How Well Would You Adapt to Job-Related Relocation? Joint Study by PeopleKeys and JobMetrx Aims to Demonstrate the Key Role Personality Type Plays in Relocation Readiness

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PeopleKeys and JobMetrx have launched a collaborative study on job relocation. Their study seeks to define the role that personality type plays in an individual’s ability to adapt to job relocation, and to determine the ways in which relocation support services can be tailored to meet the needs of dual-career couples with different personality styles.

Our research indicates an overwhelming correlation between a person’s personality and behavioral tendencies and how well they fare at relocation and operating in an entirely new environment

Resource Development Company JobMetrx has announced the launch of a new study designed to determine the role that personality plays in an individual’s ability to cope with relocating for a job. The study, produced in partnership with behavioral analysis experts PeopleKeys, will focus on understanding how individuals with different personality types adapt to changes that come with job transfer and relocation. The results of the study will be used to determine the ways in which relocation support services can best be tailored to meet the needs of employees, their partners, and their families.

The joint study will combine decades of research on personality from PeopleKeys with the extensive relocation readiness expertise of JobMetrx. PeopleKeys and JobMetrx believe their study will establish the magnitude of the link between personality and an individual’s ability to adapt to the changes that come with relocation. They also hope to determine the extent to which transferring to a new location affects dual-career couples, and impacts long-term job retention, career success, and family stability in the wake of relocation.

“Our research indicates an overwhelming correlation between a person’s personality and behavioral tendencies and how well they fare at relocation and operating in an entirely new environment,” said Dr. Brad Smith, Managing Director of PeopleKeys. “Some personality types prefer the stability of the familiar, while other personality types are inherently more eager to pursue new opportunities and experiences. Based on what we already know about resistance to change in some individual personality styles and the openness to new opportunities and experiences in others, it’s clear that personality must be factored into the way individuals and their families successfully transition to job-related relocation.”

Craig Toedtman, President of JobMetrx added, “There are strategies that can be employed during the relocation process that can be tailored to make any personality type feel more comfortable and increase the chance of success no matter what their disposition. Of course, the difficulty in coping with job-related transitions is significantly compounded when dual-career couples are factored into the equation. Consequently, it’s crucial to not just have a ‘one size fits all’ attitude towards the relocation process. Every transferee is unique and will handle their relocation differently. We believe the study will show that using personality type to understand that link and to adjust practices accordingly will result in a much more successful relocation.”

The joint relocation readiness study from PeopleKeys and JobMetrx will continue through the new year, with periodic summaries planned for public release beginning mid-year 2015.

About JobMetrx and PeopleKeys

JobMetrx is a pioneer in providing relocation and innovative career services since 1981, offering a suite of services designed to ease the transition of the dual career couples facing relocation to new locations worldwide. For more information visit http://www.jobmetrx.com or contact Craig B.Toedtman at +1 267-464-0188 or craigt(at)JobMetrx(dot)com.

PeopleKeys has been providing tools to measure the connection between personality and human behavior for over 30 years. PeopleKeys believes that an understanding of human behavior can be used to create effective leaders, improve relationships, streamline productivity, resolve conflict, and reduce stress. Their DISC personality tests and behavioral analysis tools have been translated into over a dozen different languages, and are sold around the world. For more information about PeopleKeys and their DISC solutions, please contact Marketing Manager Kaitlyn Miller at 330-599-5580 x113.

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