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    Posted by Asia Metropolitan University on February 8, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Scenario

    In your role as a consultant for Workplace Solutions Consulting, you are typically working at customer sites and from a home office when not on travel. You take advantage of technology to stay connected to your team and management to keep current on your project and developments at company headquarters. We have initially explored the benefits and challenges inherent in being a remote employee on a virtual team for Workplace Solutions Consulting LLC in Discussion: Individual Personalities and Behaviors. Let’s turn our attention to the team dynamic of how individuals work together, blending skills, experience, and most important, personalities to achieve goals.

    Forum Question

    Using the Myers-Briggs Indicator methodology, what four letter code would best represent a personality best suited for this remote location/virtual team workplace situation? Why? How does the balance between individuality and conformity affect individuals in a team environment? How much structure do you feel is appropriate for a successful team? Considering the Big Five personality assessment model (OCEAN), to what extent do you believe these traits would be impacted if the work environment were to be changed to a strictly-structured physical workplace setting?

    Siti Zaidah Binti Abdullah replied 7 months ago 9 Members · 12 Replies
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  • Lik Wai Toh

    Member
    December 16, 2021 at 7:29 am

    INTP is the four-letter code that can be applied for remote location/virtual team workplace situations.

    Introversion, you can spend plenty of time working alone, which could be classified as a more thoughtful characteristic.

    Intuition tends to be abstract thinkers with no physical contact to work as a team virtually and keen on connecting theories and patterns to work.

    Thinking, whether you work from remote or not, you can be a thinker. Thinkers tend to be more rational and objective in making decisions. Thus, working remotely or virtually, thinkers can still make the best decision.

    Perceiving, tend to flexible minded and open to changing the mind as new information emerges. Moreover, due to changing the working environment, the perceiver can work anywhere and adapt to the new workplace.

    The balance between individuality and conformity will help the team to a certain extend of neither not to extremely individuality nor extremely conformity. It is essential because it will bring success to a team. for example, if everyone gets a chance to talk, it provides ideas and solutions so the team might do well. The balance of individuality and conformity allows the individual to talk, and everybody shows respect by listening and paying attention created a psychologically safe atmosphere inside the team. The psychological safety of each member in the group positively affects the team’s ability to succeed.

    To be efficient and effective, manage to work remotely or virtually. The manager should hold more meetings to understand the issues or progress of the task. Talk to individual employees and understand the support needs. Managing the balance between work and personal time is important too. Furthermore, build the trust between employees and managers, to trust that the task given can be handled and get done well by the employees.

    Suppose the work environment was changed to a strictly-structured physical workplace setting. It will likely impact O (Openness) employees because it stops them from being curious to explore new activities, and the routine may make them uncomfortable. Besides that, It could also allow E (Extraversion) personality employees to feel comfortable because they can discuss and meet many people in the physical workplace.

    • Pub Hon Low

      Member
      December 27, 2021 at 11:39 am

      INTP also knows as the thinker who can work independently and find solutions by themselves.

  • Stefanie Ng

    Member
    December 26, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Using the Myers-Briggs Indicator methodology, what four letter code would best represent a personality best suited for this remote location/virtual team workplace situation? Why?

    • ISFJ: The Protector (Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging) as they have ability to work independently, meticulous, orderly, and committed to their work.
    • Due to the solo work environment, this personality is able to work independently and be well organized in their job tasks .
    • They are also practical and reliable which is important as they will not have other colleagues to rely on physically as they need to manage their work independently.
    • Also, The Protector is an introvert which suits the work environment of working alone most of the time.


    How does the balance between individuality and conformity affect individuals in a team environment? How much structure do you feel is appropriate for a successful team?

    • Individuality and conformity are both important in a team environment as we need to comply to the organization rules and guidelines as well as showcase our own unique personality
    • As a member of a team, we must conform to the team’s requirements in order to achieve the set goals. At the same time, we should contribute our own personal ideas to the team role. In this way, we can balance both.
    • The best structure that best suits a virtual/remote team would be Horizontal/Flat due to the nature of mostly working individually, this gives employees more responsibility


    Considering the Big Five personality assessment model (OCEAN), to what extent do you believe these traits would be impacted if the work environment were to be changed to a strictly-structured physical workplace setting?

