“Are IT engineers all introverted geeks?
After sales and HR professionals, PerformanSe delivers its results on the IT function. The results reveal a less caricatural portrait than what one might think. And yet…
What differentiates IT from other functions?
In statistical terms, the IT function as a whole is distinguished by three main personality traits. “Intellectual dynamism” first of all. The results of the PerformanSe study show that IT specialists in the broadest sense are more open and curious than the average. They share this trait with HR. Not surprisingly, there is also a significantly high score on the rigour criterion, which seems quite consistent with the requirements of IT languages and collaborative modes of IT project management. More surprisingly, this population stands out for much higher receptiveness than the average, and even higher than in human services sectors. “This is a character trait that often goes hand in hand with openness to others. This result goes against the grain of the cliché — isolated, reclusive computer engineers, with limited interpersonal skills”, analyses Alexandra Didry, R&D Director.
Two main profiles emerge for IT professionals
However, these data need to be put into perspective according to the sectors of activity in which the so-called IT specialists operate. “The results in the public administration sector diverge, for example, from those in the IT and telecoms sectors” notes Alexandra Didry. The former reveal a sociable behavioural profile and a relaxing posture, while the latter, i.e. “IT of IT” systems that work in a purely computer-based environment, matching more the stereotypes usually associated with the function: more reserved, rigorous and anxious than the average of their peers. Extraversion and ascendancy – that is, the quest for power – varies greatly in the sector. In the case of the IT and telecoms sector, the culture of the business seems to take over and influence behaviours. “Generally speaking, we observe that people conform all the more with the expected codes as the culture of a function is strong, which is the case in ITʺ concludes Alexandra Didry.
“This is a character trait that often goes hand in hand with openness to others. This result goes against the grain of the cliché — isolated, reclusive computer engineers, with limited interpersonal skills“
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