Remote working has become the norm over the past few months for the majority of UK office workers. While working from home has its perks, is this working environment suitable for everyone’s personality?
ISG, a global construction specialist, developed a Workplace Personality Test that can help employees understand better what type of working environment suits them best. By incorporating research findings from a recently conducted survey of 5,779 office workers in the UK, Germany, Spain, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia about the importance of workplace for employees” productivity, ISG collaborated with a trainee clinical psychologist to develop a set of statements that can indicate your workplace preferences depending on your character. The test is based on the Big Five personality theory.
With a looming uncertainty about the future of working, employers rely on employees to communicate their needs clearly. Sometimes this is easier said than done, and this tool aims to enable people to understand what these are.
The survey indicated that plenty of natural light (55%), plenty of fresh air (48%) and being able to work from home or outside of the workplace (45%) came on top as the main employee priorities for UK workers.
In terms of the regional split, employees working in Edinburgh tend to have the highest satisfaction about their workplace conditions (63%), followed by London (55%) and Birmingham (53%). However, employees working in Cardiff are least satisfied by their workplace with only 37% confirming so.
Even with the rise of remote working, businesses who invest in their workplace are seeing the benefits. Some 42% of employees in the UK who are satisfied with their workplace conditions say they are able to deliver products or services effectively, compared to only 9% of those who are unsatisfied. Similarly, 39% of employees in excellent working conditions feel a sense of belonging to their company compared to only 6% of those in poor working conditions.
“The Covid-19 global crisis has proven the ability and desire to work remotely more routinely is likely to accelerate changes in the workplace. Consequently, it is probable that there will be a reduction in the allocation of desk space in the typical office, but this might be offset with an increase in the space attributed to social engagement,” Matt Hurrell, ISG’s board director for its UK Fit Out business, said.
“This is key in bringing teams together, enhancing collaboration and stimulating creative thinking. In tandem with growing awareness and consideration of neurodiversity and well-being in the workplace, this may see a greater emphasis being placed on light, sound and further enhancement in the flexibility of the workspace area.
Hannah Baker is a trainee clinical psychologist who collaborated on this research to discover ways in which employees” personality traits can be indicators of their preferences for office or remote working.
“When considering your workspace, it is important to remember that all people respond to their environments differently,” she says. “It can be helpful to think about where your motivation comes from some people are motivated internally, while others respond to external factors. Also, understanding how other people impact your work can help. Individuals who are more introverted might find thinking independently in a quiet space most helpful. Extroverts, however, might prefer a busy office space, where they can exchange ideas and information with others.
By using the Big Five personality theory as the foundation, the test outlines ten statements that are based on five main dimensions of an individual’s personality extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, stress and openness to experience. Respondents are asked if they agree with the statements and depending on the number of positive responses they are sorted in three workplace personality types available on https://www.isgltd.com/en/campaigns/workplace-personality-types.