    1) Openness: May not be suited for a strict structured workplace as they new ideas and open to new experiences. By sitting in their desks all day, they are not able to explore their imaginative and creative side or meet new challenges
    2) Conscientiousness: May be indifferent to either a remote or physical structured work as they can be highly disciplined, deliberate and careful in all environments.
    3) Extraversion: This type may prefer a physical workplace as extroverts like to be visible to people, outgoing and derive energy and excitement by talking to other people and sharing their ideas with them.
    4) Agreeableness: This trait will fare well in a strict workplace as they are cooperative people and get along well with most people
    5) Neuroticism: This trait is not so suitable for a physical workplace as they my encounter psychological problems when faced with high level of stress. They are easily irritable and experience frequent bouts of anxiety, sadness and mood swings, hence may be best not to be with around others most of the time.

    • This reply was modified 7 months, 3 weeks ago by  Stefanie Ng.
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  • Pub Hon Low

    Member
    December 27, 2021 at 11:37 am

    ISTP, there worker are known as the crafter, who enjoying self-thinking and work independently. Hence, they can perform well when working remotely without any supervision. With balance of the individuality and conformity, it will enhance the team’s connectivity while ensuring the productivity level. It will depends on each individual personality to set the appropriate structure for the team to be success.

    By considering the OCEAN model, the future remote working environment will impact; especially to the Extraversion and Agreeableness. It is important for the team to be connected. Lacking of socializing with impact on the team when interacting with other and affect the energy of collaboration.

  • Hareeraja Thechina Murthy

    Member
    December 31, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    In my opinion, INTP will be best suited personality in remote location/virtual team workplace situations. Working remotely requires an independent and loyal individual personality. There will be no monitoring like traditional workplace, therefore the individual needs to be organized, independent, and loyal in carrying out their given work. Most of the time working virtually, we may not get the guidance or coaching from our leaders effectively like the traditional working environment, therefore the individual has to be an abstract thinker, logical and objective oriented. Although INTP personalities are introverted people, they can socialize with a small group of teams with which they are familiar and share common goals or interests, or connections. These are the individuals that are able to make decisions based on logic, based on objectives, analyzed data rather than personal feelings. They also think out of the box. This kind of people also keeps their options open which is good for working as a group. All these are the traits of INTP.

    Every one of us has individuality on our own and has our own strengths and weaknesses. We do things on our way or style. We have our own set of knowledge and skill. Being in a team, if we are going to stand firmly on the knowledge and style and not accept other people’s ideas or style and require others to follow our style, then that could be a great effect on the team environment. For a successful team, you need some kind of structure, mainly hierarchy and reporting method. When I say hierarchy, I do not mean there must be a commander and all the team members to follow the commander’s order. This goes back to the autocratic leadership style where creativity is totally limited. In every team, there will be different types of individualities, work styles, and knowledge. Working in a group, the different individualities need to be happy to share their knowledge and ideas and at the same time, they should be open minded to receive other people’s ideas. Also, they need to be organized and committed to carrying out the task individually with team consideration. With so many ideas, communication and arrangement involve, the hierarchy will be key to coordinating. As team leaders, we should now cut the communication or ideas flowing. In fact, we have to encourage and support those communication and ideas. However, as a leader, we should be able to foresee the best idea for success and for that the leader should have great man management skills. The hierarchy structure will provide each and everyone with roles, responsibilities, and limitations. Hierarchy structure also will allow us to have the right reporting structure, where remote working can be successfully monitored for optimum outcome.

    Big Five Assessment Model (OCEAN) impact on Strictly-structured physical workplace.

    OPENNESS is one of the good traits working at a strict structured physical workplace and remote workplace. These people are very dynamic, has a wide range of interest, polite, creative, loyal and open to receiving ideas, and willing to adapt to any environment.

