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How our behaviour assessments work

In just 8 minutes, Thomas' assessment of behaviour (PPA) provides an accurate insight into how people behave at work.


8 Minute Assessment

In just 8 minutes, Thomas' behavioural test provides an accurate insight into people’s work and communication preferences. This empowers you to recruit smarter with people science, build a vibrant team culture, support and enable better interactions amongst your people, ultimately improving your team and business performance.


Detailed Profile

Thomas’ behaviour test gives you insights that help you understand a person’s strengths, their communication style, how to better support remote workers, what motivates them, and how they react to risk and conflict.


Deep Insight

Once an individual has completed the Behaviour assessment, you have instant access to business outcome focussed content that enables you to match people to jobs, manage, support, develop, onboard and train your people.

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Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: behavioural profile

  • Format: 24 questions

  • Time to complete: 8 minutes

  • Training required: None


Registered with the British Psychological Society and audited against technical criteria established by the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations

Click below to download a sample candidate profile from the Thomas Perform platform


Thomas Teams Report

The Thomas Teams Audit gives you insight that helps your teams perform to their maximum ability, and ensure that they are motivated and working towards a common set of goals – whether in a face-to-face, physical or hybrid environment.

Teams, used in conjunction with the Behaviour assessment, will help your teams to understand their combined strengths, limitations and the value that the team brings to the organisation. The insights it gives can:

  • Boost the performance of your team through more effective management

  • Help you to set a template of the ideal culture, roles and leadership style that your team needs to deliver its objectives

Thomas Teams provides you with a comprehensive report that can answer many questions such as:

  • What role does each person play within the team?

  • Where are the possible areas of limitation in the team?

  • How can you address those limitations

  • Are you playing to the strengths of each team member?

  • Where could conflict be occurring?

  • Is there a skills gap, and are there any training needs?

  • What leadership style will best motivate and inspire the team towards high performance?

Background & Theory

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The Thomas Teams Audit gives you insight that helps your teams perform to their maximum ability, and ensure that they are motivated and working towards a common set of goals – whether in a face-to-face, physical or hybrid environment.

Marston’s original theory stated that actions based upon emotions are an individual’s biosocial response to supportive or hostile social environments. These actions determine how the individual interacts with the environment.

It was theorised that the way in which the individual interacts with the environment takes four basic directions: tendencies to dominate, influence, submit and comply. Marston published his book ‘Emotions of Normal People’ in 1928, which described his theory of human consciousness in comprehensive detail.

The PPA, also known as the Thomas Behaviour assessment, determines whether individuals see themselves as responding to workplace situations that they perceive to be favourable or challenging, and reveals whether their response patterns are active or passive; thus classifying the individual’s behavioural preferences in terms of four domains: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance.

Find out how to get deep, actionable insights into your people to create high performing teams and improve business performance

Background & Theory

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The Thomas PPA is a forced-choice assessment which uses an ipsative referencing method – an individual’s response patterns are compared to themselves rather than the scores of a comparison group. Individuals are asked to select one adjective which they believe describes them most and one which describes them least.

In order to complete the PPA, individuals choose two trait adjectives from a block of four, one 'most like' and one ‘least like’ them. This process is repeated 24 times, giving 48 choices from a total of 96 words.

The PPA is available electronically via the web and in paper-and-pencil format. Thomas has also developed the PPA+ format which is suitable for people with a reading age of 11+ and for candidates who are fluent in English but for whom English is not their first language.

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