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Competency Atlas

Changing strategies, digitization and intensifying market competition require you to look closely at your competencies. Do you have a framework that aligns your organization’s goals with your talent? The right competency framework can inspire change, set leadership expectations and help develop and identify key talent.

Where business and human goals meet

Identifying the right employee competencies is imperative for meeting business challenges such as growth, mergers and acquisitions, and shifts in business focus or organizational transformation. An effective employee competency architecture provides definition and scope for core, leadership, and functional skills. Assessing employee competencies helps drive progress and performance in career management programs by defining the desired behaviors, knowledge and skills that complement business goals and objectives.

The Willis Towers Watson Competency Atlas

Our Competency Atlas® is a comprehensive reference of traits and technical skills covering the full spectrum of employee, manager and leader behaviors within an organization. The Competency Atlas, aligned with our talent assessment capabilities, addresses our clients' changing business environments and needs. It incorporates the latest trends and thinking in competency management.

Organizations can use our Competency Atlas as a resource for building organization-wide leadership and functional competency models tied to business strategy and results, or for refreshing existing models to reflect the changing work environment. The employee competencies and technical skills within Competency Atlas are scaled to support and define career progression at various levels such as entry level, mid-manager and senior leadership.

Full suite of competency services

Our Competency Atlas Suite supports all aspects of an integrated talent management cycle including a selection of competencies and an establishing link with performance management, employee development and leadership effectiveness.

The suite contains:

  • Core module — Definitions of 28 organizational and leadership competencies with observable, measurable behaviors outlined for each
  • Functional module — Libraries of competencies and technical skills for 18 functional areas (e.g., Information Technology, Research and Development, Engineering) that can be applied across function or by job family within the function
  • Wave Assessment — A psychometric assessment that measures an individual's motives, preferences, needs and potential, available for a subset of the core competencies

Plus these enabling materials:

  • Card deck — Tool that facilitates selection from the core module's 28 organization-wide and leadership competencies through a sorting process
  • Guide to personal success module — Outline of developmental experiences and opportunities for all 28 competencies in the core module
  • Behavioral event interview module — Behavioral interview questions for all 28 competencies in the core module
  • 360-assessment instruments — Assessment to gather feedback on employees' proficiency of competencies and identify development opportunities
  • E-learning certification — Training module with eight chapters describing all of the products and applications in the suite

Competencies play an integral role in bringing an organization's values and culture to life, creating impact for both the organization and its talent. Our competency modules and suite of services are designed to help catalyze change into experiences that engage talent, so you can get the most from your people.

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