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October 4, 2022

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We've all been there. We dedicate our lives, or at least a large portion of them, to work. And what do we get out of it? At the end of the day, we can be left with few tangible accomplishments and a diminishing amount of time to be spent with friends, loved ones, or even ourselves.


What if there was another way – to balance work life, home life, and to find your purpose? There is! Understanding your work preferences can help you find your purpose and bring overall balance in both work and home life.


When people struggle to find a sense of purpose and joy at work, staying motivated can become a challenge. What should be something that enriches people's lives becomes a chore. Sometimes, knowing a little more about how you prefer to work can bring about increased happiness and the intrinsic motivation.


Two main factors affect how you feel about your job: the first is how you actually feel towards the task itself, and the second is linked to the quality of your social interactions. Looking closer at these elements, we can better understand what we need to achieve a comfortable work life.


Regarding your actual tasks, ask yourself if you like variety in what you do, or if you prefer stability? This can have a direct effect on how motivated you are. People who enjoy routine tend to like their jobs because of the strength and predictability it offers them. On the other hand, staying motivated with a steady routine is easy, but your job may not provide much variety – how does this land for you long term?


When it comes to social interactions, do you like to be around people or do you prefer being alone? While this is a seems an obvious question, there are quite a lot of people who don't feel as connected with their surroundings as they would like. It's important to understand that every person has different preferences and needs when it comes to their jobs. You must learn what motivates you to get the most out of your career.


So how can you learn what your work preferences are?

Take a close look at your job and think about what you like. For example, do you enjoy the tasks that you have to perform, or do you like the atmosphere more? Once you can identify what parts of your job motivate you, it will be easier to keep them in mind when seeking new roles.


If you have trouble finding motivation at work, try to start identifying it. For example, you might think that your job is the most fun and exciting thing you could do, but if it doesn't make you happy, then maybe it's time to look elsewhere. And once you learn more about your work preferences and know how they affect your job life, it should be easier to keep them in mind when looking for a new gig!


How the Team Management Profile can help

The TMP is a rigorously researched tool that helps people to understand the eight core activities (Types of Work) that all teams must do to be successful. It is critical for any individual in a work context to understand this, in order to be effective. Work preference psychometrics are then overlaid onto the Types of Work Wheel to identify an individual's work preferences and create their unique Team Management Profile. 


The goal of this process is to identify the strengths and work preferences of each individual. It also helps teams to develop strategies to improve their performance and leverage the opportunities brought about by diverse, or 'balanced', teams. Alternatively, 'unbalanced' teams can use the same concepts to identify strategies to resolve their Types of Work gaps. This can be done through the common language of the TMP that enhances effective communication within teams.


Go HERE to book a TMS Direct for Individuals workshop to find out more about your work preferences.

October 4, 2022