In today’s working environment, HR managers, directors and managers alike want employees to bring more to the organisation than just everyday working skills. Personality tests are becoming an extremely popular measure of how well employees will work together and ‘fit’ within the organisation and or team they are a part of. For example 80% of Fortune 500 companies and 89% of Fortune 100 companies are using these tests to best analyse their employees, and the best environments for them to then work in- with the hopes of improving productivity. With 70% of workplaces currently utilising open-plan offices, studies have found that employees suffered a dramatic reduction in motivation, productivity and happiness, hence the used for popular personality tests such as Myers Briggs.
With mixed perceptions around what the ideal workplace environment is and its affect on productivity, we’ve compiled a breakdown of the most popular workplace personalities, and how to nurture them and increase employee motivation and productivity. What personality types do you have within your business and indeed which type are you? How can your business really get the most out of each different type?
In the Myer Briggs model, we are all categorised under 16 character types, and with these types employers can analyse working teams based upon individual personalities. As mentioned previously, the test is a series of questions which help individuals identify personality preferences out of four pairs; extraversion or introversion, sensing or intuition, thinking or feeling and finally judging and perceiving.
The four character types below are observed as the most popular to occur within the workplace, therefore being the most important personality types to focus on when it comes to getting the most from groups of your employees:
ISTJ- The ISTJ personality type makes up roughly 12% of the population. This personality type is prided on integrity, practical logic and dedication to a cause making them a vital piece to organisations that uphold traditions, rules and standards. ISTJ’s prefer working alone, and therefore replicate this behaviour within their environments. Ways businesses could accommodate this character type are by allowing them to work from home or removing distractions within the office and allowing employees to work through projects without too much interaction. Socialisation is still key within the workplace; therefore placing these employees close enough to staff without compromising the peace and quiet these characters desire is key.
ISFJ- Being an introvert, this characteristic is seen as quiet and friendly in nature but also possess great social skills, especially when working with others on a group project. ISFJ’s are reluctant to change, therefore when office or team changes inevitably occur, they need to be eased into accepting these changes. In terms of office spacing and format, ISFJ’s gain tremendous amounts of satisfaction from helping others, therefore should be placed within an inclusive and open, team setting where they can assist those around them.
ISFP- ISFP’s are typically quiet and sensitive but tend to use creative thinking to push the limits of social conventions. ISFP’s enjoy going against the status quo and approach tasks with a “think outside the box” mentality. They are great at idea generation, so let these guys lead brainstorming and creative thinking workshops. Within the office environment, ISFP’s enjoy expressing their passion and enthusiasm, and replicate these emotions within their settings. They enjoy having their own space to work within, and are resentful of the confines of a 9-5 job. Job flexibility is an attraction to their personality types, alongside the opportunity to really make their workspace their own.
ESFJ- To the core, ESFJ’s are social creatures, thriving on keeping up to date with friends and colleagues. They’re warm-hearted and cooperative while maintaining a strong moral compass both within the workplace and in their personal lives. ESFJ’s need human interaction and emotional feedback to be satisfied in their line of work, gaining the much needed personal satisfaction from feeling appreciated as a member of the team. An ideal work environment for an ESFJ provides clear expectations and a friendly, structured atmosphere, free from conflict or uncertainty.
It’s not easy catering to all the various personality types within an organisation, even if your individual team is a small. Every individual has his or her own preferences and best methods of approaching work in the most effective way. However implementing these minor changes and steps in order to create the best environment for each of your employees to perform at their best could have a huge impact on your business’ productivity and bottom line.