Impact Georgia Magazine July - Page 8

ASSESSMENT CENTER

In March, an assessment center for employees of the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) was opened. The center exists for anyone aspiring to move into a select set of job titles within the agency. Individuals are able to go through the center and are rated and assessed to determine if they have the qualifications and skillsets to be able to perform at that job level.

An assessment center is a location where an individual comes to participate in exercises that are used to identify individual strengths and weaknesses for a specific purpose. The process of individual assessment includes both standardized and objective forms of evaluation, which allows individuals to determine strengths and weaknesses as they go through various job functions.

Multiple assessment techniques are used in the assessment center. One of these techniques includes simulation exercises. These exercises are developed to tap a variety of predetermined behaviors and have been pre-tested prior to use to ensure that the techniques provide reliable, objective, and relevant behavioral information for the organization. The dimensions, attributes, characteristic, or qualities evaluated by the assessment center are determined by an analysis of relevant job behaviors.

For more information about the Assessment Center at GDC, contact the Human Resources division.

By Wendy Howell

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Officer Payton started his career with the Georgia Department of Corrections in April of 2016 at Colwell Probation Detention Center in Blairsville. In May of 2017, Officer Payton transferred to Lee Arrendale State Prison. Since coming to Lee Arrendale, he has displayed an outstanding work ethic and is always available to work any post whenever needed, without complaint.

While working on the perimeter Officer Payton discovered contraband that had been thrown over the fence. Officer Payton followed protocol and promptly alerted staff of his find. Officer Payton is also a Field Training Officer who trains cadets and On-the Job Trainees through practical exercises, about policies and procedures. As an FTO, he is often the person that motivates other officers to do the right thing and encourages cadets and officers with positive affirmations. He is an asset to the facility and the department.

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