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What is Mentis OCEANS and what does it specialize in?

OCEANS is an overall measure of human personality developed by Mentis that provides insight into an individual’s stable patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors. OCEANS combines established personality theory with nuanced developments unique to Mentis, to create a comprehensive view of one’s traits that reflect workplace behavior. This can subsequently predict workplace performance and identifies distinguishable strengths between individuals to inform talent and change management decisions, alongside development at a team and individual level. 

How did Mentis OCEANS come about?

Mentis OCEANS has been built on the foundations of highly standardised and validated models of personality which are widely regarded to be the most robust empirical frameworks of personality. Mentis OCEANS is designed to be contextually relevant, meaning it has been aligned with organisational needs. Items in Mentis OCEANS have been developed from the International Personality Item Pool (IPIP), which is an open resource containing over 3000 personality items measuring a wide variety of constructs . 

How long does it take to complete?

Participants taking Mentis OCEANS need to allow between 35-45 minutes to complete the survey

What does the set-up process involve, how simple is it?

Dedicated administrator access provided to you, our customer success team work closely with you to train and demonstrate how to use the intuitive system for setting up projects and inviting participants through automated email to complete Mentis OCEANS. Participants take the survey online and the output is automatically generated. Results can be delivered to you to distribute to participants, or to participants directly.

How long do Mentis OCEANS reports take to generate?

Once a participant has completed Mentis OCEANS, results are automatically available to view in the dashboard of Talent MAP. 

What languages is it available in?

OCEANS is available in English, but is currently being translated into major languages including Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Thai and Arabic.

What advantages do we get from OCEANS compared to other personality assessments?

It has been developed to be used for organisational purposes unlike other personality tools. OCEANS includes a 6th factor that many other personality tools overlook, and items are formed from reliable and widely validated sources. Here at Mentis, we have over 18 years of implementing personality assessments for our client’s success across organisations and cultures.

What opportunities have been identified using OCEANS?

Individual and team development, employee selection, organisational management 

What does benchmarking mean?

Benchmarking refers to the practice of evaluating a model by testing its predictive performance in tasks that represent the purpose they are developed for against other models or tools

What is the IPIP?

The International Personality Item Pool (IPIP) is an online open database of personality items that OCEANS items have been developed from 

Why are we measuring the mentioned 6 specific constructs?

The 6 factors in OCEANS are aligned with the Five Factor Model that is one of the most widely researched and robust empirical frameworks of personality. The FFM suggests personality can be classified based on five broad dimensions (emotional stability, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness to experience). OCEANS has contextually amended and reconfigured this to make it relevant to an organisational culture and to address existing gaps in personality models such as the FFM.