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Virtual working and your MBTI type

Remote working has now become integral to the way we run organisations and develop skills. Whether or not they’d prefer face-to-face communication, people of all MBTI® types need to attend virtual meet ups. Some will naturally prefer receiving information virtually and some less so. So how can you make sure they’re all getting the most out of working remotely?

Working remotely


Here are some suggestions for how you can make sure your virtual teams are engaged, regardless of their MBTI preferences.


Extraversion

  • Give them a chance to develop ideas through discussion with the other participants
  • Allow unmuted verbal questions as well as interactive feedback
  • Promote active participation in the process, as opposed to individual reading and solo assignments
  • Create live interaction with other participants, showing their pictures and names where appropriate. Use of zoom and Skype video help.
Talk things through vs think things through

Introversion

  • Build in time for them to reflect and consider ideas internally before responding – this could be in the form of presentations sent out prior to the meet ups, and follow-up opportunities to discuss and add input.
  • Provide them with written as well as verbal information and instructions
  • Give them the opportunity to work or reflect alone, in addition to group meets.
  • Ensure that tye meetings online can take place in a quiet environment with protection from interruptions

Sensing

  • Provide clear structure for the meetings. Give sequential directions, information, and explanations –
  • Show appreciation for thoroughness and attention to detail
  • Include ample specific data to back up their conclusions
Different views, detail vs big picture

Intuition

  • Allow room for flexibility and creativity in reaching the goals of the meetings
  • Lay out the big picture and a framework that links the meeting objectives to the content
  • Allow space for getting off topic, brainstorming, and developing new ideas that may lead to a more fruitful experience
  • Not insist on one “right” way but rather provide alternatives or allow room for exploration

Thinking

  • Provide a logical explanation for the objectives
  • Allow time for questions and analysis of the content
  • Build in opportunities for them to consider the pros and cons and weigh alternatives
  • Provide a sense of fairness in how the rules and procedures lead to accomplishing the tasks
Thinking vs feeling

Feeling

  • Incorporate feedback and recognition regarding progress and successes
  • Make a connection showing how the content impacts people and relationships
  • Create live connections between participants during the meetings as well as follow up individually afterward
  • Show respect for individual values and how they may impact their workload

Judging

  • Provide structure, clear goals, and a schedule
  • Stay organised and respect stated timelines
  • Celebrate completion of tasks and reaching goals
Plan it vs go with the flow

Perceiving

  • Make room for flexibility on the completion of goals that allow individual freedom within a larger time frame
  • Recognise the value of spontaneous contributions to the meetings
  • Make space for new information that may be relevant

If you don’t know your MBTI you can take the test here and go through our best fit process to make sure it’s the perfect fit for you.

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