Understanding the Psychology of Graphology: What does an Applicant’s or Employee’s Handwriting Say about their Work?
Deirdre Kamber Todd is the Partner with the Kamber Law Group, P.C., a next-generation law-firm located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Her areas of practice include business and employment law, antidiscrimination laws, LGBTQIA issues, medical marijuana, contracts, healthcare, and HIPAA. With numerous accolades for her work as an employment lawyer and litigator, Deirdre has been quoted or appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, SHRM National, Business Insurance Weekly, and PBS.
This program will cover the basics of graphology: how to read between the lines and assess employee's personalities based on their writing. We will cover specific traits, good and bad, found in employees hand writing, including, for example, employees as:
- Rule followers or rule breakers
- Time wasters or conscientious workers
- Long or short-day workers
- More honest or dishonest
- Likely to exhibit fraudulent tendencies
- Better at working with others or at solo projects
- More logical or more creative
- Many other personality traits
- Graphology: what is it?
- The basics of graphology
- What is sufficient to serve as a handwriting sample
- How to read letters, margins, and other aspects of the handwritten page
- Relevant individual letters and the traits they exhibit, and
- Some of the basics on forensic document analysis
Who Should Attend
All human resource experts, generalists and employees with human resource obligations
Why Should You Attend
We all collect handwritten documents from our employees for a variety of reasons: medical leave, witness statements, applications for employment, and for lots of other reasons. Unconsciously, we all reflect our personalities whenever we write – it is a thumbprint of our psyches.
As Human Resources, what if we could use these handwritten documents for more than their original purpose? What if we could interpret the underlying personal psychology included in the handwriting of our employees? The benefits are obvious.
When we hear about “graphology,” we think of CSI or criminal cases. Not anymore: graphology, the study of handwriting, is becoming an invaluable tool for employee and applicant analysis for employers. From graphology, we can assess whether an employee is more likely to waste time during the day, interested in working a longer, or only a shorter, workday or has potentially fraudulent tendencies. We will look at samples from criminal cases and employee sources to demonstrate this fascinating area of psycholinguistics