    CONSCIOUSNESS type of people is the people who love a strict structured physical workplace. These types of people are goal oriented people. They are very organized, mindfulness to details, never compromise in discipline, highly conscientious, and focus on productivity with extremely mindful of deadlines. These are the people who do not prefer the remote workplace concept because they like everything to be instantly available. Therefore, having a physical workplace is what these types of people love to have.

    EXTRAVERSIONS are very socialized people where they love to talk and interact. These people do not like to be alone. These types of people do not suit the strictly structured physical workplace nor work from home. Having this type of people at the strict physical workplace will disturb other colleagues who are working in the workplace and these people are unable to perform as well. These are the people who are suited to be going on field jobs like sales etc.

    AGREEABLENESS people are the best to have around in any kind of workplace. They are full of empathy for others, affectionate, and trustable. Having them in a strict physical workplace, they will be very helpful, considerate, and generous, where they can compromise their own interest to ensure the team succeeds.

    NEUROTICISM traits who given negative impact whether it is going to be a strictly structured physical workplace or any other workplace settings. These are the people who have often mood swings, instability, are unhappy, and are very prone to be stressed. Having such traits in the workplace will create tense moments all the time.


    Reference:

    https://www.verywellmind.com/intp-introverted-intuitive-thinking-perceiving-2795989

    https://www.cleverism.com/big-five-personality-traits-model-ocean-model/

  • Mahalakshmi Pavithra A/P Sukumaran

    Member
    January 5, 2022 at 3:21 am

    Using the Myers-Briggs Indiсаtor methоdоlоgy, whаt fоur-letter соde wоuld best reрresent а рersоnаlity best suited fоr this remоte lосаtiоn/virtuаl teаm wоrkрlасe situаtiоn? Why?

    ISFРs mаke excellent coworkers because they thrive on meeting new people and experiencing new things. Individuals in the ISFP are well-suited to working from home since they like developing their own routines while being committed to their work.

    Hоw dоes the bаlаnсe between individuаlity аnd соnfоrmity аffeсt individuаls in а teаm envirоnment? Hоw muсh struсture dо yоu feel is аррrорriаte fоr а suссessful teаm?

    It’s difficult to balance individuality with comfort in a group setting. Diversity and individuality are important, but they must be done within boundaries. Allowing employees to come to work and perform as they choose is contrary to operating a profitable business. Confidence enters the picture. Traditional business рrаctiсes, often referred to as conformity, are expected from employees. People like these wreak havoc on the internet. Success in today’s workplace does not imply limiting individuality or forcing workers to conform to social norms.

    The manager or leader, as well as the teаm, must support successful teams. Next, the teаm works together to overcome obstacles and encourage one another.

    Соnsidering the Big Five рersоnаlity аssessment mоdel (ОСEАN), tо whаt extent dо yоu believe these trаits wоuld be imрасted if the wоrk envirоnment were tо be сhаnged tо а striсtly-struсtured рhysiсаl wоrkрlасe setting?

    Consciousness is one of the five major personality traits that has the greatest impact on work performance. Those with high amounts of job-related experience are more likely to be extremely conscientious. They’re more more likely to have strong leadership qualities. They are, however, more prone to prioritise work and less adaptable to changing conditions. For example, they may initially fail to learn a complex skill because they are more concerned with their performance than the learning process and less creative in general. Leaders who understand how people’s personalities differ will utilise this knowledge to improve their own and their employees’ performance. Leaders that are aware of their workers’ tendencies, abilities, and weaknesses will help and motivate them. Leaders that are aware of their employees’ tendencies, abilities, and weaknesses may help and motivate them. It’s important for leaders to evaluate their own actions. Demonstrate to employees how to maximise their talents while minimising their weaknesses as they drive the company to success and assess organisational behaviour. MBA in organisational leadership will help leaders better understand what it takes to manage a successful corporation.

