A free 10-minute online personality test has been designed to identify natural risk-takers within IT.
Computer Weekly has teamed up with the Psychological Consultancy to research the risk types within the IT industry, providing risk-type compass reports for participants.
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Geoff Trickey, managing director at The Psychological Consultancy, said IT managers can use the test to create a balance between employee personalities within teams.
"The test was originally designed for financial advisors to evaluate the appetite clients had got for risk so they didn't sell them investment products that scared them witless," he said.
"In every role in every industry there are issues of risk and IT is no exception. Every business needs risk-takers. This test is not about trying to eliminate risk but to ensure a balance within teams. You don't want a bunch of crazy hot-heads working in a remote part of an IT department and no one re-addressing the balance," he said.
"A risk-taker cannot be managed unless managers are aware of the risk landscape and individuals recognise what risk type they are."
Computer Weekly readers are invited to participate in the profession-wide risk-type personality survey to learn about their own risk category. Participants will receive their own confidential risk-type compass report by email after completing the online test.
The combined data, which will be reported in Computer Weekly, will provide a unique picture of the IT industry.
To take the online test and learn about your own risk type:
1) Click here to go to the test
2) Choose "Online Assessments"
3) Enter access code: COMPUTERWEEKLY
4) Follow the on-screen instructions
5) Wait to receive confidential risk-type compass report by e-mail