How to Work with Different Personalities in The Office

In your life you’ll probably have quite a few jobs before you settle on one career. So you’ll need to be able to work with many different types of people. Unfortunately, not all of them will be easy to work with. That’s why we compiled the following tips to help you work efficiently with anyone.

  • Learn how they work:  When you start working with new people, it’s crucial to learn their work styles. Is your colleague hyper-organized, writing everything down and entering it into a calendar app? Or is she less detail-oriented and more focused on the big picture? Once you know how your teammates work, then you can start figuring out the best ways to work with them.
  • Know you don’t have to be friends:  If you’re having trouble working with someone because you don’t like him as a person, stop right there. Being friends with your co-workers is great, but it’s not a necessity. Don’t take everything so personally. Stop yourself from giving criticism that has more to do your coworker’s personality than the work he does. It’s unhelpful. Even if you and your co-worker are complete opposites, there has to be at least one issue you agree on. Finding it will help you work better together.
  • Be professional:  This goes hand in hand with the tip above. When you’re in the workplace, act like it. Own up to your mistakes. Don’t give excuses – to you they may sound like a valid defense, but to other people they sound like a cop-out for why something wasn’t done. And if you know someone else on your team has made a mistake, point it out to her as tactfully as possible.
  • Learn each other’s strengths: Albert Einstein once said, “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” To get the most out of your teammates, you have to figure out what they excel at. If someone you work with is friendly and outgoing but not a number cruncher, it’s probably not a good idea to relegate him to filing in a dusty room.
  • Take a quiz: If you want to get clinical about it, there are a bunch of self assessment tests out there. You can find out all of your teammates’ personality types and their strengths just by filling out a simple survey.

Using these tips will not only make working at your current job easier, but it’ll also make you a more attractive candidate for other positions down the road. Be flexible and remember that you don’t necessarily have to like someone to be able to work with them.

Enjoyed this? Check out How to Define Productivity!

Written by Roselyn Sebastian 

In your life you’ll probably have quite a few jobs before you settle on one career. So you’ll need to be able to work with many different types of people. Unfortunately, not all of them will be easy to work with. That’s why we compiled the following tips to help you work efficiently with anyone.

  • Learn how they work:  When you start working with new people, it’s crucial to learn their work styles. Is your colleague hyper-organized, writing everything down and entering it into a calendar app? Or is she less detail-oriented and more focused on the big picture? Once you know how your teammates work, then you can start figuring out the best ways to work with them.
  • Know you don’t have to be friends:  If you’re having trouble working with someone because you don’t like him as a person, stop right there. Being friends with your co-workers is great, but it’s not a necessity. Don’t take everything so personally. Stop yourself from giving criticism that has more to do your coworker’s personality than the work he does. It’s unhelpful. Even if you and your co-worker are complete opposites, there has to be at least one issue you agree on. Finding it will help you work better together.
  • Be professional:  This goes hand in hand with the tip above. When you’re in the workplace, act like it. Own up to your mistakes. Don’t give excuses – to you they may sound like a valid defense, but to other people they sound like a cop-out for why something wasn’t done. And if you know someone else on your team has made a mistake, point it out to her as tactfully as possible.
  • Learn each other’s strengths: Albert Einstein once said, “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” To get the most out of your teammates, you have to figure out what they excel at. If someone you work with is friendly and outgoing but not a number cruncher, it’s probably not a good idea to relegate him to filing in a dusty room.
  • Take a quiz: If you want to get clinical about it, there are a bunch of self assessment tests out there. You can find out all of your teammates’ personality types and their strengths just by filling out a simple survey.

Using these tips will not only make working at your current job easier, but it’ll also make you a more attractive candidate for other positions down the road. Be flexible and remember that you don’t necessarily have to like someone to be able to work with them.

Enjoyed this? Check out How to Define Productivity!

Written by Roselyn Sebastian 

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