A diverse organization will surely have members with varying personalities. And sometimes, this doesn’t go well. Have you experienced not getting along with a co-worker because your personalities don’t “click”? Did you have a hard time working with that colleague? Or did you hire someone but that person didn’t stick because his or her personality didn’t match your work culture?
As professional as you or the members of your organization may be, the difference in personalities may pose a threat to producing the best work results or achieving your company goals. Here are the reasons why personalities matter in the workplace.
Why do personalities matter at work?
Better Job Fit
Fact: employee turnovers are expensive! The cost ranges from 30% to 150% of an employee’s salary. At the same time, you also lose a chunk of your business when an employee leaves. Personalities also factor in an employee’s decision to stay in the company or not. If his or her personality doesn’t fit with the company culture, what makes you think that person will stay?
The same goes for the job. For example, a person that doesn’t like talking or speaking in public will most likely not get a job that requires him or her to do so. Having the right personalities for the job or organization will result in a better job fit and reduce the amount of turnover.
A More Cohesive Team
Understanding your team members personalities, as well as yours, will help you work better with other people. A team is made up of individuals, and personality can be the mortar that holds the team together or the chisel that tears it apart. Members of the team have to be able to work and engage together.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that people with the same personalities work better together, or those with opposing ones don’t. It’s all about whether the members are “team players”. This problem is one reason why teams fail. Fortunately, there are interview questions that can help you determine if a talent is a team player or not. There are also assessments and tools that allow you to further examine a person, their personality, and behaviors, as well as help you build better workplace teams.
You can learn how to create a more cohesive team in a two-day workshop this coming May 17-18, 2018! Learn more about it here.
Utilizing strengths and improving weaknesses
Personality also plays an importance in determining a person’s strengths and weaknesses. In a team, you can assign a task to a member where you know he or she will do well. At the same time, you’d be able to think what each member can and can’t do.
On a personal level, while your skills are important on how well you can do your job, knowing where your personality can become a talent will dynamically change the way you interact with your work.
Maybe you haven’t noticed it, but your personality plays an important role in your satisfaction with your job and the teams that you belong to. After all, the most important thing is your happiness!
One well-known tool for determining your personality is the DISC personality model. Be a certified DISC expert now!