Published: 22 May 2019

Can personality indicate how people will perform in a safety-critical role?

Management and Business PhD student Emily Kitson co-authored a recent piece ‘Personality can indicate how people will perform in a safety-critical role’ in the Institute of Health and Safety magazine.

This piece focuses on looking at the role played by people’s different personality in safety-critical roles, determining how a person would behave and the importance of personality assessments within organisations. Taking into account natural tendencies, traits such as conscientiousness, agreeableness, extraversion, neuroticism and openness to experience and different assessment methods, can we really predict certain safety behaviors in individuals or across organisations?

“One likely explanation for this is that people at the extreme end of these traits may not possess the flexibility to “meet novel demands in crisis situations” and instead rigidly stick to the procedures. ….” Read the full piece here.

Earlier this year, Emily was also honoured with the first prize in student excellence by the British Psychology Society (BPS) Division of Occupational Psychology, for her Masters’ research looking at the effects of personality and stress on employee safety behaviours, read the full piece here.


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