In our last blog post we explored whether your personality may affect the type of job you enjoy. This week, we give you some tips on how to establish if your job and personality match up
According to a recent study by consulting firm Mercer, fifty percent of employees are checked-out or actively looking to leave their current jobs. This can be the result of a miss-match between an individual’s personality and the job that they are working in, or the company and people they are working with.
To uncover whether or not your personality fits your job, here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Do you feel appropriately challenged or stretched? The right job should challenge and grow you as a professional, but not to the point that you feel uncomfortable all of the time. Try to identify what about the role that is particularly difficult challenging.
- Do you feel motivated? You can take our poll to shed some light in this area. Some people are naturally more motivated at work than others, but constant lack of motivation could be a sign of trouble.
- Do you fit in with your colleagues? Discover how you compare to your work colleagues by inviting them to join you on PersonaBubble. If you share some personality traits in common, chances are that you will understand and get along with them more easily.
- Do you share the same values as your company? Aligning your values and those that the company stands for is critical.
- Do you feel comfortable in the working environment? Take our poll to find out more about your preferences toward working environment. For example, if you feel like a creative nearly suffocating in a stiff suit, you may not be in the right place.
If you answered yes to the questions above, you are a part of the lucky half and probably feel happy and energized at work. However, try not to get too comfortable and continue seeking opportunities to be challenged and building relationships with your colleagues.
If you answered no to the questions above, it’s likely that you are constantly feeling stressed, drained or de-motivated (or maybe all of these emotions at once). There are many ways to improve the issue, but diagnosing the source is the first step. Once you have identified the drivers of stress and dissatisfaction, talk to your supervisor about them, as there are likely to be many ways of solving the issue. You may be able to craft your job content to be a better fit with your personality. Next, ensure that you are taking time to build relationships with the people around you at work. Sometimes just having friends around will help keep you motivated. If you have tried all of these things without success, it might be time to consider making a career change.