Insurgent, the second film in the Divergent series, opens today and hopes to make a big splash at the box office. Based on the books by Veronica Roth, the series depicts a dystopian future where young people are forced to survive crazy situations created by adults.
What makes the Divergent series interesting for HR professionals and business owners, especially when compared to similar teen-friendly fare like The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner, is the fact that its storylines echo a number of issues relevant to today's workplaces.
Characters undergo extensive personality testing and are then forced to join a "faction" that best suits their temperament and skill sets. The faction that you join will determine your role within society and who you will be spending the rest of your life with (you cannot change your mind later). Each teen must choose to join:
Of course, things get complicated when a character tests as "divergent," meaning they show strength in more than one area. Rather than being celebrated as multi-talented or cross-functional, "divergent" individuals are considered a threat to the established social order and are constantly in danger of being discovered and killed.
Interesting HR Questions
The Divergent series brings up a number of interesting issues for HR managers and business owners, including:
The films treat "divergents" as a threat to order and harmony. Should a business be working to develop "divergents" or is it better to develop subject-matter-experts?
Is it better to have teams of similar-minded individuals or a wide variety of personality types?
An increasing number of businesses are get team members to participate in personality tests (including DiSC, HBDI, Myers-Briggs, and Strengthsfinder). Why is this happening?
Are there concerns with requiring applicants to take personality tests during the hiring process?
So will you be checking out the Insurgent movie? Are you cheering for the "divergents" like Tris and Four, or do you support the likes of Jeanine and Caleb?
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