The modern workplace can be so diverse that it’s sometimes difficult for managers and leaders to keep everyone happy.
Ensuring that people with different personalities and from different backgrounds all get along and move the company forwards as one cohesive unit is no easy task; so what can you do to help bring your team together?
Identifying the personality types of your tribe is a good place to start, and means you can nurture and develop each person’s role according to their own individual traits. This can have a real impact on business outcomes – according to a study by Gallup, placing people in roles that do not match their personality can result in 21% lower productivity, 22% lower profitability, and a 45% higher turnover rate.
Every office will have its recognisable personalities. We’ve listed five common, light-hearted ones below (hint: if you can’t think who that person is, it’s probably you!)
The Chatterbox is friendly and outgoing, but they also have a habit of jumping into other people’s conversations. While Chatterboxes may think everyone is their friend, in reality many people try to avoid them for fear of getting trapped away from their desks in a 30-minute story about their weekend!
There’s always someone who’s first in, last out, often not taking fresh air breaks or popping out for lunch. Driven and ambitious, the Workaholic may seem good for the company at first, but not if they don’t look after their health and wellbeing – they can’t work all day if they’re off sick with exhaustion!
The Messy One
Whether it’s leaving mouldy food in the communal fridge, or piles of notes and paperwork over their desks, there’s always someone who just doesn’t seem interested in tidying up. This person may need a quiet word in their ear about hygiene, but don’t be too hard on them – they say that messiness is associated with creativity, so perhaps this person is a creative spirit!
The Over Emailer
Inboxes get pretty rammed these days, especially when you have people overloading them with unimportant messages or those that could just as easily be said face-to-face. Whether it’s a document that wasn’t actually relevant to everyone in the department, or a cute cat photo they just had to share, this person needs to learn about instant messaging!
The Delegator always looks busy, but don’t be fooled – they have a habit of delegating work to their colleagues rather than doing it themselves! So they don’t necessarily have the best time management skills, but their persuasive skills are certainly impressive.
With a greater understanding of your tribe’s personalities, you’ll gain a deeper insight into how they take instruction, how they deal with stress and how they interact with their co-workers.
Of course, if you want to really bond your tribe and bring disparate teams together, a day in the trees at Go Ape is a team-building activity like no other. No matter what their personality type is, their differences will be cast aside as they swing from ropes and zoom along zip wires with their workmates!