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Modern offices does not appeal to introverts

A new research has found that today’s modernised offices which enclose features such as hot-desking or desk-sharing and open-plan floors appeal mainly to extrovert workers but others find them uncomfortable.

The findings highlighted the fact that extroverts are significantly happier at their offices and bear higher levels of job satisfaction. It also showed that personality differences are behind areas of conflict in the office.

“Understanding how personality interacts with the office environment is key to improving job satisfaction and productivity,” said researcher John Hackston, head of research at OPP, a Britain-based company providing business psychology solutions.

An online survey was conducted over 300 people about their current office environments, upon which the findings were based.

Previously, the participants completed a personality test to ascertain their personality type.

“These results support previous research into the unpopularity of open-plan offices and hot-desking and the positive effects of personalisation. However, there are some simple changes that can be made to improve staff satisfaction and increase productivity,” Hackston said.

“These include allowing staff more storage for personal items when hot-desking; creating smaller neighbourhoods within open-plan offices; not overdoing clear desk policies as clearing away all personal items can be demotivating to some people and providing quiet zones for people to work in when needed,” Hackston noted.

The study was presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology’s annual conference in Nottingham recently.

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