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How to spot the six main office personality types

It goes without saying that managing people goes hand-in-hand with managing a business, because after all, it’s the people that make a business. As a manager or small business owner, you’ll encounter different types of people who together form the diverse teams that run and grow businesses. The key is knowing how to manage them in a way that ensures that people are working to their strengths and being satisfied, an element that should help create an engaging and therefore productive work environment for all members.

It goes without saying that managing people goes hand-in-hand with managing a business, because after all, it’s the people that make a business. As a manager or small business owner, you’ll encounter different types of people who together form the diverse teams that run and grow businesses. The key is knowing how to manage them in a way that ensures that people are working to their strengths and being satisfied, an element that should help create an engaging and therefore productive work environment for all members. But before knowing how to understand and manage them, you’ll first need to know how to identify them. Here’s our list of the six most common office personality types you’re bound to come across in your very own office space.

The Judger

The judging type is the super organised, highly driven and incredibly decisive employee. These are the people who are always on top of their work and whose desks are always covered in to-do lists. They very much like to be in control and their ambition and determination to achieve greatness leads them to be hard-working, dedicated individuals – nothing less than their very best will do.

Keep them happy by…

Taking the lead on things. They thrive in leadership roles so if you’re looking for a project manager or strategic planner who will follow through to the highest level, look no further than your nearest Judger. They require order in order to succeed and these kinds of roles will give them just that.

The Perceiver

Every personality type invariably has a counterpart, and The Judger’s is The Perceiver. The perceiving type is more laid-back, spontaneous and adaptable which means that you can throw them into almost every situation and they’ll be able to adapt accordingly. They tend to react well in spontaneous situations and this is most likely owed to their open-mindedness.

Keep them happy by…

Giving them guidance. Because Perceivers are more relaxed, they can also be less focused. By introducing a little bit of structure into things (such as job status system that can help keep them on track), they’ll have a better chance of keeping things in check. They don’t like to feel restricted though, so, where possible, avoid making things too regimented.

The Extravert

Extraverts can be found in every area of life, including the work space. Those who display traits of extraversion tend to be lively, out-spoken, energetic, witty and smart. They relish the opportunity to interact with others and in a lot of cases, their energy is infectious. They can inject some much-needed motivation and inspiration into a team and therefore thrive working within a team.

Keep them happy by…

Encouraging open communication and discussion within the team. Extroverts are at their most productive when they’re interacting with others but without an outlet that is focused, they can go off course. Be sure to make the purpose and goal of a discussion very clear and help to steer it in the right direction so as to avoid straying off topic – keep the focus on the work.

The Introvert

On the other hand, you’ll find those characterised by their introversion. Introverts are more reserved than Extraverts and tend to be more focused and thoughtful. They like to keep to themselves and whilst they can be viewed as “loners”, they are in fact hard-workers who just prefer to work on their own.

Keep them happy by…

Showing them how their work is benefitting the business. Feelers want to see how their work is not only reflecting their own values, but the company’s as well. Simple praise won’t suffice – you have to show them how they are helping the business to achieve success.

Creating the optimal work environment for your team is about recognising the differing personalities within it and then balancing them out. Identifying them means being able to ensure better employee engagement which in turn yields more productive teams – something every business needs to succeed.

 

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