This article outlines some recent work I did at Talent Q, exploring the personality differences between HR practitioners in Financial Services organisations and their internal clients.
In a study of the personality profiles of 5,000 financial services employees, Talent Q found that the ‘typical’ professional in the sector is a competitive, achievement-oriented, persuasive communicator who likes data, evidence, structure and detail. However, these traits are very different from those of the typical HR practitioner, who is more consultative, more willing to allow others to take the lead and less likely to rigidly adhere to rules, processes and deadlines.
These differences go some way to explaining the human element of the financial crisis. A free white paper exploring this topic in detail is available for download from the Talent Q website here.