How Personality Affects Remote Work

29th Aug 2022

The better an individual's personality and traits align with their career, the more likely they are to work productively and have higher job satisfaction.

Knowing your personality type can help you to build a higher level of self-awareness around your thoughts, emotions and behaviours, creating a greater understanding of how this impacts working styles and interactions with team members. 

What is your personality type?

There are lots of personality tests that can be found online to help you identify your personality type. Results can vary and may not always be accurate, they can however be used as a guide to help individuals understand more about themselves. Or for teams to get to know one another a little better. 

At Flexa, we have a range of personality types, some of us being more extroverted and data-driven, while others are more introverted but incredibly creative. At Flexa, in order for us to work better together, each person has a ‘manual of me’, where we communicate our needs and working preferences.

Skills companies look for in remote employees

For productivity to be maximised and remote work to be successful, remote workers must possess skills such as strong communications skills, accountability and discipline. 

We’ve touched on a few of the key skills required below: 

  • Strong organisation and planning skills - when working from home, you’ll only have yourself to keep you motivated and on track. You’ll need to continually organise, plan and prioritise to ensure you can complete work to deadlines yet maintain an optimal work-life blend. 
  • Communication skills - instant messaging and meetings are common and useful amongst remote workers; however, messages can sometimes be misconstrued and you may find yourself being involved in meetings where you’re not necessarily needed. It’s vital that both employees and managers keep their messages clear and concise and every meeting and call has an agenda to ensure maximum efficiency. 
  • Being adaptable - remote workers need to be able to adapt quickly to ever-changing workplace environments, from learning how to use new software and technologies, to be able to collaborate effectively with new colleagues, despite being geographically dispersed.  

Remote working for introverts

A remote working arrangement might be a great option for introverted individuals, but this does not mean this type of working arrangement can’t benefit other personality types. Introverts tend to favour this type of flexible working arrangement as they get their energy from being alone with fewer distractions

According to data from Myers-Briggs, 74% of introverted people do not wish to have full-time remote work. Although introverts enjoy solitude, being fully isolated and disconnected from society both personally and professionally may take its toll. It’s important for employers to recognise this to create engaged teams that serve all team members. 

All in all, inclusivity and choice is crucial; having different flexible working options available to cater for all team members. 

How do you know if a job will be fully remote?

All companies showcased on Flexa have been through stringent measures to ensure they are truly flexible places to work. That’s right - we don’t just look at whether a company is remote, we measure companies based on how flexible they are. Flexible working includes other benefits such as flexible working hours, and work from anywhere schemes, alongside plenty of other flexible working arrangements.

If you’re looking for a fully remote job you can check out specific roles based on your skills and experience, or you can browse through our list of Flexified companies to find out more about who you’d really love to work for.

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