Work-life balance is one of those topics that seem a regular source of discussion in recent times. Indeed, I only recently wrote about a study highlighting the impact our work-life balance has on our sleep levels.
“Here we showed that an intervention focused on changing the workplace culture could increase the measured amount of sleep employees obtain, as well as their perception that their sleep was more sufficient,” the researchers concluded. “Work can be a calling and inspirational, as well as a paycheck, but work should not be detrimental to health. It is possible to mitigate some of the deleterious effects of work by reducing work-family conflict, and improving sleep.”
As the importance of work-life balance has risen, so too have attempts to understand it better. One of the more interesting strands has been around particular personality types. I’ve written a few times about how there are certain personality types that seem to succeed more in life and in business. Is there a particular personality type for achieving a good work-life balance?
That was the question posed by a recent infographic produced by Sage. They looked at various personality traits that define how we work, and have produced a useful flow diagram to help you determine whether you have a well-adjusted work-life balance or not.
It asks questions such as whether you’re happy in a chaotic work environment or whether you prefer keeping to a schedule. Do you regard your family time as the most important thing in your life or does work come first?
By following the flow chart, you’re assigned to one of four personality types:
- Family focused – your family is key, so you want a job that fits around your family life.
- Regular and reliable – a sense of order is key so that you can plan your life accordingly.
- Flexible – you appreciate being able to mould your life and adapt to changing needs and circumstances.
- Dynamic – a rapidly changing environment is key and you derive great energy and enjoyment from such a setting.
The classification is an interesting one and chimes with a greater attempt to understand how personality affects our work. Previous studies have explored, for instance how adept we are at working unsupervised from home.
It emerged that the kind of traits that generally condition us for success in life, such as conscientiousness and agreeableness, were also key to working well flexibly. Such people were better able to focus on their work, regardless of their location.
How do you score in the Sage test? Do you think the results accurately reflect your personality type, and do you think you have a strong work-life balance and can flourish working flexibly?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.