What Each Personality Type is Like At Work

The workplace is an important aspect of most people’s lives. Certain careers where some people thrive, others may find themselves sinking. Here is how you probably behave in the workplace according to your personality type.


INFJs are often very particular about their workplace. They feel the need to be able to express themselves, and also want to be sure that their job has meaning. They will be happiest in a workplace that values their abilities and does not see them as lesser. If they are in a workplace that stifles them and makes them feel like they aren’t doing any good, they will feel extremely unhappy and may lash out. They are probably very efficient at getting their job done, but will work best in a place where they are helping others grow or better themselves in some way. An environment with proper structure, but also allows the INFJ to be independent and achieve goals, is best for the INFJ.

They get along with others very easily, and in the workplace are probably very well-liked by their colleagues. They may even become the workplaces resident counselor. Many people probably come to them with their problems, seeking a shoulder to cry on. The INFJ will enjoy the opportunity to help others, but become frustrated if their space is invaded too much.


ENFJs are extremely skilled at taking on multiple tasks, and will often impress their bosses. ENFJS will be eager to climb the workplace ladder, both socially and career wise. They are very fast learners and will attempt to be the very best at their job. They may end up taking on a thicker work load than they can handle, because they expect a lot of themselves. They dislike conflict and will try their best to do what is needed, but ENFJs will do best in an environment that allows them to help others. They also want to work in a career with meaning, something that allows them to do good for others. They are very good at bringing structure to a work environment, and dislike if clear guidelines are not set.

As colleagues the ENFJ are extremely social and strive to be popular. They make very good team leaders, and often are skilled at bringing a group together. Their desire to be liked might make the ENFJ take on their coworkers stresses and possibly even their workload.


INFPs feel a strong desire to do something valuable and meaningful in their workplace. Working in a job that doesn’t fulfill some sort of moral purpose, the INFP will probably feel stuck and unhappy. They need some sort of emotional connection to the work they are doing, or else they may rebel and feel passive aggressive. They dislike a workplace that may require them to play along with the bureaucratic rules. INFPs will feel happier in a job that allows them certain freedoms in their work process, and dislike strict rules or guidelines. If they are working in a job that fulfills their emotional needs, they will work very hard and be extremely dedicated to their tasks. They will take criticism surprisingly well if it is delivered fairly, and see it as an opportunity to grow and improve.

As colleagues it entirely depends on who the INFP is working with. They will attempt to make connections with others, and enjoy being able to share their work experience with them. If others are manipulative or negative, the INFP will have a distaste for them and wish to avoid them. They don’t feel the need to climb a social ladder, but rather want to make real connections.


ENFPs desire a workplace that allows them a chance to express their creativity and explore new possibilities. They will not enjoy a rigid or strict place of work, and will probably feel stifled and unhappy in such a position. They are extremely adaptable and will enjoy striving to impress their bosses. They require some guidelines to keep them from becoming distracted and unable to perform the task at hand. But if an ENFP is given a task and allowed enough free room to achieve it, they will be very hard-working. As long as the ENFP is constantly able to learn and explore new avenues, they will make for great workers.

As colleagues ENFPs are extremely popular and enthusiastic. They enjoy being able to share their work with others, in fact it is a necessity for them. They are eager to work with others, and find a solution with other like-minded people. They see their co-workers as friends and people with which they can connect with on a deeper level. The ability to listen to others and share thoughts with them, will make an ENFP thrive.


INTJs enjoy a workplace that they can be independent and allowed to focus on their task. They want an intellectually stimulating job, where they do not become easily bored. They dislike wishy-washy tasks without clear guidelines. They simply want to accomplish their work with the highest level of brilliance. They become frustrated if others are interfering with their work, and do not like nonsense or games in the workplace. Although they want clear requirements, they also need room to be able to accomplish their work without someone hovering. They know they are capable of excellence, and dislike when others underestimate them. In a workplace where their bosses are not living up to their high standards, an INTJ will become quickly frustrated. They value their work and take it very seriously. They are very capable of handling criticism, especially if it brought to them in logical terms.

As colleagues they are best left to their own devices. They are capable of working with a team, but do best on their own. They will become annoyed with people who value social enjoyments over work, and will probably dismiss them. If they find colleagues that they trust and value, they will work very well with them.