  • Darmathan Francis Xavier

    Member
    January 8, 2022 at 12:00 am

    ISTJ is the four-letter code for the Myers-Briggs Indicator that I believe best represents a personality suited for working remotely. As a remote worker, they must be disciplined in order to finish their tasks on time. Working in a non-office situation exposes a person to a plethora of distractions such as home entertainment, pets, and the mingling of personal and professional time. The individual working remotely would have to overcome these distractions in order to stay focused on the work task at hand. Responsibilities are especially important for remote workers because they will receive less oversight from their boss or supervisor.

    In terms of striking a balance between originality and conformity in a team setting, I believe that a team should be focused on the goals that must be met rather than how the job is completed. In order to embrace diversity and inclusion, we must recognise that each team member has their own unique personality and working style. A team that focuses on results will accomplish more.

    There has never been a time in our lifetimes when change has been so quick. To compete, firms must develop more inventive and creative goods and solutions. Greater workplace autonomy has been shown to improve creativity and productivity. Employees might be more creative and imaginative when given the flexibility to execute their tasks in their own way. As a result, having too much order in the workplace will restrict the flow of creativity. In the early days of Amazon, Jeff Bezos established a requirement that every internal team should be small enough to be fed with two pizzas. This is to ensure that there is not too much structure but just the right amount to have the sufficient check and balances.

    The Big Five personality qualities that would be strongly influenced if the company was changed to a tightly organised physical working setting would be:

    Openness is the attribute associated with creativity and invention. When there is a lot of structure in place and less autonomy for employees, the atmosphere becomes quite inflexible, with little flexibility to explore alternative, out-of-the-box ideas owing to the bureaucracy in the company from the layers of permissions that are required.

  • Arivalagan Mathyvanan

    Member
    January 8, 2022 at 1:23 am

    Diversity means much more these days than in days of yore. Genders, religious belief systems, races, sexual orientations, degrees of ableness, and other categories are all currently recognized and must be accommodated.

    Diverse workforce has a lot of impact on the current business days, as below:

    Improves Company Performance

    Improving diversity in the workplace is crucial to improving performance. People who feel respected and at ease will outperform people who are stressed and disrespected.

    Improved Employee Engagement and Retention

    Employees who feel appreciated and empowered remain more loyal than those who are treated shabbily. A diverse and inclusive workplace delivers that.

    Improved Public Perception of Your Brand

    If a company is public with its diversity strategy, then it will build its image among aware people, which will help it grow.

    Employees From Diverse Backgrounds Bring Creativity, New Ideas, and Perspectives Because of Their Cultural Experiences.

    A stagnant workplace results in poor results. Stagnation foments discontent. A vibrant, creative workplace builds camaraderie and esprit de corps.

    Creates a Better Understanding of Target Demographics and What Drives Them. Members of a diverse workplace understand what people of similar backgrounds as they have want in both the products and services they buy and the companies from which they buy them.

    A Diverse Workplace Can Better Align an Organization’s Culture With the Demographic Makeup of America.

    When people in a diverse workplace feel as if they identify closely with their clientele, then they can use their own experiences and understanding to assess the American people’s preferences accurately. The culturally diverse workplace is a cross-section of the U.S. as a whole.

    Better Customer Satisfaction by Improving how Employees Interact With a More Diverse Clientele

    It should go without saying that people of the global majority, in other words nonwhite, will appreciate a company that tailors its presentations and brand to them and respects not only them themselves but also their culture and history. A diverse workforce will know how to work with these folks to make their experience as good as possible.

    I would take below actions in order to promote inclusivity in meaningful ways.

    Lead from the top.

    Leaders must visibly model respectful behavior and practice organizational values. Managers should promote inclusion at all levels and across all departments.

    Put clear expectations in writing.

    Employers can establish a code of conduct and recommit to organizational values. The strategic plan should promote inclusion, and the employer should periodically evaluate progress toward meeting stated goals. Job descriptions and performance evaluations can address responsibilities to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Seek input and value contributions from diverse talent.

    The organization must go beyond simply ensuring that it employs a diverse workforce. Everyone should have a seat at the table. Seeking out diverse perspectives helps to amplify marginalized voices. Working groups and teams should include a diverse cross-section of the workforce.

    Assess the culture regularly, accept critical feedback, and take action to address concerns.

