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Tips, tricks and solutions from the team at PSB Solutions. We offer solutions in regards to people, safety, and business.

Getting the Right Person for the Job

PSB Solutions - Monday, January 19, 2015

For many people, hiring staff can be a hit and miss affair. Maybe you interview your candidate, speak to their old managers and, more than you’d like to admit, you listen to your “gut feel”. This approach can lead to good hiring decisions; it can also lead to the employee from hell. Psychometric Assessments, however, offer an objective assessment device that allows you to assess potential candidates on a range of relevant abilities and personal characteristics, and compare them against a large pool of similar individuals.

Why use Psychometric Assessments?

In a fast-changing and increasingly competitive market place, selecting, developing and retaining the best talent is vital for long-term success. Likewise, avoiding the costs associated with hiring the wrong candidate is also important. To ensure the best available talent is being hired, more and more businesses are using psychometric assessments to guide their recruitment process. The reason for this is simple: psychology research consistently shows that abilities assessments are a strong predictor of future job success, when used in combination with interviews, reference checks, bio data and assessment centres (Schmidt and Hunter, 1998).

The Assessments

To assess candidates’ potential performance, and to identify the most talented individuals already working for you, PSB Solutions offer a series of assessments that can be utilised and customised to the specific job type and organisational culture. PSB Solutions assessment suite includes:

  • Personality assessments. These are used to identify desirable traits required for the job (such as team work, stress management etc.).
  • Aptitude and ability assessments (graduate and manager level). These are used to provide insight into how well the candidate can manage the intellectual demands of the job position.
  • Career preferences. These are used to support decision making in terms of career development.
  • Values and motives. These are used to provide insight into how a person's values and motivations may impact their success within a job role.

If you would like to know more about how psychometric assessments can improve your selection and recruitment process, do not hesitate to give one of our friendly staff members a call on (08) 6272 3900.


1. Schmidt, F.L. and Hunter, J.E. (1998). The validity and utility of selection methods in personnel psychology. Practical and theoretical implications of 85 years of research findings. Psychological Bulletin, 142, 262-274.

Great Parents at a Great Distance - Staying Connected

PSB Solutions - Thursday, October 30, 2014

Here are some tips on ways that you can stay involved in your children’s life even though you are  working away.

Stay in Touch

A study of 32 long distance families stressed that frequent contact was important for maintaining relationships1. Your family is only a phone call away, so try to avoid saving things up for when you are reunited, and take the time to spend a few minutes on the phone each night.

Even something small like a text message saying: “I love you” or “How are you?” once you’re back at your accommodation shows your kids that, even though you’re away, you are still thinking of and supporting them.

Stay Interested

A parent’s level of interest is incredibly important for a child at any age. A parent who does not show interest in their child’s life is not going to have the same relationship as one who shows that they are thinking about their child, interested in what is happening in their day, their hobbies and friendships. It is important while you’re away that you make an extra effort to remember significant events and dates such as school activities and birthdays, and remember to ask your children about them. It may help if you write important dates down as your kids talk about them. This can help you remember what to ask them about the next time you speak.


Kids love surprises!

Leave a little something behind under your children’s pillows; it could be a little note or an inexpensive gift that can mean a lot. A great tip for a surprise is to look online for businesses where you live and order goodies to be delivered to your house such as pizza for dinner. This is a great idea and it’s easy and creative; you can pay over the phone and it lets the kids know mum or dad is thinking of them.

Being “there” for your kids on you Rest & Restoration (R&R) break

It’s also very important to look after yourself while you’re on site, make sure you eat well, and get enough exercise and sleep. You want to have the energy for your family when you get back for your R&R and not feel burnt out.

Get with It!

If you have internet access, it’s definitely worth ‘getting with the technology’. There are plenty of ways to keep in the loop with what’s happening back home. Impress your kids by using the latest technology, the most popular internet communication sites at the moment are Facebook, Skype, and Twitter, to name a few.

E-cards are great if you don’t get the chance to send a card in the post for a special occasion. Another cheap and effective idea is to email photos, mini-films or newsletters to show your family what life is like away from home.



  1. Gallegos, D (2006). Aero planes always come back: fly-in fly-out employment: managing the parenting transitions. Perth: Centre for Social and Community Research, Murdoch University.


Managing Error in High Risk Industries Through Human Performance Improvement

PSB Solutions - Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Human error is an inevitable aspect of being human. Therefore, a proactive approach to error management is through the development of error tolerant systems. As quoted by James Reason, "It is now widely held among human reliability specialists that the most productive strategy for dealing with active errors is to focus upon controlling their consequences rather than upon striving for their elimination” (Reason, p. 246). Download our presentation on 'Managing Error in High Risk Industries through Human Performance Improvement' here to find out more. 

News: Updated Brochures and Branding

PSB Solutions - Monday, March 25, 2013

PSB has new brochures and branding!

If you’ve received an email or business card from us lately, you might notice that we’re sporting a new logo and colour design. We’re also excitedly working on redesigning our website to fit the new theme, which we’re planning to launch in the near future.

We’ve also produced a new series of brochures showcasing our product suite. They’re available for download in PDF format - alternatively, you can send us an email at and we’ll be happy to send out an information pack to you.

You can download our brochures below:

An Introduction to PSB Solutions (899kb)

Blue Pulse Safety Climate Survey

Psychometric Assessments (164kb)

Behaviour-Based Safety for Employees (164kb)

Behaviour-Based Safety for Leaders (182kb)

Fatigue Management Essentials (175kb)

Frontline Leadership Workshop (181kb)

Safety Leadership Development Program (511kb)

Introduction to Safety Leadership (188kb)

The Psychology of Safety for Safety Advisors (282kb)

The Psychology of Stress One-Day Workshop (192kb)

The Psychology of Stress Seminar Series (227kb)

Define and Develop Your Safety Culture (180kb)

Managing the Fatigue of Staff (175kb)

We'd love to hear from you on (08) 9489 3900 if you'd like more information.

Thanks to Mark at Razoreye Design for our new look.