|Constructing the perfect team: Understanding workplace personalitiesThere’s no doubt that you can look around the office and point out personality distinctions among your employees or colleagues: Bill’s very efficient, Sarah always has great ideas and Jerry really enlivens the office.|
Similarities and differences among workplace personalities are the foundation of any organization. For a business to function like a well-oiled machine, it requires a variety of personalities that complement and challenge each other.
A well-rounded workplace
While there are many different varieties of personality tests to choose from, the two most popular tests are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) and the DiSC® Dimensions of Behavior(1). The MBTI assessment, given more than 200 million times in the United States annually, identifies 16 main personality types based on four personality factors(2):
Similarly, the DiSC theory, a personality profile based on an individual’s active or passive actions in various environments, has proved quite valuable for 4imprint.
Case in point
“I have discovered that it is so important for people to understand why they do what they do,” said Moore, who has witnessed increased productivity, improved communication and camaraderie as a result.
Who’s who in your office?
To get your current employees interested about the new program, it might be beneficial to host a staff development day. Start out by administering the test, and then have some fun with the results.
Personality tests can be useful methods to not only choose a well-rounded staff, but also to understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses to ensure productivity. To learn more about how they can impact your business and working relationships, read our related Blue PaperSM: Cracking The Personality Code.
(1) Ropella, Patrick B. “Understanding Workplace Personalities.” Pharma & Bio Ingredients. Ropella & Associates. 19 Nov. 2008 <http://www.pharmabioingredients.com/articles/2007/02/understanding-workplace-personalities>.
(2) Storm, Paula, and Susann DeVries. “Personality Psychology in the Workplace.” MLA Forum 5 (2006). MLAForum.org. 15 Dec. 2006. 19 Nov. 2008.
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