PerformanSe is a French company, which was created in Nantes more than 25 years ago and now boasts additional teams in Lille, Lyon and Paris and a network of partners and distributors in 26 countries.
PerformanSe designs, develops and distributes decision-support tools (standard or tailored), which assess and develop talent in order to optimise company performance by improving individual and collective operations.
PerformanSe helps HR experts and operational managers to manage individual and collective talent in recruitment processes, internal mobility initiatives, career assessments, skill development drives and analyses of organisation and team operations.
PerformanSe now offers a wide range of 100% online solutions , including behavioural assessment, cognitive assessment and 360° tools, assessment services and mapping of organisations and/or teams.
Psychometric expertise and scientific validity,
with leading scientific models, adherence to international standards, validation from university laboratories renowned for their psychometric expertise and approved R&D projects.
A relational approach and commitment to ecological practices
(respect and consideration for the employee’s operational environment) promoting sharing, exchange, transparency, confidentiality and decision-making.
A secure and scalable technological environment, respecting the rights of the individual
(100% online, simple, user-friendly interface, accessible on tablets and smartphones, ultra-fast data processing, data storage on servers in France).
A multi-context and multilingual range of tools
(100% online, simple, user-friendly interface, accessible on tablets and smartphones, ultra-fast data processing, data storage on servers in France).
Seven-year action plans, career and succession plans. In the 70s, company managers were obliged to plan and anticipate over the long-term. As such, it was essential to take a professional approach to talent management and the assessment of potential and behavioural skill in order to improve recruitment and employee development management. Traditional tools—poorly adapted to the size of companies and not intended to offer real decision-making support in the skill management sphere—have proven an inadequate solution. Jean-Bernard Fournier, a human resources management consultant at the time, remained focused on the operational implementation of these action plans. In 1987, he discovered the first behavioural assessment expert systems, designed in the USA. He sensed that this new technology could offer a dynamic solution to the issue in companies of all sizes. In 1988, he signed a partnership with sources based in Silicon Valley and created PerformanSe in Nantes: S for system, E for expert.
1988 : Combining the benefits of artificial intelligence and HR expertise
The challenge was to provide the most precise and realistic assessment possible by developing tools tailored to French culture with the ability to reason like experts. Psychology expert Serge Baquedano and university professor and knowledge management researcher Jacques Philippé have worked together on this project from the very beginning. In 1988, a partnership was signed with the University of Nantes Polytechnic School laboratory specialised in knowledge management. It was to be the first in a long series. While the first phase was focused on adapting the original tools into French, it soon became clear that the knowledge bases required development along with more precise and powerful algorithms in order to improve the reasoning process. PerformanSe thus took the start-up route in terms of research and advanced technology with one aim: to develop 100% online French solutions in the field of behavioural skill assessment.
A knowledge-based system to revolutionise HR practices
PerformanSe’s core then undertook detailed work in two directions: developing expertise in the field of behaviour and motivations in professional situations, and conducting research into artificial intelligence. Behavioural study was approached from a fundamentally dynamic angle, with the individual seen as a complex system in perpetual interaction with their surroundings. The idea was to move beyond the usual, overly abrupt behavioural typologies to achieve a more precise description of behaviour in the workplace.
The assessment results, presented in a rich, precise narrative report and understandable by all, are now the revolutionary media used by huge numbers of HR professionals to protect their decisions and get their skill management strategy up and running. The PerformanSe knowledge base has been developed in the course of research conducted by the R&D team via statistical analyses and measurements, allowing both interindividual study (comparison with a reference group) and intraindividual interpretation (individual development depending on professional situation).
2008 : PerformanSe joined the Julhiet, offering its added value to the Group
Alain Thibault was convinced that giving renewed attention to the development of the company’s human capital was vital to economic performance. In an effort to become a multi-specialist in human resources management in France and Europe, the CEO of Julhiet was keen to incorporate assessment and skill development solutions. Market leader PerformanSe opened a large field of possibilities. It joined the Julhiet Group in 2008 with the aims of developing and enhancing the range of solutions and services, and boosting the international potential of this innovative company and digital pioneer. The team is young, dynamic and hard-working. Professionals that use the solutions—human resources experts and operational directors—have been consistently very satisfied with the results All the ingredients are there to develop the company and magnify its success. Far from being reduced to an observed object, the appraisee must play a central role in their own assessment.
Market leader PerformanSe opened a large field of possibilities. All the ingredients are there to develop the company and magnify its success.
The cornerstone of these interlinked interests is the conviction that assessment is not a process of measurement or elimination but an opportunity to come to a joint decision on the basis of fairness, equality and transparency.
Ambitious development geared towards clients and uses
The R&D team was consolidated with the arrival of new researchers and doctoral students. The goal : was to offer ever-more reliable, scientifically-validated solutions adapted to sophisticated market requirements. However these solutions remained easy to use and accessible to all user profiles, including recruiters, managers and guidance counsellors. The training modules developed and adapted to new HR requirements with blended learning processes, combining face-to-face and distance sessions. The Services department developed with tailored services to support companies in their management, action and talent engagement projects. Offices opened in Paris, Lille and Lyon, thus increasing the number of sales staff in the field. PerformanSe has established partnerships in 19 countries and developed solutions in 21 languages.
