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(The correlation is stronger for other psychometric measurements, such as IQ, however.) Research also suggests that FFM-based assessments can help predict personalities that are likely to either clash or work harmoniously together.
And management scholars worry that fixating on personality as the primary source of conflict at work can cause managers to overlook the crucial role they play in creating the enabling conditions for teams to succeed—whatever their composition.
The industry’s robust growth, however, suggests that managers increasingly rely on personality testing as a tool to optimize their workforces.
Strengths-based assessments aim to increase engagement, job satisfaction, and productivity by helping companies design jobs that take advantage of their employees’ best qualities.
Other assessments that harness insights from positive psychology include the VIA Survey of Character Strengths and the Birkman Method.