Are you Happier Working From Home or the Office?

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ovid-19 has resulted in many employees no longer travelling into the office but instead are working from home on a regular basis.  The question is, are you the type of employee who enjoys working at home where you can take on various activities throughout the day, or are you happier when work stays at work?

Working while dealing with the impacts of the pandemic can be draining on its own, but add in working contrary to your behavioral type and the result can be exhaustion or burnout.  Understanding your behavioural type and preference is important to understanding how to effectively manage this “new” way of work to optimize performance.  Your preference could be explained through Predictive Index; a behavioural assessment that helps you understand why you may or may not be more comfortable working at home.  Let’s look at some examples below to illustrate.

If we focus on Factor C – which is “Patience”, below profiles of i) Low C versus ii)  High C.  Those with Low Factor C, enjoy multiple tasks and “to do’s” going on at the same time. They can handle multiple activities.  High C’s on the other hand prefer getting a task and finishing a task before moving on to the next task. Understanding whether you are a Low or High C relates directly to our question of the blog “Do you prefer working at home or working in the office?”  Those with a High C are more likely to prefer to work at the office where they can be more focused, opposed to those with a Low C.

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While the C Factor is an indicator of your preference, it is important to recognize other factors also impact your preference of working at home or in the office.

Another factor, is when B > A (B is further to the right than A), as shown in the figure below, it means you are more sociable.  You tend to strive for social interaction and enjoy being on a team. Consequently, working at home for those with B > A’s may be a challenge as it does not satisfy their need for social interaction and attention.

Finally, for those with both a high A and high C, it often leads to being assertive, proactive and pursuit of one’s own goals and agenda at your own pace. These individuals are more likely to enjoy working at home as they can focus on themselves and go at their own pace and finish tasks on their own schedule.

While it is important to know yourself and what works best for you, it is just as important to know your co-workers as well in order to get the most out of your people.  Here at Predictive Success, we can help you understand yourself and your team to optimize performance.

To receive 5 free PI assessments for your team, contact Dmaluish@predictivesuccess.com.

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