An international stance
In 2011, the team left the banks of the Erdre in Carquefou to set up on the banks of the Loire in the renovated heart of Nantes city centre. Nadia Nardonnet took over the company in 2014 with the aim of making PerformanSe a European leader to rival the giants of the English-speaking world. She initiated research into new workplace behaviours in order to offer more precise knowledge of collaboration methods in physical or virtual teams. Contact was also made with researchers around the world (China, Canada, Italy and France) to analyse the trends and lay the foundations for new products to support companies.
New behavioural studies
Finding healthy balances between work and leisure time is more significant than ever in these new behavioural approaches. The issues of well-being in companies and working pleasure are of central importance for professional ecosystems tasked with promoting collective and individual sources of motivation. Managers’ interest in understanding workplace behaviour and digital decision-support tools has only just begun. In the future, they will help to consolidate the strategic choices of companies and ensure the quick, agile, precise and objective implementation of action plans. PerformanSe’s added value lies in producing fairer analyses in the interests of relevant and ambitious individual and/or collective decision-making.
At PerformanSe, « Trust in people » is a value that is expressed in the application of our tools.
The objective assessment of the person, which is at the core of our approach, is combined with the human input of the assessor and this demonstrates our thoughtful and ethical approach.
We believe that the use of the tool and the ensuing discussion with the assessor are two sides of the same assessment coin. This is how the tool genuinely reveals its power and its impact. We believe that the meeting and debriefing discussions are invaluable in any professional evaluation process in order to help in raising self-awareness.
This is central to our thinking and it is based upon the following principles:
We implement these principles by carrying out additional steps both when putting tests together and also in terms of how they are used. We comply with and provide the following:s :
Nadia Nardonnet developed her entrepreneurial qualities at the helm of the family business before taking on Financial Director and Managing Director positions in international companies, namely in the Media and Technology sectors. She joined the Julhiet Group in June 2009 to develop digital activity and currently manages PerformanSe. She holds a HEC MBA, has been certified by the IFA as an Independent Director, and was made a Foreign Trade Advisor for France in July 2013. Nadia is a member of the Medef digital community and speaks at HEC, where she takes part in the Leadership week for MBA students and supports HEC Entrepreneur teams.
Head of R&D – Doctor in Social and Organisational Psychology
A Doctor in Social and Organisational Psychology, Alexandra Didry began her career in research and education in the public sector, specialising in the study of organisational behaviour.
She joined the PerformanSe Services department in 2009 as HR Consultant / Trainer before taking over the Research and Development department in 2011.
A member of the SFP (French Psychology Association), the IAAP (International Association of Applied Psychology), and the ATD (Association of Training and Development), Alexandra Didry is also a psychology speaker at several schools and universities (University Paris 8, NEOMA Business School).
LIVIA BAHIER MICHEL
Head of Services
Livia Bahier Michel is a social psychologist and a graduate of the Angers Institute of Applied Psychology and Sociology and Concordia University, Montreal. Livia Bahier Michel joined PerformanSe in 2002 after working as an HR generalist and guidance consultant for an IT consulting company. She is now responsible for the Services department whose missions include pedagogical engineering, the transfer of expertise and PerformanSe tool consulting. A member of the FFPP (French Federation of Psychologists and Psychology), she also speaks to students on various psychology, HR and MBA courses about behavioural skill assessment and talent management.
Head of Administration and Accounting
Grégory Lorgeray holds a DECF (Diploma of Accounting and Financial Studies) diploma and supported the growth of a jewellery wholesaler SME for around a decade. In 2010, he joined PerformanSe where he is currently Head of Administration and Accounting, overseeing good accounting, financial and organisational practices within the company.
Development Director for France
Dominique Duquesnoy developed his knowledge of the assessment tool market by joining PerformanSe as a consultant in 2002. After implementing assessment and skill development programmes for leading companies in the industry, retail and finance sectors, Dominique Duquesnoy focused on commercial development. He was appointed Development Director for France in 2009 and currently manages a sales team of 15 people. Dominique Duquesnoy is a graduate of ESSCA.
Head of International Consulting
Laurent Gontard has 15 years’ experience, including 12 abroad, as a human resources consultant, coach and activity developer. Before joining PerformanSe, Laurent held various management positions in consultancy firms. In 2007, he created the KPMG HR consultancy activity in Romania and Moldova, which he managed for four years. Laurent then took over the Leadership and Engagement activity at Aon Hewitt in France before joining the Julhiet Group as a Senior Leadership & Management Consultant. Currently Head of International Consulting, his goal is to develop PerformanSe’s presence on the international stage, namely through services with high added value. Laurent holds Master’s degrees in Business Law (University of Nice) and Management (Euromed Marseille).
Head of IT
An IT engineer specialised in artificial intelligence, Bayesian networks and neural networks, Francis Rantière joined the PerformanSe R&D team in 2000 to work on behavioural analysis engines.
In 2006, he became PerformanSe technical Director in order to supervise the technological developments of PerformanSe platforms and products.
Our international operational capacity is bolstered by:
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Over the last 12 months, nearly 250 000 assessments have been carried out on our platform.
Private or public organisations
Top-ranking higher education establishments and universities.
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