Nick Pollitt, managing director of dci furniture solutions, believes that more can be done to facilitate the needs of every employee, regardless of their personality traits.
It’s important to understand how different personality types thrive.
For example, introverts and extroverts Introverts dislike noise, interruptions and big group settings, they prefer time to think before speaking and benefit from building relationships and trust one-on-one. Space is important for them to focus and they much prefer individual projects.
Whereas extroverts gravitate toward groups and tend to think out loud becoming energized by personal interactions, social gatherings and shared ideas.
To further understand the need to accommodate for these personality traits, Nick spoke to a range of business leaders who share their advice on catering to many.
Cherry Ainsworth, Talen Acquisition Leader at PatSnap:
“The modern work place, for the most part, does very little to accommodate for introverted individuals. Skills and characteristics that many associate with extroverts include big personality, taking risks and motivation. All of those are fantastic attributes but if applied to everyone, it can run the risk of becoming a team of big clashing characters, who lack direction and emotional sensitivity.”
How to make your office space work for everyone:
Nick Pollitt, managing director of DBI Furniture explains how to create a workspace that caters for both introverts and extroverts, he suggests:
Extroverts thrive on social situations, so you should aim to include common areas in your workspace and opportunities to collaborate in your office design.
Tom Craig, co-founder at Impression:
"For me as a manager, it's all about respecting individual differences. Our team is made up of a wide range of people, from different backgrounds, different ages, different experience levels. We also have people who are quieter and tend to keep themselves to themselves more, and those who are a bit more extrovert around the office.
What's been really important for us as our team has grown is that we keep these differences in mind and accommodate everyone."