ENTJs value a workplace that allows them room to advance and grow their skills. They want to be constantly challenged, and will become quickly frustrated with a slow pace. They have a natural ability to get the job done, and will do so with extreme excellence. They are very adaptable and can maneuver any situation that is tossed at them. They are especially skilled at climbing the social work ladder, and are good at becoming likable in the workplace. They are very organized and capable of learning new skills, but dislike being stuck in one place. An ENTJ who sees no room for growth in their career, will probably feel the need to leave that job for one with advancement opportunities.

As colleagues the ENTJ are very capable and well-liked. They are outgoing and enjoy involving others in their work. They make excellent team leaders, with the natural skills to guide others. They may be seen as overbearing, because they will naturally assert themselves as leaders in the workplace. Even though they are strong-willed, they are often valued by their coworkers.


INTPs work best in a place that allows them a lot of intellectual freedom. They dislike being controlled or constantly monitored, and do best when they are trusted by their bosses. They desire a mentally stimulating workplace, in which they have room to grow and explore new things. If the INTP is locked into one specific menial task, they may become hard to work with and lose sight of the bigger picture. They are natural problem solvers and if the conditions are right, make for excellent workers. They are extremely capable of adapting to new situations, and will deliver superb results.

As colleagues INTPs actually work surprisingly well. INTPs are capable of working well with another individual that fits the correct profile. INTPs dislike small talk and will probably feel frustrated if thrown into large group situations. They are very good at understanding others, and instinctively understand who they can trust. They enjoy the opportunity to show others their skills, and as long as socializing is in small doses, they will do well as coworkers.


ENTPs require a workplace where their ideas are listened to and valued. They enjoy being able to debate new ideas with their coworkers, and work well in a team situation. An environment where they are able to bounce ideas back and forth within a team, is ideal for the ENTP. They dislike strict guidelines and are not good at following rules. They may have a hard time with authority, and enjoy being able to challenge those working above them. ENTPs work very well as their own bosses because of their tendency to dislike strict guidelines. They work best in an environment where they can explore new possibilities and set their own pace. However, ENTPs are very good at handling criticism if it is presented in a logical way.

As colleagues ENTPs are excellent and do very well working with others. They excel as teammates and are often well-liked by the people that they work with. They are outgoing and social, and enjoy the opportunity to explore new ideas with others. Their sense of wit and humor can lighten the mood if things become too intense during debates.


ISTJs are often seen as one of the hardest workers among the personality types. They have a strong sense of duty and wish to fulfill their tasks with excellence. They desire to impress their bosses and prove that they are capable of accomplishing anything. They enjoy a workplace that has proper structure and guidelines and dislike when things are not clear. They are very capable of doing the work that others become frustrated with, and can perform the more detail-oriented tasks. They are very adaptable and are good at figuring out how to complete just about any task that is handed to them.

Although ISTJs are introverted and enjoy keeping to themselves, they make great colleagues. They do best when they are able to work alone, but will be capable of achieving the appropriate level of small talk with their coworkers. They are very dependable and can always be expected to get the job done, which makes them good colleagues to work with.


ESTJs are very good at following the rules and are extremely dependable in the workplace. They can often be seen as aggressive and enjoy the opportunity to climb the career ladder. They hold a strong desire to accomplish their work to a very high standard of excellence. Their ability to get the job done is something that the ESTJ values very much. They do not want to be seen as incapable, so they will strive to adapt to any task. They are very outspoken and will often voice their opinions, within reason.

As colleagues ESTJs are social and enjoy connecting with others. They want to be liked and actively work to create good morale with their colleagues. They are very good at creating order among their coworkers, and make for great leaders. Although they are aggressive, they actually work very well with others, and have a knack for bringing people together. They are good at understanding people, and will adapt their teaching style to fit them.


ISFJs enjoy a very structured and predictable workplace. They want to work somewhere that has job security, or else they will become anxious and frustrated. If they are in an environment that is secure, the ISFJ will work extremely hard to uphold their position. They are patient and reliable workers, who will be willing to do the hard work that others avoid. They hold their commitments very seriously, and are willing to work underneath others. They do not mind taking orders, as long as their bosses do not express aggression towards them. ISFJs may not handle criticism very well, since they take it as a personal failure.

