Work can be challenging, especially when navigating how to work with others who think and act differently than you.
It can be frustrating when people don’t approach a problem or situation the way you would. These situations can be one of the biggest stressors in the workplace! Fortunately, understanding your workstyle, strengths, and weaknesses can help lessen that stress, as you learn how to most effectively interact and work with others.
There are four main work styles: thinkers, doers, feelers, and seers. Keep reading to find out more about your potential work style and those around you!
Thinkers place great value on specific details and data. When solving a problem, thinkers tend to stop and think to make sure they are being as thorough and thoughtful as possible. Thinkers are analytical, numbers driven and love research.
Feelers are people pleasers and building meaningful relationships is very important to them. They are very empathic and believe building a team that is collaborative, supportive and innovative is key to successful in the workplace. Feelers tend to be the ones who ensures the team is moving cohesively together.
Doers prefer to take action rather than to critically think about all the consequences of a problem. They love to-do lists, tasks and getting things done! Doers like to move fast, be in control and hit the ground running when working on a project.
Seers are the imaginative and creative ones who love brainstorming new ideas. They tend to jump from one idea to another, exploring new possibilities of cutting-edge innovation. Seers are driven, they always want to build for the future, which can cause for them to be easily distracted.
Tips on how to interact most productively with other styles:
When working with a thinker, it’s best to give them as much information on the project or topic as possible. Research, articles, and as many details as possible is helpful.
When working with a doer, in order to be most efficient while communicating skip the small details and talk with bullet points and important headlines.
When working with a feeler, make sure you mention how the project will help strength the teams dynamics. In addition to reaffirming how much you appreciate their hard work.
When working with a seer, it is important to emphasize to them what you are working on is unique and where specifically you need their creative ideas and input.