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How Your Personality Affects Your Productivity When Working From Home

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Whether you desire to be self-employed, or have the opportunity to work from home through your employer, your personality can affect your job performance. However, it is not a deciding factor in whether or not you can be a success – that is largely determined by your work habits, work preferences, and your work environment. Nevertheless, it is important to understand how your personality can affect your ability to work in order to become an at-home success.

So, how can one become informed as to how their personality affects their job performance? Consider beginning with the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

See Also: How to Ace a Personality Test

How the Assessment Works

The assessment covers four types of pairings: extraversion or introversion; intuition or sensing; thinking or feeling; and judging or perceiving. Understanding how these factors play into work performance is the key to success.

Introvert or Extravert?

While being introverted might be seen as ideal for at-home work, being isolated can also provide little motivation, regardless whether you telecommute or are self-employed. If you tend to enjoy isolation from the crowd, the environment of solitude can affect your ability to speak up and stay focused when contributing to group efforts or working with clients. Likewise, if you are an extravert, the isolation of the home environment can stifle your energy to work because of the lack of human contact.

Intuitive or Sensor?

If you tend to look at things from a broad perspective, consider this a plus in the home-working environment. You don’t need a lot of direction and you thrive using your own intuition in directing a project. However, if you tend to be more detail-oriented and thrive on direction, you might have more difficulty working from home unless the work is very specific in its design.

Thinker or Feeler?

This can influence your ability to function in the at-home environment because it affects the way you understand the remote communications you receive during your daily work. If you are a thinker, you tend to be turned off by verbose communications, while feelers can be affected if the communication text appears too blunt in nature. Thus, your emotions can get the better of you and cause unnecessary stress that is often mitigated by the face-to-face interaction in an office space.

Judger or Perceiver?

Judgers can find it easy to work from home because of their ability to easily separate work from play. They naturally focus on getting the task done and enjoy the closure that comes from it. However, this can also cause them to make decisions too quickly and botch a project. In contrast, a perceiver is excellent at spreading out their tasks, and they are not prone to complete a task too quickly. The downside, however, is that this can also cause them to become easily distracted and hamper their ability to make a strong decision.

The Key to a Successful Work-from-Home Strategy

Being a success when it comes to working from home is also dependent on the company for which you work. Companies that provide accountability through policies requiring weekly video conferences, monthly in-office workdays, as well as possess remote project management software to enhance productivity, tend to be the best companies where employees can thrive in a work-at-home environment. Individuals who seek self-employed work-at-home opportunities tend to lack these resources, but that does not mean they are incapable of succeeding, given their ability to structure their work.

See Also: 15 Ways to Be More Productive When Working From Home

Ultimately, the success of working from home is largely dependent on your motivation to do the work. Almost any personality can be a success!

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