As colleagues ISFJ are kind and patient. They enjoy being able to help their coworkers and work well in a team. Although they can be sometimes shy, they still are very capable of working well with others. They are often very likable and will do their best to assist others. They enjoy keeping the peace, and strive to create harmony among their colleagues. They are trustworthy and do not exhibit cutthroat behaviors to climb the career ladder.


ESFJs often thrive in a workplace setting. They are very skilled at following the rules, and believe strongly in fulfilling their work duties. They want to be seen as competent and will often go above and beyond the call of duty. As long as they have clearly defined guidelines and expectations, ESFJs will make for excellent workers. They do best in an environment with structure and job security. They are often highly respected by their bosses, and seen as dependable and loyal workers. They may struggle with criticism, taking it as a personal attack on their skills.

ESFJs are extremely social colleagues, who enjoy the opportunity to make new friends. They are very good at teamwork, and often become the glue that keeps a team together. They enjoy creating harmony to bring others together and to get the job done. They are often very popular in the workplace and will joyfully lend a helping hand to others. They may have a tendency to take on more of a workload than they can handle, causing them to become tired and frustrated.


ISTPs do best in a workplace that allows them enough freedom. They dislike strict guidelines and can often feel closed in if they don’t have room to grow. They are extremely good at fixing things, and will enjoy being able to accomplish a set of tasks on their own. They are very laid-back and will probably accomplish most goals with ease. ISTPs are very intelligent and skilled workers, and with the right environment will excel.

As colleagues the ISTP is usually very likable, but enjoys keeping to themselves. They prefer to work on their own, or with another respected colleague. People often see them as reserved but enjoyable coworkers. Their laid-back personality comes across very well, although their bluntness can be a bit harsh at times.


ESTPs often thrive in the workplace and are capable of accomplishing most tasks with ease. They dislike being stuck in one position for too long and do best in a job that allows them room to advance. They are always looking at the better job, and want to grow and develop. They dislike feeling stuck and will become frustrated and often leave a job that doesn’t allow them to advance. They are very good at networking and enjoy playing the bureaucratic game. They have a way of being liked and well perceived by their bosses, and enjoy being able to impress them. ESTPs dislike too many regulations and do best if they are allowed simple freedoms in the workplace.

As colleagues ESTPs are outgoing and sociable. They may become frustrated with coworkers who are slacking and not pulling their wait. They will consider the failures of their coworkers as a problem for themselves, since it may harm their work ability. As long as their colleagues are doing a good job at work, they will be very helpful and friendly towards them. ESTPs often see the workplace as an opportunity to make new friendships that they can maintain outside of work.


ISFPs enjoy a work environment that allows them freedom of creativity and exploration. If they are bogged down with too many restrictions the ISFP will feel very unhappy and frustrated. They strongly dislike being controlled or told what to do, and do not take kindly to aggressive leaders. If they are in a work position that is strict and unbending, the ISFP will probably slack with their work efforts. As long as the ISFP has a balance of guidelines and freedom, they will do very well in a workplace. Although they tend to be timid they are very capable in the workplace and are often have a vast amount of skills.

Although they are often shy and reserved, ISFPs make great colleagues. They enjoy being around others and are very likable. They are fun to be around and have a laid-back way about them. They are often very patient with others, and do not become easily frustrated with them. They prefer to avoid conflict and would rather have their work judged separately from others.


ESFP dislike a work environment that does not show them new experiences. They do not like detail-oriented tasks, and will become frustrated with the mundane. A quick pace and many opportunities for change will cause the ESFP to thrive. They are very good on their feet, and are surprisingly skilled at reacting to a high stress work environment. They are good at juggling multiple tasks, and work very well in the present moment. They may struggle with long term planning, and do not always take criticism of their work well. Their spontaneity makes them capable of adapting to new situations very well.

As colleagues ESFP are very social and fun to be around. They enjoy getting along with their coworkers and make friends very easily. They work well with others and enjoy the chance to work with a team. They actually work best in fields that put them with people, since they thrive on the social aspect of the world.

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