When someone is in the office
what exactly to they like or dislike about their WORKSPACE? Observing this can make it easy for you to pick their pattern and impose correctly

Is the office workspace that is the 
							problem?
This page shows what the employee actually wants!
So if you are having trouble with an employee it may be that the way you have the workspace is a huge issue.
It also identifies what not to promote. As a Manager, do you know what you are doing?

You will most likely need assistance :-) This might tell you what but it will not tell you how.

Here are all sixteen patterns - all battling on at the office.

Conducted and composed by Modern Elizabeth Hunter™ - Last Update April 24, 2021

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1. Can it be the Director - ESTJ?

The Director is the Border Collie

"I have a great deal of job satisfaction":

The High D Extravert - 85% agree.

"I am very happy at work":

The High D Extravert - 81% agree.

General Requirements:

The Director - Category: Thinking, Director:

↪ 1. Decisive, clear and assertive, they like to be in charge, organize others and make things happen.
↪ 2. Their workspace needs clear pathways to allow them to move around the office. They need a meeting space where they can gather their troops, to provide instructions.

Pet Like:

↪ Always being on the go.

Pet Dislike:

↪ Separation of teams that should work together.

Preference for large, high density open-plan layouts:

↪ Definitely Yes.
↪ Studies reveal that those working in open-plan offices were among the least satisfied.

Preference for Hot Desking:

↪ Definitely Yes.

Preference for Clear Desk Policy:

↪ Indifferent. But may impose it on others.

Preference for 'Cool' offices:

↪ Indifferent.

Preference for Quiet Areas:

↪ Definitely No.

E. Hunter™'s Comment:

The office will be set up their way, ignoring this page and the Gensler research.

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2. Can it be the Developer - ENTJ?

The Developer is the German Shepherd

"I have a great deal of job satisfaction":

The High D Extravert - 85% agree.

"I am very happy at work":

The High D Extravert - 81% agree.

General Requirements:

The Developer - Category: Thinking, Director:

↪ 1. Decisive, clear and assertive, they like to be in charge, organize others and make things happen.
↪ 2. Their workspace needs clear pathways to allow them to move around the office. They need a meeting space where they can gather their troops, to provide instructions.

Pet Like:

↪ Always being on the go.

Pet Dislike:

↪ Separation of teams that should work together.

Preference for large, high density open-plan layouts:

↪ Definitely Yes.
↪ Studies reveal that those working in open-plan offices were among the least satisfied.

Preference for Hot Desking:

↪ Definitely Yes.

Preference for Clear Desk Policy:

↪ Indifferent. But may impose it on others.

Preference for 'Cool' offices:

↪ Indifferent.

Preference for Quiet Areas:

↪ Definitely No.

E. Hunter™'s Comment:

The office will be set up their way, ignoring this page and the Gensler research.

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3. Can it be the Results - ESTP?

The Results is the Jack Russell Terrier

"I have a great deal of job satisfaction":

The High D Extravert - 85% agree.

"I am very happy at work":

The High D Extravert - 81% agree.

General Requirements:

The Results - Category: Sensing, Activist:

↪ 1. Are spontaneous, social animals who enjoy the buzz of the workplace. They are energetic people who live in the moment, enjoying interaction with others to get tasks done with as much fun as possible.
↪ 2. They are unlikely to stay sitting at their desk for long periods, instead preferring to migrate to where things are happening.

Pet Like:

↪ Working with lots of people.

Pet Dislike:

↪ Sitting still.

Preference for large, high density open-plan layouts:

↪ Definitely Yes.
↪ Studies reveal that those working in open-plan offices were among the least satisfied.

Preference for Hot Desking:

↪ Definitely Yes.

Preference for Clear Desk Policy:

↪ Indifferent.

Preference for 'Cool' offices:

↪ Indifferent.

Preference for Quiet Areas:

↪ No.

E. Hunter™'s Comment:

The risk is that these managers will think open-plan is for everyone when clearly it is not.

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4. Can it be the Inspirational - ENTP?

The Inspirational is the Bull Terrier

"I have a great deal of job satisfaction":

The High D Extravert - 85% agree.

"I am very happy at work":

The High D Extravert - 81% agree.

