WORK-LIFE BALANCE / JUN. 02, 2016
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The Best Personality Types for Remote Workers

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In order to work effectively as a remote worker, you have to be comfortable with uncertainty and be well-organised. Are you able to pull this through?

Finding the right career or job depends on a variety of things. Apart from personal interests, values and ambitions, your personality also has a huge role to play regarding career happiness. If you enjoy taking risks, perhaps this means you should become a pilot, firefighter or even join the army. Likewise, if you prefer a career where your work responsibilities end when you leave the office this may be a sign that you are more suited to work in 9 to 5 job instead of opening your own business.

As far as it concerns your personality, there are many things it can tell you about where and how you would like to work. In the case of remote working, certain personality types are more suited to this kind of work than others.

See Also: How to Discover Your Personality Type to Find The Best Job For You

Check out which personality types are more likely to excel at remote working and decide if you can see yourself as a remote worker.

#1 People Who Enjoy Ambiguity

Research shows that ambiguity is an essential requirement for virtual working. People who aren’t comfortable with ambiguity may struggle to succeed as remote workers for the reason they want to have a clear indication of what they need to do and enjoy receiving instructions from their superiors. But since working remotely requires initiative and independence it’s more suited to those who can work with uncertainty from time to time.

#2 Highly-Organised People

Because virtual working is very different to being at the office, it requires an entirely different approach. Virtual teams aren’t as structured and have no specific processes in place. What this means is that remote workers should be able to organise their work better to keep focused on their work. Other life responsibilities can make virtual working demanding and employees also need to possess excellent time management skills.

#3 Extroverted People

It may come as a surprise, but extroverts are more suited to virtual work than introverts. Even though you would expect introverts to fit the remote worker’s profile better – just because they are usually more reserved, shy and prefer to work alone, it’s extroverts who tend to excel in virtual working. This makes sense considering that as a remote worker you need to be able to form the necessary connections and have a strong support network to be able to ‘survive’.

#4 Carefree People

A carefree person would fit the profile of a remote worker because they are more likely to adhere to the lifestyle. Workers who don’t have many obligations out of work including family responsibilities are more engaged with their remote team and as a result, they tend to perform better. Remote working may be stressful for some people considering that they will have to handle many projects at once and away from an office. Being mindful and relaxed is an advantage for carefree individuals who work as remote workers.

#5 Entrepreneurial People

People who enjoy launching side projects and getting involved in a range of activities excel at virtual working. This is because they have the ability to multitask, to go after what they want and usually succeed in doing so. These people are great remote workers because they have the discipline and motivation to do things for themselves.

See Also: The Best Careers for Your Personality Type

Are there any other personality types you think would fit the profile of a remote worker? If yes, let me know what you think in the comments section below…

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