How personality affects work from home productivity

We would all agree that success for work from home professionals depends upon a whole host of factors. Yet, are there specific traits in some people that make them perform better than others? Recent research certainly seems to suggest that our personality has a significant impact on productivity and is therefore directly linked to professional performance. Getting a better insight into the personality-productivity link can help you to understand your unique strengths and gainfully leverage them to enhance your efficiency when working from home.

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Introverts work best by themselves or in smaller groups where they have established their comfort zone. They look inwards for energy and inspiration, and usually tend to be sensitive and creative. Extroverts thrive on social interactions and are best suited for roles that involve communicating with and influencing people.

Are you a morning person or an evening person?

Studies show that this trait in not just a superficial preference but a characteristic that we are born with and one that largely remains unchanged throughout life. For most of us, the time of day has a direct bearing on our productivity; therefore adapting your work routine around your natural inclination can help ensure that you put your best foot forward on every task you undertake.

When it comes to processing information – are you detail oriented or intuitive?

If you tend to focus on the minute details and prefer to follow outlined plans you will do well in positions that involve implementation of strategies and execution of complex projects. If, on the other hand, your mind is more abstract and you find yourself adding meaning to the bigger picture, you would make for an excellent innovator. Such people are guided by their intuition and work well with minimum direction.

Are you a thinker or a feeler?

Thinkers are logical, objective and consistent – their decisions are based on analysis and reason. They do not let personal opinion, individual wishes or even diplomacy influence their decision making. If you are a thinker you would flourish in a role where there is data to be interpreted and concrete goals to be met.

For feelers the best decisions are those that do not disturb the intrinsic harmony of the environment and take into consideration the values and opinions of the people involved. They would rather be compassionate and tactful than bluntly expressing facts as they are. Feelers would excel at people oriented or communication roles such as teachers, counsellors, social workers etc. where they are required to directly interact with the public.

Are you a judger or perceiver?

This refers to your orientation towards the external world – whether you prefer a structured, predictable lifestyle or one that is flexible and spontaneous. If you are a judger you like to plan your schedules and have an organised and meticulous style of working. You are comfortable having everything under control and never need to rush to meet deadlines. Judgers would thrive in positions where they can capitalise on their organisational skills and high levels of concentration.

Perceivers like to adapt rather than plan and organise. They are more spontaneous in their approach to work and are more tuned to acquiring new information and experiences.  They often find themselves working best under pressure. If you are a perceiver you would be best suited to roles that give you an opportunity to use your adaptability and present you with sufficient challenges to keep you stimulated.

The work from home perspective

From the above traits, it may appear that introverts would be the ideal candidates to work from home. The same can apply to intuitive people as they work best under minimal supervision. Between the thinkers and feelers, it is the latter that would benefit from work from home positions as they minimise stressful situations arising from conflicts in the workplace. In the last group, it’s probably the judgers who would thrive in a work from home environment as they prefer to follow a fixed schedule and are able to separate work and play.

However, these are only broad guidelines and most people possess a blend of these traits in varying degrees. Recognising your unique characteristics and using them to maximum advantage in your chosen field is key to productivity and professional success.