No matter what industry we’re in, we all work in totally diverse environments that consist of a variety of personalities. Some of these personalities will clash with ours, and some will click with ours in a matter of seconds; but how do we understand and manage the difference? And more importantly, which work personality category do we fall into ourselves?
Usually, we won’t know the answer the latter; as it’s only our fellow colleagues who can determine what type of person we are within the boundaries of work. We as individuals don’t tend to notice our own irritating habits or our quirks that make us fit in the way we do in a work environment. But when it comes to our co-workers, we think we’ve got them all figured out.
So, which personality category do you and your co-workers identify with the most?
- The talker
Every work place across the world has a few ‘talkers’ – and if truth be told, we’d be lost without them. The talkers are the people who keep the buzz of the office going all day long. They big up all the positive ideas that are being brought to the table, and they are usually the ones who come up with them in the first place because of their confidence. This doesn’t always mean that the ideas follow through, because talkers can be all mouth and no trousers. Whilst they fill the place with optimism and productivity, they can also fall into the dreaded ‘gossip’ category; which is what none of us want to be labelled as. Talkers make friends with everyone; but if you’re a talker, it’s important to think before you speak – because you might be getting a few people’s last nerve!
- The doer
The polar opposite of the talker – the doer. A doer is someone who tends to sit quietly, keeps themselves to themselves for the most part, and gets things done on an unimaginable scale. These are the people who could have a pile of work the size of Mount Everest stacked up on their desk in the morning, and by lunchtime they’ve somehow powered through the lot. Their work ethic is undeniable, but these are usually the shy ones of the office too, and they need to be brought out of their shell more when it comes to socialising and finding that perfect balance.
- The flyer
More commonly known as the Queen or King of drama; the flyer is a person who is renowned for getting a bit over-emotional and causing a bit of tension. These qualities are not necessarily a bad thing; because flyers are full to the brim with passion and authority, which means they know exactly how to get the job done. But, at the same time, these are also the people that the rest of the office can sometimes feel a little intimidated by. If you find that everyone keeps their distance from you or bows down to you a bit too often, maybe you should consider toning it down a little.
- The procrastinator
The daydreamers. The pies in the sky. The chilled out bunch. Procrastinators are the people who put off doing their work as much as they possibly can, or produce work to a bit of a lazy standard. Whilst their productivity may not be up to scratch, these lot tend to be the more creative ones with a lot of ambition; and perhaps their lack of ‘get up and go’ is all down to their motivation levels rather than their capability. Procrastinators usually need to be under good management; someone who can give them a bit of a kick when they need to be pushed. Once they are pushed, their work probably has the potential to be better than most.
- The crawler
No, not someone who moves around the office on their hands and knees. A crawler is a person who is – for lack of a better word – a little bit of a suck-up. They are the ones who like to overly flatter everyone, and butter up their boss as much as possible. Whilst it can be irritating for their fellow cohorts, the crawler is someone who will always respect you and help you as much as they can. Being liked is not such a bad thing, and the crawler has a bucket load of friendliness and support to give out – so they’re certainly useful to have around.
Regardless of what category you fall into, work is a place that is chock-a-block of different people with different qualities and traits – which is something every one of us should embrace.
Being somewhere on a daily basis that is wall to wall with variety and diversity can only help a business grow and move forward. Different people have the ability to come together and turn their individual strengths into an unbeatable team.
Can you think of any work personality types we might have missed? Leave us a comment and let us know.