Dealing with Personality Type A and B in the Workplace

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Which is better, personality type A or B? Well, that probably depends on your own personality type and job function.

From the time we pick up our first color crayon, to the time we wave goodbye into retirement, we are taught to accept and applaud all personality types. But that can be difficult in a tight office where A’s and B’s commingle throughout the day on various tasks and projects.

How do you know if you are a Type A or B? Let’s take a quick look!

“A” stands for…

Ambitious, Aggressive, Achievers. People with Type A personality traits are ambitious go-getters, but their way of doing things can often come off as controlling or aggressive.

The benefits to having a Type A on your team:

Type A’s are competitive, hard working, and self-motivating. They accomplish a lot and expect a lot from those who are around them. They think fast, have high alertness, and are incredibly fast-paced. They tend to be quick learners and often advance rapidly in a job.

The difficult part about working with a Type A personality:

Type A’s can be controlling, competitive, and lack patience. They do not accept imperfection in themselves and others, and can be critical and demanding.

How to motivate a Type A:

Type A’s are very status-conscious, so they are motivated by the thought of being made a team lead, getting kudos for their work, and given a big title. Material rewards and external appreciation work with Type A personalities.

“B” stands for…

Laid “back” and benevolent. Type B personalities are happy personalities who show a general harmony with people, events and life circumstances. They see the “bright side of things.”

The benefits to having a Type B on your team:

Type B’s are relaxed, less-stressed, flexible and open-minded. They can help Type A’s de-stress and see the silver lining in a stressful situation. They also tend to be expressive and creative. Type B’s are generally in better harmony with others because they are patient, accepting, friendly, and generally content. A Type B will not hold resentment for small errors.

The difficult part about working with a Type B personality:

Type B’s can be emotional and don’t always do things in the most efficient way. They may not see the point in a particular project or deadline, and may tend to procrastinate more than a Type A. They take longer to complete tasks.

How to motivate a Type B:

Type B’s appreciate creativity and different approaches. Tasks that involve patience, thinking outside the box, and thorough completion are best given to a Type B person. Since contentment is important to a Type B personality, incentives like more freedom, more time off, or a change in job duties may be more appealing. Type B personalities also work best in teams or high-interaction positions where they can be social and put their friendliness to work.

Which is best?

In conclusion, both personality types are needed in the workplace. Type A’s create structure, consistency, and results, while Type B’s create a collaborative and friendly work environment. There is no “right” personality type, and there is no one way to deal with every kind of person. A good team is filled with a variety of types of reflective individuals who respect different ways of doing things, and a good manager further fosters those unique types.

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