General Requirements:

The Inspirational - Category: Intuition, Explorer:

↪ 1. Highly creative, they relish opportunities to bounce ideas and possibilities off others and will love workspaces that enable them to brainstorm, perhaps using flip charts or whiteboards.
↪ 2. As well as thriving in a shared office, they like an environment that is a bit quirky or different. Bright colours and interesting or unusual design will hold particular appeal.

Pet Like:

↪ Quirky workspaces.

Pet Dislike:

↪ Lack of collaborative workspace.

Preference for large, high density open-plan layouts:

↪ Indifferent.
↪ Studies reveal that those working in open-plan offices were among the least satisfied.

Preference for Hot Desking:

↪ Indifferent.

Preference for Clear Desk Policy:

↪ Definitely not.

Preference for 'Cool' offices:

↪ Definitely Yes.

Preference for Quiet Areas:

↪ Definitely Not.

E. Hunter™'s Comment:

The workspace for debate.

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5. Can it be the Persuader - ENFJ?

The Persuader is the Boxer

"I have a great deal of job satisfaction":

The High I Extravert - 85% agree.

"I am very happy at work":

The High I Extravert - 81% agree.

General Requirements:

The Persuader - Category: Feeling, Nurturer:

↪ 1. Supportive and friendly, they love to have colleagues around and enjoy interaction so may not care for partitions or cubicles.
↪ 2. They value the ability to personalize their workspace and may seek to encourage others to stop by for a chat and catch up.

Pet Like:

↪ Their own desk.

Pet Dislike:

↪ Hot desking.

Preference for large, high density open-plan layouts:

↪ Definitely Yes.
↪ Studies reveal that those working in open-plan offices were among the least satisfied.

Preference for Hot Desking:

↪ Definitely not.

Preference for Clear Desk Policy:

↪ Definitely not.

Preference for 'Cool' offices:

↪ Definitely Yes.

Preference for Quiet Areas:

↪ Indifferent.

E. Hunter™'s Comment:

While the office will be set up with photos of the cat etc. etc. it is more likely to be the location of the chit-chat.

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6. Can it be the Appraiser - ESFJ

The Appraiser is the Great Dane

"I have a great deal of job satisfaction":

The High I Extravert - 85% agree.

"I am very happy at work":

The High I Extravert - 81% agree.

General Requirements:

The Appraiser - Category: Feeling, Nurturer:

↪ 1. Supportive and friendly, they love to have colleagues around and enjoy interaction so may not care for partitions or cubicles.
↪ 2. They value the ability to personalize their workspace and may seek to encourage others to stop by for a chat and catch up.

Pet Like:

↪ Their own desk.

Pet Dislike:

↪ Hot desking.

Preference for large, high density open-plan layouts:

↪ Definitely Yes.
↪ Studies reveal that those working in open-plan offices were among the least satisfied.

Preference for Hot Desking:

↪ Definitely not.

Preference for Clear Desk Policy:

↪ Definitely not.

Preference for 'Cool' offices:

↪ Definitely Yes.

Preference for Quiet Areas:

↪ Indifferent.

E. Hunter™'s Comment:

While the office will be set up with photos of the cat etc. etc. it is more likley to be the location of the chit-chat.

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7. Can it be the Promoter - ENFP?

The Promoter is the Golden Retriever

"I have a great deal of job satisfaction":

The High I Extravert - 85% agree.

"I am very happy at work":

The High I Extravert - 81% agree.

General Requirements:

The Promoter - Category: Intuition, Explorer:

↪ 1. Highly creative, they relish opportunities to bounce ideas and possibilities off others and will love workspaces that enable them to brainstorm, perhaps using flip charts or whiteboards.
↪ 2. As well as thriving in a shared office, they like an environment that is a bit quirky or different. Bright colours and interesting or unusual design will hold particular appeal.

Pet Like:

↪ Quirky workspaces.

Pet Dislike:

↪ Lack of collaborative workspace.

Preference for large, high density open-plan layouts:

↪ Indifferent.
↪ Studies reveal that those working in open-plan offices were among the least satisfied.

Preference for Hot Desking:

↪ Indifferent.

Preference for Clear Desk Policy:

↪ Definitely not.

Preference for 'Cool' offices:

↪ Definitely Yes.

Preference for Quiet Areas:

↪ Definitely Not.

E. Hunter™'s Comment:

Bounce ideas and poor finishers.

