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Value and Uses of DACUM

After conducting DACUM Occupational Analyses for more than a decade, we've seen a myriad of uses for occupational analysis.  We also know DACUM Occupational Analyses consistently produce reliable, cost-efficient profiles in a timely manner.  The specific uses and additional value of these analyses can vary depending upon your organizational type. 

Business & Industry

An occupational analysis has a wide variety of valuable uses and they are becoming even more valuable in today's dynamic environment.  Today's businesses often find themselves operating on a foundation of shifting sand, requiring corporate flexiblity and nimbleness.  This, combined with the current economic climate, requires us to find new, creative ways to do more, with less.  We've seen this is a primary driver as to why many businesses are strategically and creatively changing how they do business.   We're also seeing groups rethink how they recruit, retain, and train their most valuable assets - their people.

An occupational analysis is most commonly used for defining current jobs.  This  information is then used to develop training, job descriptions, etc.  However, with the fast-paced environment in which we live, it is also used to project what duties, tasks, knowledge and skills will be needed for a particular job in the future. 

Common Uses by Business & Industry
  1. Create Educational Programming & Training
  2. Create a Professional Development Plan
  3. Develop a Professional Curriculum
  4. Develop Employment Selection Criteria
  5. Establish/Review Industry Standards
  6. Evaluate Job Descriptions and Performance Evaluations
  7. Identify Future Workforce Needs
  8. Identify What Employees Really Do, Versus What Management Thinks They Do
  9. Prioritize Training and Professional Development Opportunities
Value of DACUM Occupational Analysis for Business & Industry
  1. Capitalize on Relevant Trends
  2. Effectively Leverage Resources
  3. Enlightening Data for Strategic Planning
  4. Improve Financial Performance
  5. Obtain a Clear Picture of Current Workplace Reality
  6. Recruit the Right People for the Right Job
  7. Retain High Performing Workers
  8. Streamline Operations
  9. Strengthen Industry Standards

Colleges & Universities

Business and industry are not the only ones experiencing a tidal wave of change.  Colleges and universities provide a direct workforce pipeline to these organizations and find themselves also adapting to the changing tides.   Educational institutions are preparing tomorrow's workers, making educators' jobs even more arduous.  By conducting occupational analysis and involving high performing incumbent workers, educators can keep curricula relevant to the current and future needs of business and industry.  This helps to keep colleges and universities on the forefront, ensuring they are preparing the high performing workers of tomorrow.

Common Uses by Colleges & Universities:
  1. Adjust Faculty Selection Criteria
  2. Develop or Refine Curricula
  3. Evaluate Textbooks and Instructional Materials
  4. Identify Faculty Training and Professional Development Opportunities
Value for Colleges & Universities
  1. Build Collaborative Industry Relationships
  2. Establish Graduates as Leaders in the Field
  3. Increase Student Enrollment and Retention
  4. Reinvigorate Programs, Faculty, and Students
  5. Validate Current Curricula
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