Are You Suffering From Split Personality At Your Workplace?

Imagine having a conversation with yourself at a bar, a stadium and at home. Now, imagine doing the same at work. Keeping in mind that this has less to do with upholding workplace values and more with expressing yourself freely; do you see a difference? Surprisingly, most people answer that with a ‘yes’ and if you did too, then Houston, we have a problem.

This especially becomes crucial if you consider the fact that a significant portion of your day is spent at the workplace. Now, imagine the implication-you are constructing walls around your personality and bouncing between them for a good majority of your day. Phew! Sounds exhaustingly intense, friend.

Most of us failing to juggle between personalities (Source: www.giphy.com)

So, let’s get to the most obvious question — Why does our demeanor change while we are at work? Now, your brain might immediately answer that with “It feels like the right thing to do” but it surely isn’t that simple. Dig deeper. Go with your instincts. Question everything and don’t stop until you have all of them answered.

Why The Double Life?

So why are these split personality traits kicking in? Don’t tell us you’re like Tyler from Fight Club! Question that. Why have we accepted work to be something that eats a portion of our personality up? Is it just cause everyone else is doing it and that’s what’s acceptable? That doesn’t feel right anymore, does it?

So why are these split personality traits kicking in? Don’t tell us you’re like Tyler from Fight Club! Question that. Why have we accepted work to be something that eats a portion of our personality up? Is it just cause everyone else is doing it and that’s what’s acceptable? That doesn’t feel right anymore, does it?

Don’t follow the herd. Unless you are a sheep. (Source: www.yayomg.com)

The answer to all of these “whys” lies in the approach that most organisations take towards working. One that is ancient and orthodox. ‘Can I wear a pair of jeans and my favourite Avengers T-shirt to work? Can I voice my opinion?’ These are common questions that bog us down at work. It’s time to stomach the fact that most people create a version of themselves in a traditional workspace because they want to fit in and are scared of being treated like an outlander.

In the Handbook of Business Strategy, it has been argued that employees are continuing to withdraw themselves from the workplace at a growing rate. We owe this sense of retraction, we believe, to a rigid environment that has now rendered itself obsolete. It has further been observed that now, more than ever, it has become extremely crucial to build workplaces that positively influence the workforce.

Today, the modern workforce is not just about meeting targets. They go above and beyond what is expected of them. They are driven by passion and draw a great sense of pride from the kind of work they do. Their sense of individuality has resulted in breaking notions about the work environment. They are doing so by repeatedly deconstructing the way people work, by not having a way at all.

How Does This Affect Work?

When you are not being honest with yourself, a large amount of your energy gets consumed in constantly keeping your behavior in check. In addition, when you adopt a certain personality for work, you tend to place restrictions on yourself.

Our workspace philosophy needs a thorough overhaul. Fundamentally, this defines our workstyle and in turn, contributes towards overall productivity, inspiration and learning opportunities at the office space.

Cubicles bore you? Want to sit elsewhere and get your brains racking? What if you were given the opportunity to choose from multiple options ranging from a patio, discussion rooms, meeting rooms to high chairs? How about wanting to munch on something while you think? Let’s see if we can bring all this to you before shit hits the roof.

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How Do We Combat The Alternating Personality Symptoms?

Here’s an idea to chew on — Ever heard of the term ‘shared office spaces?’

In the journal — ‘Recent developments in office design’ — Facilities, it has been observed that the physical design of an organisation has progressively been constructed to fulfill employee needs and therefore maximize productivity and satisfaction. However, it has been suggested that building innovative workplaces can facilitate sharing of information and create networking opportunities that look beyond job titles by encouraging communication openly across various departments.

This defines the difference between a traditional office setup and a coworking facility. Besides providing you with an improved workplace, a coworking space allows you to synergise with people who have varied perspectives and personalities.

Coworking used to be a cost-effective alternative for a location independent workforce. Now, large corporations, startups and small businesses have started to buy into the idea. There is a growing realisation that each sector has a learning to offer.

Coworking has its own merits — right from the get go, you see your work culture diversify and grow — the people you work alongside contribute towards both your personal and professional growth. You get to meet people from various business verticals that bring an immense amount of knowledge, advice and experience. The fluid format of working helps people put their unique identities to good use.

But above all, you get to be a part of an open community. One that encourages you to be yourself and gives you a space that you can call home. A space that cradles your ideas and stimulates you to work according to your style.

This, is what we’re so passionately building. By analysing the kind of changes we need to make in our work style, we are formulating a direction that upholds productivity and introduces the world to a comprehensive solution to making work, fun.

And if there’s one thing we’re sure about, it’s that we’re gonna make it happen.

Source: https://www.cowrks.com/blog/split-personality-at-workplace