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8. Can it be the Counselor - ESFP

The Counselor is the Poodle

"I have a great deal of job satisfaction":

The High I Extravert - 85% agree.

"I am very happy at work":

The High I Extravert - 81% agree.

General Requirements:

The Counselor - Category: Sensing, Activist:

↪ 1. Are spontaneous, social animals who enjoy the buzz of the workplace. They are energetic people who live in the moment, enjoying interaction with others to get tasks done with as much fun as possible.
↪ 2. They are unlikely to stay sitting at their desk for long periods, instead preferring to migrate to where things are happening.

Pet Like:

↪ Working with lots of people.

Pet Dislike:

↪ Sitting still.

Preference for large, high density open-plan layouts:

↪ Definitely Yes.
↪ Studies reveal that those working in open-plan offices were among the least satisfied.

Preference for Hot Desking:

↪ Definitely Yes.

Preference for Clear Desk Policy:

↪ Indifferent.

Preference for 'Cool' offices:

↪ Indifferent.

Preference for Quiet Areas:

↪ No.

E. Hunter™'s Comment:

The risk is that these managers will think open-plan is for everyone when clearly it is not.

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9. Can it be the Specialist - ISFP

The Specialist is the Saint Bernard

"I have a great deal of job satisfaction":

The High S Introvert - 73% agree.

"I am very happy at work":

The High S Introvert - 61% agree.

General Requirements:

The Specialist - Category: Feeling, Conscience:

↪ 1. Although caring and compassionate, they usually like to work alone but will surround themselves with a collection of personal mementos.
↪ 2. For them, office partitions are ideal, not only to keep the noise and distraction of others at a distance, but also to provide a surface upon which to keep those special items that mean something to them personally.

Pet Like:

↪ Personalizing their workspace.

Pet Dislike:

↪ Having lots of people around.

Preference for large, high density open-plan layouts:

↪ Definitely not.
↪ Studies reveal that those working in open-plan offices were among the least satisfied.

Preference for Hot Desking:

↪ Definitely not.

Preference for Clear Desk Policy:

↪ Definitely not.

Preference for 'Cool' offices:

↪ Indifferent.

Preference for Quiet Areas:

↪ Definitely Yes.

E. Hunter™'s Comment:

The office will be set up with photos of the cat etc. etc. The cohort know this narrows down the choice of picking the pattern correctly.

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10. Can it be the Investigator - INFJ?

The Investigator is the Greyhound

"I have a great deal of job satisfaction":

The High S Introvert - 73% agree.

"I am very happy at work":

The High S Introvert - 61% agree.

General Requirements:

The Investigator - Category: Intuition, Visionary:

↪ 1. Are creative and conceptual and value workspaces that give them the opportunity to reflect and form thoughts in their heads. They enjoy gadgets and interesting objects to inspire original thinking.
↪ 2. They will not appreciate others in the office being loud and distracting and are likely to gravitate towards a quiet area in the office to think if they cannot experience that at their desk.

Pet Like:

↪ Quiet areas and new gadgets.

Pet Dislike:

↪ Loud people.

Preference for large, high density open-plan layouts:

↪ Definitely not.
↪ Studies reveal that those working in open-plan offices were among the least satisfied.

Preference for Hot Desking:

↪ Definitely not.

Preference for Clear Desk Policy:

↪ Indifferent.

Preference for 'Cool' offices:

↪ Definitely Yes.

Preference for Quiet Areas:

↪ Definitely Yes.

E. Hunter™'s Comment:

Do not put these people in open-plan environments.

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11. Can it be the Agent - INFP?

The Agent is the Tibetan Terrier

"I have a great deal of job satisfaction":

The High S Introvert - 73% agree.

"I am very happy at work":

The High S Introvert - 61% agree.

General Requirements:

The Agent - Category: Feeling, Conscience:

↪ 1. Although caring and compassionate, they usually like to work alone but will surround themselves with a collection of personal mementos.
↪ 2. For them, office partitions are ideal, not only to keep the noise and distraction of others at a distance, but also to provide a surface upon which to keep those special items that mean something to them personally.

Pet Like:

↪ Personalizing their workspace.

Pet Dislike:

↪ Having lots of people around.

Preference for large, high density open-plan layouts:

↪ Definitely not.
↪ Studies reveal that those working in open-plan offices were among the least satisfied.

