Truity’s TypeFinder for the Workplace is a 10 minute test designed to measure your personality in the workplace. Specifically, Truity applies the Myers and Briggs 16 personalities theory to the workplace.
In this article, we will explore the TypeFinder for the Workplace in more detail. What theory is the test based on? What does the test measure? And, is the upgraded version worth the $19?
The theory behind the test
The TypeFinder for the Workplace applies the 16 personality types introduced by Myers and Briggs to the workplace. It measures our personality across four preferences:
- Extroversion (E) or Introversion (I)
- Sensing (S) or iNtuition (N)
- Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
- Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)
From these preferences, you can be placed into one of 16 personality types, each has its own strengths, weaknesses and workplace preferences. For instance, someone with an Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking and Perceiving preferences would be an ‘ESTP’.
What did I think of the test?
The test is comprised of 60-80 questions. It adapts as you go, meaning you may answer more questions if your personality type is not clear in a certain area.
To begin with, you are asked to choose from a pair of statements which phrase describes you best. Statements are things such as “I seek attention from others” to “I avoid attention from others“. Or “I choose the most rational option” to “I choose the kindest option”.
The questions then change to ask you to indicate how often each statement is true for you. Statements are those such as “I would rather try something new than do things the same old way” or “people tell me I’m too quiet“. In the final section, the questions then switch to ask you which word, from a pair of words, is likely to suit you. Words include those such as “calm”, “energetic” or “introspective”.
Once you have answered all the questions, you will have access to a free summary of your results. In all honesty, this free summary is VERY basic.
The paid version
To get a more comprehensive review of you personality type in the workplace, you need to pay to upgrade. This cost $19.
The upgraded version begins by telling you which one of the 16 personalities you are. I was an ENFJ, or an ‘idealist organizer’. Your type is then summarized neatly in a diagram where each of your four preferences are explored.
After this, you then explore your personality at work in a number of different sections. Each section has subheadings, which all have concise bullet pointed lists underneath them.
- Personality at work. In this section, you explore you key motivators, core values, ideal work environment, key contributions and preferred work tasks.
- Working in a team. You take a look at how you help your team, for example I had bullet points such as generating excitement or providing encouragement and support. You also explore how you irritate others when working in a team, and actions for better teamwork.
- Communicating with others. In this section, you look at key communication strengths, potential difficulties and action steps you can take for improving communication.
- Managing conflict. This section takes a look at how you help others and what you may do to irritate others. You will also explore how conflict may be triggers and what actions YOU can take for healthy conflict resolution.
- Taking the lead. You will explore how you inspire others, how you make things happen and how you can develop your leadership style
- Making decisions. This section tackles your decision-making strengths and challenges. You will also take a look at actions you can do to improve decision making.
- Getting things done. You will explore how you help others, how you may irritate others and action steps you can take for improvement on getting things done.
- Growth and development. You will explore how your learning can be improved. You will also look at what hinders your learning, how you view change and any opportunities for personal growth.
- Coping with stress. This section begins with a paragraph about what you strive for and how you may react when this is affected. It then goes on to looks at events that may trigger stress, best ways to respond to stress, worst ways to respond to stress, how others can help you and what others might do to aggravate you.
- Achieving success. The final section looks at potential problems you may encounter throughout your career. It then offers some suggestions for development and some do’s and don’ts when striving for success.
Conclusion and what next?
Overall, the TypeFinder for the Workplace is a great summary of how our personality type can influence our behaviour, and success, in the workplace.
To find out more about your own personality type in the workplace, head over to Truitys website to take the TypeFinder for the Workplace yourself.