Tweaking Your Office Design According to Myers-Briggs Personality Types
A high level of productivity in the workplace is the secret ingredient to a successful business.
Ever since workers started reporting to an office with cheap furniture, fluorescent lights, and plain white walls for eight hours a day, however, productivity has taken a blow in many organizations. Employees are forced to adapt to a workspace that doesn’t always breed productivity.
But before you spend a huge amount of money and redesign the whole thing into a Google-style office, relax. All you really need to do is to make a few design tweaks that will work well with each Myers-Briggs personality types.
Extroverts & Introverts
If you have an open office plan, a good layout for extroverts, create “neighborhoods” using modular desk setups. This will give introverts their space, and will allow them to personalize their area. Give introverts a dedicated area that’s away from high traffic, too, as this allows them periods of downtime from socializing with the other employees.
Provide brainstorming hubs and lounge areas for extroverts as well, as New Life Office suggests, so they can do what they do best: inspire and engage others.
Sensing & Intuition
Employees who have Sensing as their dominant personality trait prefer quiet and traditional office layouts, as well as sensible desk setups. Intuition types, on the other hand, typically expand their creativity in brainstorming others. This means they need visual workspaces, and prefer luxury ergonomic chairs, deep work cubbies, and wire-free audio-visual setups.
Thinking & Feeling
Thinking personalities typically become the best managers because of their ability to lead and for their objectivity. Give them sizeable modern desks positioned in the middle of the office or in high-traffic areas, as they need clear access for others to reach them.
Feeling types, on the other hand, are supportive, but not necessarily outgoing. So give them privacy with cubicles; they also prefer gentle lighting, water features, and comfortable acoustic chairs.
Organizations often use the Myers-Briggs Personality Test to know the personal strengths each employee will bring to the office. But you can also use it to optimize the workspace, and help them hit the ground running from day one.