Personality and Productivity

If you agree with the old adage “the people make the place”, then you will understand why the use of personality assessments in organizations continue to grow. Personality affects all aspects of a person’s performance, even how he reacts to situations on the job.

What is Personality?: This refers to the sets of predictable behaviors by which people are recognized and identified.

What is Productivity?: Productivity is the output-input ratio within a time period with due consideration for quality.

Does Personality affect productivity?
How you think, act, respond to situations, your attitude to work, your background and so many other factors can affect one in more ways than we think. The kind of person you are can be the thin line between productivity and the lack of it.

Personality affects all aspects of a person’s performance, even how he reacts to situations on the job. Not every personality is suited for every job position, so it is important to recognize personality traits and pair employees with the duties that fit their personalities the best. This can lead to increased productivity and job satisfaction, helping the business function more efficiently.

Some people are wired to think of the big picture, to see not only where the company is now but where it could or should be in the future. They make creative, broad plans designed to keep the company moving forward, and they think of new initiatives to solve existing problems. However, they are not usually good at executing the broad plans. That is where the detail-oriented people come in; these people sometimes have trouble seeing a direction for the company that is different from the existing direction, but if you give them a project, they execute the project to its smallest detail. They are often highly organized and keep excellent records, so projects can be recreated later if necessary. It takes both types of people to keep your company running smoothly.

Personality and productivity are interwoven and to achieve maximum productivity, it is good for people with a certain kind of personality to handle certain jobs or tasks more like round pegs in round holes and square pegs in square holes.

A person who does not have the drive, passion and enthusiasm to get results would not be good in the role of a team leader. Or a person who does not know how to relate with people or someone who is an introvert would not be very good at a marketing job, customer relation job or a job which depends on relationship with others.

Whatever the case may be, it is not always possible to hand pick people for specific roles but people can be trained or nurtured in some cases on personality changes which could be of great gain and importance to a company’s productivity in the end.

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