What’s your 'office persona'?

Some employees enjoy working in teams; others prefer working alone

What’s your 'office persona'?

Diversity in the workplace extends to a diversity of “workstyles,” or the unique manner by which people get their job done.

To help employees reach their full potential, organisations will need to adapt to the different working personas thriving in their teams, according to a new study by Microsoft Canada.

Most employees believe, for instance, that working in a group is beneficial to them: 68% of these workers claim it is “motivating” and 71% say it is “inspiring.” In contrast, about half of respondents overall say they are more productive if they work on projects alone.

Technology also plays an important role in helping workers do their job, with two-thirds of participants saying that they need the latest tools for their work to succeed.

The study identified other factors that impact how people work and how they work best.

Researchers looked at the different traits, habits, working styles, and preferences of employees then divided these factors into four personas: the Connected Builder, the Autonomous Problem-solver, the Creative Connector, and the Independent Ally.

Microsoft Canada interviewed 2,000 workers in full-time employment. Participants were asked about the attitudes and habits they have in the workplace.

1. The Connected Builder
About 30% of workers interviewed can be considered connected builders. People with this persona are often multi-taskers that are passionate about their job, often bringing their tasks home so they can finish it in the evening or over the weekend. Nearly all connected builders (91%) consider themselves focused individuals, while 70% see themselves as ambitious.

2. The Autonomous Problem-solver
Another 30% of participants fall under the autonomous problem-solver category. These are individuals who have a penchant for doing things their own way. Fifty-six percent of workers with this persona like to take time to carefully flesh out ideas in their head. However, 43% of autonomous problem-solvers have a difficult time focusing. They require the use of mobile technology and the freedom to work offsite so they can finish a task.

3. The Creative Connector
Creative connectors make up about 20% of workers interviewed. These individuals believe they work better and are more creative when they are part of a team. Seventy-one percent of creative connectors prefer working with others all or most of the time.

4. The Independent Ally
Independent allies are those who prefer working on tasks alone, making up the remaining 20% of respondents. About 60% of these individuals find that they are most productive when they are on their own.


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