Every job or function can be described in terms of key human capabilities. This means that they can be used for all forms of assessment and evaluation, including performance appraisal, training needs analysis, recruitment and career planning and development.
A capability is an attribute, knowledge, skill, ability or other characteristic that contributes to a person’s effectiveness.
Human capabilities are observable and measurable ‘soft skills’ (e.g., teamwork, cooperation or communication). They can be cognitive or behavioural in nature.
Across the world, businesses and governments have established different capability names, numbers and descriptions to serve as a common language for what people need to do in different functions – such as manage our jobs, our homes, or our lives in general.
How it Works
The 31 human capabilities that form the default framework of the AbilityMap system fall into 8 groups that broadly define all the human things people do in work. AbilityMap has leveraged the Australian government’s capability grouping and associated research.
Planning & Organising
Initiative & Enterprise
The importance of Capabilities to Business Performance
Capabilities are critical in the evaluation of individuals and teams
They provide a simple way to describe what people need in work
They are effective at specifying the capabilities required for different roles or functions
Capability insights identify where human capital investment is needed and how to optimise its return.
The secret to increasing productivity and employee satisfaction is understanding the human capabilities that enable someone to be successful. To find out how to do that, give us a call.
“Like many large organisations, Federal and State governments have developed unique Capability Frameworks to evaluate candidates and their workforces. AbilityMap’s innovative platform enables me to evaluate and present executive candidates against these frameworks and in the language my customers speak.”
Questions about the AbilityMap Capability Framework
AbilityMap’s capability framework includes transferrable human capabilities, literacy, numeracy and problem-solving. Our framework does not assess technical skills or validate qualifications such as certifications and licenses. Our software focuses on ‘soft skills’ rather than ‘hard skills’ and complements the myriad of tools available to cover the technical skills assessments.
If we think of responsibilities within a role as what gets done, capabilities refer to how things get done. Sure, it’s great if someone achieves high results for the company, but not if it causes carnage for the rest of the team to fix. This is the benefit of using a capability framework in your business. It allows you to understand which capabilities are important for high performance in your workplace and recruit candidates who naturally align with those. There are many benefits to aligning individual strengths to roles, including increased retention, performance, productivity, engagement and wellbeing.
AbilityMap’s framework can map to existing, similar frameworks, so that your organisation’s language is reflected throughout the platform including reporting and results. Alternatively, for frameworks that concentrate on a specific function, such as leadership, AbilityMap can complement these specialised frameworks by providing a comprehensive framework for those roles outside of the leadership function.