How to Handle Different Office Personalities

It can be difficult to manage different personalities within an office. Whether it be a small or large office, you likely have varying generations working under one roof.

With different personalities comes different ways to manage each person. This applies to both managers and co-workers. You might be the manager, trying to figure out how to best communicate with your employees or an employee, working out the best way to create a happy and enjoyable work environment for yourself and your co-workers. The tips below are a good place to start.

Figure out personality types

Firstly, figure out your own personality type. If you had to take a personality test when you were hired, ask your employer for the results. If you haven’t taken one, try one. There are plenty of free options online. Once you know your own personality type, and how you best work, it may explain how you interact with others who work a different way than you.

Ask how they best work

While the personality tests are great, don’t assume based on a personality assessment that someone works best one way. The best way to figure it out is to ask. You may like to receive email notifications while your co-worker might prefer a note on their desk. Assuming things won’t get you anywhere, so again, ask.

Realise that you are on the same team

You may have a different opinion about how something is being done. Just remember that you are all working towards the same thing; the success of the company. It is okay to work differently towards the same outcome.

Don’t take things personally

Employees may be reluctant to change and may push back, or they could close up when they don’t agree with what a manager/co-worker is doing or saying. Don’t take it personally. You will not be able to please everyone, and it is not a direct reflection on you.

Figure out their strengths

No one is an expert on everything. Learn about the strengths of your employees or co-workers. They may be good at spreadsheets while you are better with correspondence. If you know their strengths, engage with them by asking for their expertise on a subject matter. They will appreciate being consulted and you may learn something new.