By Western Standard
April 10, 2022
In an effort to find more about their own personalities, employees with the Canadian Heritage department used government-issued credit cards to buy tests on the internet, says Blacklock’s Reporter.
The department defended the practice as team building.
“It is to support the training and development activities through team building, leadership development, and second language practice activities,” said Daniel Savoie, spokesman for the department.
Eligible employees billed $27 a month to access 16Personalities.com, a UK website that promises a “freakishly accurate” description of users’ inner personalities.
Access To Information records documented five personality test charges in a two-week period in January. The department did not explain how many staff billed for personality tests over the course of the year.
“Take our personality test and get a freakishly accurate description of who you are and why you do things the way you do,” reads the website.
“Take the test: only takes 10 minutes.”
“Get a road map for success. Our premium profiles are for those who want to dive deeper into their personality and learn how to grow and better navigate the world around them.”
“Understand others. In our free type descriptions, you’ll learn what really drives, inspires, and worries different personality types, helping you build more meaningful relationships.”
Personality types include “curious thinkers,” “charming artists,” “warm protectors,” and “very perceptive people who truly enjoy living on the edge.” Others qualify as “strong-willed leaders,” “innovative inventors,” and “mystical yet very inspiring and tireless idealists.”
A Treasury Board directive requires federal employees assigned credit cards to seek a supervisors’ permission for purchases and limit transactions to $25,000 per month. Cabinet introduced charge cards in 1992.