Why You Shouldn’t Employ An Overqualified Worker

How many of your employees are over skilled? According to CIPD half of UK workers are in the wrong role. In this blog we will explore the realities of hiring an unsuitable worker, with statistics from CIPD’s recent report ‘over-skilled and underused’.

They aren’t challenged

It may seem like hiring an over-skilled worker would bring an advantage to your company, as it is perceived they are able to perform the role with some ease. However, because they aren’t being regularly challenged they become demotivated in the role – leading to a decrease in their level of productivity. By contrast, workers whose potential is well-matched to their role feel their job has scope to:

  • Learn new things – 45% compared to 32% of over-skilled workers.
  • Tackle complex tasks – 52% compared to 40% of over-skilled workers.
  • Carry out interesting tasks – 56% – compared to 39% of over-skilled workers.

features predictive hr analytics Cognisess team fit headerThese elements suggest a better-matched employee will be a more productive one and will be constantly challenged to improve every day. At Cognisess we strive to identify and assess the qualities a role really demands of an individual when recruiting internally or externally- from emotional intelligence to task switching abilities. Our machine learning & AI engine will identify the best candidate who will thrive and prosper in a well-matched role.

They won’t advance in the company

22% of overskilled workers have been promoted in their current workplace compared to nearly a third of well-matched employees. It is interesting that overskilled workers have the potential to excel in the role, but their growth has been stunted from the unchallenging role.  The well-matched employee has been challenged by the elements of the job overskilled workers found easy and have been promoted. CEDEFOP found that being poorly matched to a role hurt employees long-term career prospects. Our machine learning & AI engine is able to predict the current and future performance of every applicant recruited through Cognisess Pro. This allows you to discover how a person would perform in the role before they are promoted – avoiding stifled progress for the individual and the company,

They are more likely to be stressed and leave

You may imagine an overqualified worker breezing through their work and solving problems with ease – but this is not the case. People who aren’t well matched to their job are more stressed. Overqualified employees will tend to be frustrated they can’t tackle challenges outside their job description. As a result, 22% of them are more likely to quit compared to well-matched employees at 12% churn rate.

It appears over-skilling decreases with age and job tenure, with 51% of 45+ workers matched to their jobs compared to 43% of 18-24’s. Although workers are challenged as they progress in their career, Cognisess believes we can dramatically increase this statistic among companies workforces. Cognisess helps many companies such as IHG and AB InBev discover graduates who are well matched to the roles advertised and to the cultures in which they will best operate within. We also help young people, graduates and apprentices in the very early period of their careers to find the pathway that best suits their ambitions, values and skills match with Yondur

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