Any office is a medley of personalities. A collection of differences brought together by one commonality-work. The best managers create productive and engaging work environments for team members, where there is increased employees engagement and consecutively making the teams more productive. How can the different personalities affect the productivity and efficiency of an office? The best starting point is to understand what triggers and motivates each personality and what can help each personality achieve its maximum potential.
To start with there is the judging personality:
These are typically the employees whose work spaces are filled with to-do lists, work schedules, and reminders of deadlines. The judgers are ambitious, determined, organized, and decisive.
They are at the peak if they achieve order and organization. Good managers understand the importance of providing opportunities at work that will engage this character trait. This category performs best in assignments involve project management and strategic planning. These areas can keep the judgers engaged and satisfied at work.
The perceiving personality
The perceivers are a total contrast of the judgers. They are more open-minded, spontaneous, adaptable and changeable employees in the office set up. They respond well to unpredictable situations. The perceivers appreciate it when the managers take time to discuss the issues affecting them in the workplace. These personalities require a lot of guidelines and follow up.
This group of personalities is always looking for ways of interacting with their co-workers. These personalities thrive when they work on teams and brainstorming with the others. They are lively, energetic, quick-witted, and clever.
There weakness however, is that they can often overwhelm their introverted teammates, who tend to prefer quiet reflection and low-stimulus areas when they need to recharge. Extraverts make more friends, manage more people, and are happier at work due to their ability to work in high energy situations and collaborate for longer periods of time. For the extroverts to perform well, they will need focused outlets to interact with other team members which consequently will allow them to recharge and keep productivity at high levels.
Where extroverts are outgoing and excited, introverts are thoughtful, reserved, and focused. They’re often recognized as the “loners” in the office because they thrive when working independently. The introverts will always require quiet spaces to work, if they have to perform. Whether it’s an assigned “quiet work” conference room or offices where Introverts can shut the door to get some alone time, providing a quiet space for Introverts to retreat to when they are overwhelmed will increase their productivity and keep them from getting burned out.
This category of personalities is the analytical, objective, rational, and tough-minded employees that love to get into the nitty-gritty details. You’ll typically see these employees focusing on learning as much as they can about a particular topic and constantly looking for ways to add to their knowledge base.
The thinkers will occasionally require set goals that relate to their metrics for success.
The feelers are a stark contrast of the Thinkers. These personalities are the passionate, empathetic, warm, and supportive employees who are looking for ways to impact others lives through their work. Feelers are distinguished by their ability to dig into a project or proposal and offer views based on different motivations, not just the facts. The biggest motivator for the feelers is the desire to know whether they are making a difference. Whether their work reflects their personal values or improves the quality of lives around them.
The beauty of diversity is that if differences are harnessed efficiently, they can propel an organization to higher heights of productivity. The challenge however is how to merge these differences into one unit. Once this is achieved, a formidable team is born.