What Environment do You Thrive in?


Recently we’ve discussed whether, as individuals, we’re primarily visual, audio or kinaesthetic communicators and if we like details or headlines but what does that mean and what next? Well, we can understand colleagues, peers, clients, and ourselves a lot more and how best to utilise this understanding to maximise our communications.

Through these discussions, we also understand better how we, and others learn, and know that if given information in a way that’s not our preferred format we might need to pay greater attention to take it all in.

Understanding the environment that we, and others, prefer to work in, the time of day we do our best work, and how we prefer to approach different aspects of work is the final piece to unlock.

Taking these things into consideration we can make a real difference to how we communicate. Perhaps something to discuss at the next team meeting but what time of day will that be?

Looking around your working space is this the best environment and set up for you? And why does that matter? Spend a few minutes considering whether:

  • You like to have a clear desk, if so why and what’s the impact if it’s cluttered? Do you manage your in box and desk top in the same way – do you have clear in box with lots of folders or is it one list? And how many different applications are you running at a time?
  • I personally work better if there’s nothing on my desk other than what I’m working on now. If paperwork is in my peripheral vision then on some level I’m aware of it and on some level it’s a distraction. The same for inbox notifications. What about you?
  • Does it matter if it’s a noisy or a quiet space? How distracted are you by other people, especially if they are talking on the phone? Do you prefer to wear earbuds and listen to music to cancel out the chatter?
  • If you need quiet then think about how you can get some quiet time in the work environment every day; we need to be mindful its not great to for our office door to be closed much of the time or always work in a meeting room. We have to be both accessible to others and be aware of what’s happening.
  • What about the time of day – are you a morning or afternoon person? Some people like to gather their thoughts and plan their day first thing, others are ‘let’s get to it’ and appear at your desk to ask questions or share information straight away. If you get in early for some quiet time then ask people if they can respect that time. What works for you and the team best? One of my clients has an alternative where they all have a toy bee that they put on their desk when not to be disturbed and that works well.
  • And how does this translate to working on a project or an account? How best do you work as an individual and how as a team? How do others work best? What’s the impact if you have to work in a different way?
If we take all these things into consideration we can make a real difference to how we communicate. Perhaps something to discuss at the next team meeting but what time of day will that be?

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