Certain Personalities Could be Hazardous in the Workplace


For years businesses have used personality tests to evaluate their employees’ traits and tendencies and to build effective management teams. One such test is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which assesses how people relate to their world. People are categorized as either extroverted or introverted, perceiving or judging, thinking or feeling, and sensing or intuitive. Based on these traits, employers have a template for interacting with and understanding their employees. Research has shown, however, that personality assessments may do more than build strong teams. They may save lives.

The sad fact is that on average, 22 workers die each day in workplace accidents, costing the U.S. economy an estimated $132.1 billion dollars per year, according to a 2002 National Safety Council report. Companies are beginning to use personality assessments to determine which of their workers are bigger risk-takers and more accident-prone. According to research conducted by the Association for Research in Personality, the “safest” employee is one who willingly follows rules and guidelines, tends to be confident and emotionally stable, is focused on assigned work, takes advice from others, and is careful when making decisions.

Businesses are finding strong incentives to hire workers who display safe personality traits. According to the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, a transportation firm on the West Coast found that employees oriented toward safety and caution had 21.8% fewer accidents and 40% fewer rule violations than their more impulsive employees. In the future, more and more businesses may be adding personality tests to their routine safety training in order to prevent occupational injuries and keep their staff safer.

If you have been injured on the job, it is important to seek an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help with the filing of your claim and fight for the compensation you are entitled to.