    Anonymous surveys, focus groups, and informal discussions can help to identify concerns about the workplace climate and potential solutions. Employers should ensure that a diverse cross-section of the workforce is involved in identifying problems and implementing responses. Inclusion should be a regular focus of discussion.

    • Arivalagan Mathyvanan

      Member
      January 8, 2022 at 1:35 am

      INTP is the four-letter code that can be applied for remote location/virtual team workplace situations.
      INTP (introverted, intuitive, thinking, perceiving) is one of the 16 personality types described by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). People who score as INTP are often described as quiet and analytical. They enjoy spending time alone, thinking about how things work, and coming up with solutions to problems
      The balance between individuality and conformity will help the team to a certain extend of neither not to extremely individuality nor extremely conformity. It is essential because it will bring success to a team. for example, if everyone gets a chance to talk, it provides ideas and solutions so the team might do well.
      Many studies have been conducted on the OCEAN model and behavior, and how these traits can somewhat predict a person’s workplace social behavior and performance. Having a deeper understanding of these behaviors can help coworkers and managers create trust, better relate to one another and cultivate a stronger workplace culture. Agreeable people are generally liked more and tend to follow the rules. They also demonstrate higher job satisfaction and are less likely to be involved in workplace accidents. Those who score low on agreeableness are more likely to behave in a way that creates counterproductive work behavior and may have less career success over the long term.

  • Siti Zaidah Binti Abdullah

    Member
    January 15, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Question section 1 :

    The IJST personality is an excellent model for the remote location or the workplace situation. ISTJ are the self-contented people who are efficient in handling tasks to completion. These people can operate efficiently from remote areas and on a virtual basis with much ease. ISTJ individuals primarily focus on completing the task with their total commitment and mostly prefer isolation to complete their jobs and do not rely on the social influences in the organization. The ISTJ individual majorly focuses on their roles and avoid distractions.

    Question section 2:

    Individualities and conformity are critical and, when used together, would facilitate the employees’ success in the organization. The workers must work within limits needed to comply with the conformity. Improving individualism results in the company’s growth brand and constant output in the organization.
    Improving individuality should be based on the critical rules and regulations of the company, despite being enhanced by factors such as the diverse communication styles and the methods of provision of solutions. Conformities in the current organizations include efficient communication, appropriate working hours and dressing codes. With the varying regulations from one organization to another, they should be satisfactory to the customers and limit the employees’ freedom.
    The employees in the organization would require changes in the regulations. Still, it would be necessary to abide by the organizational cultures until adopting the changes or facing the consequences of their actions. Individuality remains the central focus in organizational success, considering other organizational factors such as the regulations that influence the workforce operation.

    Question section 3:

    An effective workplace structure ensures the balance in the types of individualities of the employees, which facilitate the performance of tasks in the organization and achievement of the Organizational strategic ambitions.
    The OCEAN assessment model involves five features: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism. Based on my assessment, these characteristics would impact the organization in the following ways:
    Openness
    Openness to gaining experience. Most of the high organizational performers are bored by the workplace monotony and high low enhancement of creativity in the organization. Complex organizations provide limited opportunity for the incorporation of new ideas. When the Workplace has hierarchical structures, it limits the employees’ creativity, keeping them comfortable.
    Conscientiousness
    High performers in the organization prefer the proper organization of their adventures. Well-structured organizations incorporated with high conscientiousness individuals perform well due to the organization’s preparedness as the organization is efficiently planned and guide the target achievement-based Workplace. The individuals are focused and target attaining the organizational goal.
    Agreeableness
    High-performance individuals with maximum agreeableness in the organization are always ready to carry out activities and ensure peaceful coexistence. The individuals practice a high level of patience in the organization and are more focused on the organization than personal interests. The individual with a low ranking in agreeableness is prone to conflicts and self-interest.
    Neuroticism
    Individuals with high rates of neuroticism are mostly glooming in the organizations are majorly sad feeling negative feeling and psychology. They have low performance when the negative emotions are stimulated and have high chances of developing anxiety, aggression, and depression. The individuals who experience neuroticism are often vulnerable and weak in stressful situations. Neuroticism affects those in the surroundings and the view of the world’s individuals.

