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Adaptability Quotient Assessments & Training

As a disposition and skill, adaptability is essential to an individual’s psychological health, social success, and academic or workplace achievement.

– National Institutes for Health, 2015

Future-proof Your Organization with a Focus on Adaptability

In today’s rapidly changing world, the need to be future-proof is more important than ever and every company and person must adapt to survive. A 2020 World Economic Forum report and 2021 research by McKinsey and Company predict that due to the acceleration of automation brought on by the pandemic:

  • 85 million jobs will be displaced by 2025
  • 97 million new jobs will be created by 2025
  • 40% of jobs that exist today will not exist in 10 years
  • 375 million people may need to switch occupations and learn new skills

The pressure for people to upskill & reskill to retain their value or find new employment is a global and industry wide problem and opportunity. However, even for those with secure employment, the massive disruptions of recent years has contributed to a modern landscape in which depression & anxiety cost the global economy $1 trillion in lost productivity every year, according to the World Health Organization. 

Against this backdrop, ‘Adaptability’ and its dimensions such as ‘Resilience’ have become the most in-demand and valuable skills needed in the modern workplace, even outranking technology skills and emotional intelligence, according to the 2021 LinkedIn Workplace Learning Report.

The stakes are high — failure to adapt costs money, impacts performance, fuels mental health problems, can lead to job loss, and kills companies.

Are You Hiring for Adaptability?

The days of hiring for past job experience and current skills are quickly fading. The most crucial employee attributes that will impact your company’s future do not show up on a resume. Do you know what to look for and how to accurately assess for it?

Who adapts and why? How and to what degree does someone adapt? When does someone adapt and how quickly? These questions can be answered by measuring Adaptability Quotient (AQ) with AQai, an intelligent algorithm platform that measures, understands and improves an individual’s or team’s AQ. This scientifically valid tool measures the 17 dimensions of adaptability, including grit, mental flexibility, motivation style, thinking style, and emotional range, within the categories of ability, character, and environment. 

The value of an instrument that measures adaptability is that it provides real insights into a person’s resilience and ability to cope with complex environments. Knowing a person’s AQ also gets at the two components of grit: perseverance and passion.

Adaptability is Measurable & Trainable

Employers want to hire people with grit who are resilient enough to steadfastly confront challenges and setbacks. AQ helps talent managers put the right people in the right jobs and also measures areas which need to be improved — so that they can be equipped with training and education. Disruption puts a premium on learning for both individuals and organizations.  Learning puts a premium on adaptation, resilience, creativity, and innovation. Disruption is normal and will continue at a punishing rate.  Resilient, adaptable leaders are best suited to this environment. Our AQ instrument helps companies find these leaders.

AQ measures the abilities, characteristics, and environmental factors that impact the successful behaviors and actions of people and organizations to effectively respond to uncertainty, new information, or changed circumstances. The higher the AQ, the more likely the individual will be able to recover from setbacks, find alternative solutions to problems, and embrace change.

In short, measuring AQ provides clarity on who, how, when, and why people adapt, with a range of implications for hiring, training, retention, business outcomes, and beyond such as:

  • Data to help you recruit & identify high-adapters so you can build a top-performing team capable of meeting the unknown future
  • Relevant learning opportunities that maximize adaptability in leadership development and promote executive learning and readiness
  • Insights to help you promote effectively by matching AQ competencies to roles
  • The ability to identify those at risk and provide support to reskill and upskill
  • Removed guesswork as you build more effective innovation teams to drive breakthroughs
  • Awareness so you can reduce workplace stress and overwhelm
  • Insights to drive transformational change and boost change management success

Building Highly Adaptable Workforces at Speed & at Scale

Future-proofing your workforce does not end with understanding who is adaptable and why. The crucial next step is to develop your team through effective and scalable adaptability coaching and training that moves beyond traditional learning methods to meet learners where they are through an AI-powered, cutting edge platform experience that is personalized, responsive, available 24/7, and proven to increase AQ. 

Through our partnership with AQai technology, HigherEchelon offers teams a cutting edge learning experience that includes:

  • Interactive and engaging AI powered conversations throughout modules
  • Personalized 1:1 coaching and training at scale
  • The ability to view your AQ score and insights in the dashboard
  • Personalized and actional insights to improve your AQ score
  • Included videos and resources to help improve adaptability
  • Team reports – including distribution analysis and powerful filters
  • Valuable data to inform critical decisions

This platform is relevant for employees ranging from those who have just started working at a new company to those who have been working in their current job for 40 years. It also shows employers the specific AQ profiles and scores across their team, and supports transformations for learning and development whether it’s to upskill or reskill.


Ready to Learn More?

Don’t wait any longer to optimize your team for the future. HigherEchelon is a trusted partner who will guide you and your team toward a resilient and adaptable future through expertise that helps organizations win in the complex modern business environment. Our team has extensive experience providing resilience and adaptability training and education and holds graduate degrees (i.e., Ph.D., M.A., M.S.) in Sport and Performance Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology. We have worked with C-Level executives, senior government/military professionals, surgeons, professional sports teams, government civilians, and business professionals to unlock potential, productivity, and overall work performance for the entire organization.

Call us at 866-488-9228 or fill out this form to learn more and get started.