Work Styles are both :
✏︎ structural – the person’s skills & abilities in action, and
✏︎ dynamic – typical behavior & adjustment to their surroundings
NEG: Even IF an employee is a good fit with their environment (can meet the requirements of the job)
BUT their work-style is not being used adequately or correctly
== then the person will not do a good job for the company / organization (poor ‘fit’)
POS : However, even when the employee is not a good fit with the work environment (skill-set), their work-style can compensate so they can do their job well enough, & possibly even make their surroundings more manageable to increase their job satisfaction.
Work style can also be expressed in 2 broad dimensions, in the form of a person’s social style, determined by the extent to which they’re perceived by others to be assertive & responsive.
‣ Assertiveness: how much a person expresses / stands up for themselves when responding to others in a social setting
‣ Responsiveness: the degree to which a person displays emotion, & how little or much they/re in control of them, or are responsive to other people’s emotions.
• Analytics & Drivers thrive in a stressful environment
These employees who aren’t challenged enough may distance themselves from work and become cynical.
• Amiables & Expressives thrive in low-stress jobs
Frenetic employees burdened by too much work & pressure to accomplish – will get overloaded & exhausted. Some may even shut down & give up.
ANALYTICS (ANAs) and AMIABLES (AMIs) interacting
❕ANAs are direct & quick to decide that they want, AMIs usually want to gather information before making a decision, but also are non-confrontational.
❕Since ANAs are the more dominant type, they often assert their will, & AMIs will often give in.
❕Yet ANAs need AMIs to accomplish their vision, since the latter have the ability to zoom into the details, think things through slowly, & be very practical.
❕But ANAs can also get very frustrated by the AMI’s desire to discuss every step22 of the process.
Both types want verbal recognition for their accomplishments.
❕But since ANAs are impatient, they may not notice or will ignore all the effort & thoroughness AMIs have put in, so don’t express their appreciation. The AMI can easily end up feeling upset, even rejected.
❕Since ANAs are quick to act, AMIs can see that work-style as impulsive & careless. Alternately, since AMIs are so attuned to the “the finer points”, ANAs may take that style as criticism or a judgement of their way of getting thing done.
❕When under stress & frustrated, ANAs can express it in very aggressive body language & tone of voice, which AMIs respond to by withdrawing. Neither want to deal with he emotional side of conflicts, leaving the issues unresolved, leading to resentment & work disruption.
🔅One ‘plus’ is that since neither style is mainly “people oriented”, they tend to be self-sufficient & independent, which could help them appreciate this about each other.
Suggestions to ANALYTICs when dealing with AMIABLEs
‣ Slow down your pace, giving them time to process change & to make decisions
‣ Give them clear & detailed information, with as much detail & facts at your disposal
‣ Expect them to want project parameters, so try not to get frustrated. Be careful to not use aggressive language & physical / facial movements
‣ In discussions, expect them to voice questions, doubts & objections about the details provided. This may seem like criticism, but actually they’re just trying to get things right, so don’t take it personally.
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