Introduction to Personality and Behavior in the Workplace

What you’ll learn to do: Describe how individual personality and behavior impacts the typical contemporary work experience

Every work environment is different. While there may be similarities between them, every organization is comprised of different people which creates a unique groupings of personalities. While every organization is different, there are certain similarities we can discuss to comprise a “typical” contemporary work experience. Understanding personality traits is the key to predicting behavior and understanding how situations can influence individuals.

As we have discussed in many of the previous modules, organizational behavior operates on three levels. This section will also evaluate how work experience can differ at each level. Keep in mind while reviewing this section that there are outliers to every situation. The first part of this module will examine a typical work experience and how to best understand and navigate it.