Characteristics of a Well-Designed Competency Framework
Whether you have a competency framework, or are looking to create a new one, there are a number of characteristics that represent what ‘good looks like’. To help you determine the extent to which your framework is aligned to best practice principles we would suggest considering your answers to the questions below:
- Does the framework align to your organisation’s vision and strategy?
Competency frameworks need to adapt and change as organisational strategy shifts. Too often competency frameworks are not reviewed or validated to ensure alignment.
- Is the framework structure aligned to your needs?
This includes evaluating whether the number of competency levels is sufficient and if particular competencies are only relevant for certain roles or levels.
- Is the framework content clear and accessible?
The language in the framework needs to be simple, observable and in a language that individuals can relate to.
If your answers to the questions above leave you unsure, your competency framework is more than two years old, or you have recently had a significant shift in organisational strategy, it is recommended that you progress a review to ensure you are driving the right behaviours to achieve objectives.
Our ‘Competency Framework Best Practice Guide’ will help you with your review:
The SHL 4-stage process to competency framework design is a tried and tested methodology that brings together best practice rigour and our latest contextual research that links behaviours and performance in context.