. Lock.

The JDL Group’s Whole Person Assessment is one of only a handful of well-validated, pre-employment assessments on the market that allow employers to take proactive measures. It is critical to gain this data during the selection process because derailers rarely show up during the interview process. For more information, please contact The JDL Group.