Personalities in the Workplace

Watching tempers flare and personalities clash may be fun on Celebrity Apprentice, but it’s hardly entertaining when that ‘reality’ hits your workplace.  Many workplace conflicts and misunderstandings can be solved by understanding differences in personality types, work styles, communication practices, and mindsets.  Learning about each other’s strengths and differences will help teams communicate more effectively and work more productively together.  So, leave the drama to Donald Trump’s boardroom, and take a look at the four primary DISC personality types at the workplace:

The Dominant “D” type – An outgoing, task-oriented individual will be focused on getting things done, accomplishing tasks, getting to the bottom line as quickly as possible and MAKING IT HAPPEN!

The key insight in developing a relationship with this type person is RESPECT and RESULTS.

The Inspiring “I” type – An outgoing, people-oriented individual loves to interact, socialize and have fun. This person is focused on what others may think of him or her.

The key insight in developing a relationship with this type person is ADMIRATION and RECOGNITION.

The Supportive “S” type – A reserved, people-oriented individual will enjoy relationships, helping or supporting other people and working together as a team.

The key insight in developing a relationship with this person is FRIENDLINESS and SINCERE APPRECIATION.

The Cautious “C” type – A reserved, task-oriented individual will seek value, consistency and quality information. This person focuses on being correct and accurate.

The key insight in developing a relationship with this individual is TRUST and INTEGRITY.

Before labeling yourself and coworkers, or focusing solely on weaknesses, it’s important to remember that everyone displays some degree of each of these personality types. The purpose of using the DISC personality profile is to highlight individuals’ strengths, and address certain ‘blind spots’ one may have regarding their personality.

Understanding the four basic ways people work and think, and having a healthy, accurate, and constructive view of oneself and others will undoubtedly enhance coworker relationships and reduce workplace conflict.

What personality type are you? Comment or tweet us @ACISpecBenefits.

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