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The Birkman Method Assessment

The Birkman Method® is a scientifically developed, multi-dimensional assessment tool that we use throughout our work to enhance the development of leaders, teams, and employees in the workplace.

The Birkman assessment provides personality and occupational data that reveal insights for understanding an individuals’ unique behaviour and work satisfaction across different situations and industries.

We’ve found Birkman to be an invaluable tool to help teams resolve internal conflicts and to allow individuals to identify their own communication style to see how they work best with others.
— Pablo Cruz, Deputy Manager of HR Developmental Office, NASA

What the Birkman Measures

  • INTERESTS - Activities you enjoy and are motivated by in your work and personal life

  • USUAL BEHAVIOUR - Your effective and productive behavioural style for tasks and relationships

  • NEEDS - How you need to be or expect to be treated by other people and your environment

  • STRESS BEHAVIOUR - Your ineffective and unproducitve behavioural style when your Needs are unmet

  • CAREER DATA - 22 job families, 200+ unique job titles

The Birkman philosophy is that individuals are complex, each one possessing important strengths that are of greatest value to any workplace once they are unlocked.
— Sharon Birkman Fink, President & CEO of Birkman International

Workplace Benefits



The Birkman Method is the only assessment that measures an individual's underlying Needs, which is what you need from your environment and the people around you. By understanding your own Needs, you are better able to recharge, stay motivated, and avoid Stress Behaviour. By understanding an employee's or a team's Needs, a manager is able to provide the support to improve morale, productivity, and communications.



The Birkman Method examines personality in a social context. Those who have high emotional intelligence are better at understanding and respecting other people's perspectives, an essential trait for preventing and resolving conflicts in the workplace.

For more information on Emotional Intelligence, see our video.

Of all the people we’ve studied at work, we’ve found that 90% of top performers are also high in emotional intelligence. On the flip side, just 20% of bottom performers are high in emotional intelligence. You can be a top performer without emotional intelligence, but the chances are slim.
— Travis Bradberry, Emotional Intelligence, Forbes.com 2014


The Birkman Method measure how employees relate to the people around them through their communication style, giving insights into potential gaps in an organization's culture. Occupational data can help organizations find the right position fit for their people that will enhance their job satisfaction and the strengths they bring to the organization. The Birkman assessment can assist in the hiring process, providing insights into cultural fit, and matching the right person for the position.


The Birkman Map

Discover what your team needs to increase their performance


The Birkman Map

The Birkman Map® provides an aerial view of who you are and allows you to see how and where you fit into the big picture. Teams can also be mapped revealing organizational culture trends and areas of possible workplace conflict.

The Birkman Map summarizes the key data points from The Birkman Method personality assessment on a colourful and memorable gradated grid. This video reviews the two axes of the Birkman Map and what the four Birkman colours represent.