Preference for Hot Desking:

↪ Definitely not.

Preference for Clear Desk Policy:

↪ Definitely not.

Preference for 'Cool' offices:

↪ Indifferent.

Preference for Quiet Areas:

↪ Definitely Yes.

E. Hunter™'s Comment:

The office will be set up with photos of the cat etc. etc. The cohort know this narrows down the choice of picking the pattern correctly.

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12. Can it be the Achiever - ISTP?

The Achiever is the Bassett Hound

"I have a great deal of job satisfaction":

The High S Introvert - 73% agree.

"I am very happy at work":

The High S Introvert - 61% agree.

General Requirements:

The Achiever - Category: Thinking, Analyst:

↪ 1. Independent, detached and objective they like to have their own desk or work area but are unfazed by the close proximity of co-workers.
↪ 2. While their workspace may appear cluttered and untidy, this is organized chaos; they will know the precise location of the document or file they need. Storage is not a priority.

Pet Like:

↪ Own desk, quiet.

Pet Dislike:

↪ Clear desk policy.

Preference for large, high density open-plan layouts:

↪ Definitely not.
↪ Studies reveal that those working in open-plan offices were among the least satisfied.

Preference for Hot Desking:

↪ Definitely not.

Preference for Clear Desk Policy:

↪ Definitely not.

Preference for 'Cool' offices:

↪ Indifferent.

Preference for Quiet Areas:

↪ Definitely Yes.

E. Hunter™'s Comment:

Give them their own desk.

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13. Can it be the Practitioner - ISFJ?

The Practitioner is the Alaskan Malamute

General Requirements:

The Practitioner - Category: Sensing, Conserver:

↪ 1. Being practical, organized and thorough they prefer a conventional workspace that they can keep neat and tidy. They value storage solutions such as filing cabinets and trays to help them order and record their work.
↪ 2. They are quiet and keep themselves focussed on the task so may use walls and furniture to create their own defined area of the office.

Pet Like:

↪ Lots of storage space.

Pet Dislike:

↪ Moving desk or location.

Preference for large, high density open-plan layouts:

↪ Definitely not.
↪ Studies reveal that those working in open-plan offices were among the least satisfied.

Preference for Hot Desking:

↪ Definitely not.

Preference for Clear Desk Policy:

↪ Definitely Yes.

Preference for 'Cool' offices:

↪ Indifferent.

Preference for Quiet Areas:

↪ Yes.

E. Hunter™'s Comment:

The hopeless manager will put them in an open-plan office.

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14. Can it be the Objective Thinker - ISTJ?

The Objective Thinker is the Bernese Mountain Dog

"I have a great deal of job satisfaction":

The High C Introvert - 73% agree.

"I am very happy at work":

The High C Introvert - 61% agree.

General Requirements:

The Objective Thinker - Category: Sensing, Conserver:

↪ 1. Being practical, organized and thorough they prefer a conventional workspace that they can keep neat and tidy. They value storage solutions such as filing cabinets and trays to help them order and record their work.
↪ 2. They are quiet and keep themselves focussed on the task so may use walls and furniture to create their own defined area of the office.

Pet Like:

↪ Lots of storage space.

Pet Dislike:

↪ Moving desk or location.

Preference for large, high density open-plan layouts:

↪ Definitely not.
↪ Studies reveal that those working in open-plan offices were among the least satisfied.

Preference for Hot Desking:

↪ Definitely not.

Preference for Clear Desk Policy:

↪ Definitely Yes.

Preference for 'Cool' offices:

↪ Indifferent.

Preference for Quiet Areas:

↪ Yes.

E. Hunter™'s Comment:

The hopeless manager will put them in an open-plan office.

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15. Can it be the Perfectionist - INTP?

The Perfectionist is the Papillon

"I have a great deal of job satisfaction":

The High C Introvert - 73% agree.

"I am very happy at work":

The High C Introvert - 61% agree.

General Requirements:

The Perfectionist - Category: Thinking, Analyst:

↪ 1. Independent, detached and objective they like to have their own desk or work area but are unfazed by the close proximity of co-workers.
↪ 2. While their workspace may appear cluttered and untidy, this is organized chaos; they will know the precise location of the document or file they need. Storage is not a priority.