    • Siti Zaidah Binti Abdullah

      Member
      January 15, 2022 at 11:26 pm

      Hi Mr Param and fellow coursemates. Here is actually my answer. Kindly disregard the previous one.

      Question section 1:Using the Myers-Briggs Indicator methodology, what four letter code would best represent a personality best suited for this remote location/virtual team workplace situation .

      The ISTJ (introversion, sensing, thinking, judgement) is a four -letter code representing a personality best suited for remote location/ virtual team workplace situation. The ISTJ is an excellent model for the remote location or the workplace situation. ISTJ are the self-contented people who are efficient in handling tasks to completion. These people can operate efficiently from remote areas and on a virtual basis with much ease. ISTJ individuals primarily focus on completing the task with their total commitment and mostly prefer isolation to complete their jobs and do not rely on the social influences in the organization. The ISTJ individual majorly focuses on their roles and avoid distractions.

      Question section 2: How does the balance between individuality and conformity affect individuals in a team environment?

      Individualities and conformity are critical and, when used together, would facilitate the employees’ success in the organization. The workers must work within limits needed to comply with the conformity. Improving individualism results in the company’s growth brand and constant output in the organization.
      Improving individuality should be based on the critical rules and regulations of the company, despite being enhanced by factors such as the diverse communication styles and the methods of provision of solutions. Conformities in the current organizations include efficient communication, appropriate working hours and dressing codes. With the varying regulations from one organization to another, they should be satisfactory to the customers and limit the employees’ freedom.
      The employees in the organization would require changes in the regulations. Still, it would be necessary to abide by the organizational cultures until adopting the changes or facing the consequences of their actions. Individuality remains the central focus in organizational success, considering other organizational factors such as the regulations that influence the workforce operation.

      Question section 3 : How much structure do you feel is appropriate for a successful team?

      An effective workplace structure ensures the balance in the types of individualities of the employees, which facilitate the performance of tasks in the organization and achievement of the Organizational strategic ambitions.

      Question 4 : Considering the Big Five personality assessment model (OCEAN), to what extent do you believe these traits would be impacted if the work environment were to be changed to a strictly-structured physical workplace setting?

      The OCEAN assessment model involves five features: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism. Based on my assessment, these characteristics would impact the organization in the following ways:

      Openness– Openness to gaining experience. Most of the high organizational performers are bored by the workplace monotony and high low enhancement of creativity in the organization. Complex organizations provide limited opportunity for the incorporation of new ideas. When the Workplace has hierarchical structures, it limits the employees’ creativity, keeping them comfortable.

      Conscientiousness – High performers in the organization prefer the proper organization of their adventures. Well-structured organizations incorporated with high conscientiousness individuals perform well due to the organization’s preparedness as the organization is efficiently planned and guide the target achievement-based Workplace. The individuals are focused and target attaining the organizational goal.

      Extraversion – Excitability, friendliness, talkativeness, assertiveness, and high levels of emotional expressiveness are all characteristics of extraversion (or extroversion). 1 People with a high level of extraversion are gregarious and thrive in social circumstances. They become invigorated and delighted when they are in the company of others.
      People with low extraversion (or introversion) are more restrained in social situations and have less energy to exert. Introverts frequently require a period of solitude and silence to “recharge” after attending social activities.

      Agreeableness
      High-performance individuals with maximum agreeableness in the organization are always ready to carry out activities and ensure peaceful coexistence. The individuals practice a high level of patience in the organization and are more focused on the organization than personal interests. The individual with a low ranking in agreeableness is prone to conflicts and self-interest.

      Neuroticism – Individuals with high rates of neuroticism are mostly glooming in the organizations are majorly sad feeling negative feeling and psychology. They have low performance when the negative emotions are stimulated and have high chances of developing anxiety, aggression, and depression. The individuals who experience neuroticism are often vulnerable and weak in stressful situations. Neuroticism affects those in the surroundings and the view of the world’s individuals.