Ways to successfully work with different personalities in the office

At some point in our careers, most of us have had to deal with someone who we can’t seem to get along with or just don’t like. In fact, you probably just had the name of a co-worker come to mind after reading that sentence.

Working with personality types different from your own can present a challenge, especially if you must handle a project together. Here are a few tips that I’ve learned for working together with all types of people.

1. Know that you’re on the same team.  <<Click to Tweet!>> Though sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of it when you get into the weeds, remember that you share objectives. You’re both working towards the same goals for the company, and partnering together is much easier than competing. You may encounter very strong opinions (which we all have, let’s be honest), but know that is the result of having a passionate team.

2. Learn their personality type it might not be what you think.  <<Click to Tweet!>> This one was huge for me. Our team took the DiSC assessment to discover more about ourselves and our co-workers. Knowing other people’s DiSC styles can help you understand their priorities and how they may differ from your own. You also learn how you react to certain personality types and how to increase your effectiveness with styles that are different from your own. Overall, you can improve the quality of your team and workplace build more effective relationships by using this tool.

3. Ask how others work.  <<Click to Tweet!>> Do they live at inbox zero? If so, email might not be the best form of communication for just a simple question. They may even have a rule set up in their inbox to have your emails go directly to their junk folder (joking, of course)! Your colleagues may prefer you to ping them on instant messaging instead of clogging up their inbox. Or, maybe they prefer quick in-person chats. But remember, strive to keep your discussions less than 90 seconds so that everyone can get back to work promptly.

Working with different personality types isn’t easy, but it’s a necessity for productivity in the workplace. Remember, you can’t change others. But you can use these three tips to increase your success at working across teams with them.

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