Pet Like:

↪ Own desk, quiet.

Pet Dislike:

↪ Clear desk policy.

Preference for large, high density open-plan layouts:

↪ Definitely not.
↪ Studies reveal that those working in open-plan offices were among the least satisfied.

Preference for Hot Desking:

↪ Definitely not.

Preference for Clear Desk Policy:

↪ Definitely not.

Preference for 'Cool' offices:

↪ Indifferent.

Preference for Quiet Areas:

↪ Definitely Yes.

E. Hunter™'s Comment:

The absent minded professor in the totally disorganized environment.

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16. Can it be the Enhancer - INTJ?

The Enhancer is the Afghan Hound

"I have a great deal of job satisfaction":

The High C Introvert - 73% agree.

"I am very happy at work":

The High C Introvert - 61% agree.

General Requirements:

The Enhancer - Category: Intuition, Visionary:

↪ 1. Are creative and conceptual and value workspaces that give them the opportunity to reflect and form thoughts in their heads. They enjoy gadgets and interesting objects to inspire original thinking.
↪ 2. They will not appreciate others in the office being loud and distracting and are likely to gravitate towards a quiet area in the office to think if they cannot experience that at their desk.

Pet Like:

↪ Quiet areas and new gadgets.

Pet Dislike:

↪ Loud people.

Preference for large, high density open-plan layouts:

↪ Definitely not.
↪ Studies reveal that those working in open-plan offices were among the least satisfied.

Preference for Hot Desking:

↪ Definitely not.

Preference for Clear Desk Policy:

↪ Indifferent.

Preference for 'Cool' offices:

↪ Definitely Yes.

Preference for Quiet Areas:

↪ Definitely Yes.

E. Hunter™'s Comment:

This pattern prefers to work alone and the US architectural firm, Gensler, should be listened to.

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Some Workspace Tips

1. Large, high density open-plan layouts.

While open-plan offices are space-saving and may be seen to encourage interaction, multiple studies reveals that those working in open-plan offices were among the least satisfied.

Tips. Create ‘neighbourhoods’ within open plan offices using partition panels, booths or storage. This will give the feel of smaller, more intimate, work zones and prevent large and noisy groups from overwhelming any one area. Acoustic panels on storage units, walls and ceilings will also help to mitigate against noisy distractions in large open plan layouts.

2. Hot-desking.

Although an increasingly common solution to escalating real estate costs, some people are more likely than others to enjoy the variety and interaction that hot-desking provides. It is distinctly unpopular with the majority of a third party survey – particularly those with an Introverted or Judging preference.

Tips. Provide generous, mobile storage solutions enabling people to quickly and easily establish a productive, personalized workspace anywhere in the office. Create variety in the scale and intimacy of hot desk zones to provide opportunities for individuals to find a workspace where they will feel most comfortable and will be most productive.

3. Clear desk policies.

For reasons ranging from the need to express ones identity, to being reminded of a loved one or an important event, many people like to personalise their workspace. Those who are not allowed to do this are significantly less satisfied with their work environment and report less job satisfaction.

Tips. Clear desk policies need not completely eliminate opportunities for employees to personalize their workspace. Provide personal storage so people can keep personal items around them but easily clear them away at the end of the day.

4. ‘Cool’ offices.

Well-designed, aesthetically pleasing offices are almost universally appreciated and for many it does relate to job satisfaction. The presence of new gadgets, quirky objects and statement decor will be particularly highly valued by some.

Tips. Invite those who value ‘office cool’ highly to suggest ways to improve and enhance the workspace. Balancing these suggestions with organizational needs can create facilities that will be used and appreciated by everyone. From quirky lounge chairs in breakout zones, to well-equipped dining and refreshment areas, or state-of-the-art technology such as 3D printers, workspace can instill a sense of pride and belonging amongst employees.

5. Quiet areas.

Noise and movement around the office is unavoidable but can be extremely distracting and impact productivity for some. Even those who enjoy being around loud and enthusiastic colleagues also want space to get away from it all at times.

Tips. Designate quiet zones to provide a much-needed oasis for employees. Small meeting rooms, breakout booths and informal seating areas will offer variety and choice for those looking for space to think. Remember, ‘quiet’ does not necessarily mean ‘private’, so consider the requirements for both types of workspace.

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