How to Work With Your Friends No Matter What

One of the best things about working for Creative 7 Designs is our amazing team. Each member is genuinely kind, thoughtful, and always up for an Augie’s coffee run. And I’m convinced there are no better people with whom to spend the 9 to 5. Basically, while we write and design and answer phone calls, we get to do it alongside people we can call friends. It’s amazing! And I believe it’s important too

Wherever you work, you likely spend a lot of time there, in constant interaction with your fellow employees. So, for your own well being, it’s necessary that you all get along. And though I won the lottery of co-workers, I believe some degree of friendship can be accomplished no matter the people with whom you share an office.

Friendship requires some sort of understanding of one another. It demands empathy, sharing, and compassion. And in the midst of our differences, it is most helpful to realize from where someone came and how they operate. If done wholeheartedly, we can find a way to get along with almost anyone. It just might take a bit of work. The good news though: there’s a great tool with which you can start.

You may have heard of the Myers Briggs personality test. It is a process of assessing, describing, and understanding different kinds of personalities that aims to enhance our interactions with one another. That’s why an office, made up of people from all walks of life, is a setting that might especially benefit from Myers Briggs. Let’s take a look at the five (of 16) most common personality types described by this assessment and how each function in a work environment. We’ve also paired each personality type with a Star Wars character for reference and as an ode to our love for the trilogy.

A Myers Briggs personality is made up of four letters. And each type is made up of one of two options for four categories. These categories are:

  • I/E: Introverted or extroverted
  • S/N: Sensing or intuition
  • T/F: Thinking or feeling
  • J/P: Judging or perceiving

5 Most Common Types 

  • ISFJ

Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging
Star Wars character with this personality type: C3PO
Known as exceptional caretakers, ISFJ personalities are the most common. If you’re like C3PO, you are likely practical, compassionate, and caring. You might also be motivated to provide and protect. And in the workplace, you are a delight as you typically get along with others and are always motivated to lend a helping hand. You are most likely to thrive when you have work that requires careful attention to detail and established procedures.
  • ESFJ

Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging
Star Wars character: Jar Jar Binks
If you’re like Jar Jar Binks, you’re likely a conscious helper, sensitive to others’ needs and aware of your emotional environment. You like harmony, loyalty, and doing what’s right. And at work, you prefer structure and organization to help people in explicit ways. You love bringing everyone together, and you can’t stand conflict
  • ISTJ

Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging
Star Wars character: Owen Lars
Do you identify with Owen Lars? If this sounds like you then you might share his personality: You are responsible and organized and driven to create order. You use step-by-step reasoning to solve a problem in a predictable manner and under familiar circumstances. At work, you value deadlines, specifications, and stability. You look forward to the opportunity to solve technical problems with order.
  • ISFP

Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving
Star Wars character: Bail Organa
Like Bail Organa, you’re a gentle caretaker. You live in the present and enjoy your surroundings with cheer and enthusiasm. Your flexibility allows you to go with the flow. And though it is at first hard to get to know you, among your close friends, you are particularly a warm and friendly person. In the workplace, you’d like to express yourself and participate in a meaningful cause. And you’d always opt for a space that is courteous and cooperative as you work.
  • ESTJ

Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging
Star Wars character: Darth Vader
I know, I know, Darth Vader is not the best character with which to be associated. But don’t be dismayed. If you identify as an ESTJ, you do not inherently share his evil qualities. However, you are likely hardworking and eager to take charge of organizing people and projects. You like for things to be done systematically and logically, and everything you do is grounded in reality. At work, you are a great leader. You excel at organizing people- you may even be the manager! And your ideal work environment is highly structured, well organized and might just have you in charge.

These personality types and each popular assessment are far from perfect. You may find that you do not identify with each trait of your assigned type. But that’s okay! People and personalities are quite complex. So do not be confined or limited in your introspective understanding by such rigid personality definitions. Instead, use these as a tool. They can help you understand yourself and how you think and perceive the world. And just as importantly, it can help you comprehend the ways that others operate. Doing so just might enhance your relationships. That’s because as we understand one another, we can better relate, and even form friendships. And friendships make life rich and meaningful. So, make the time you spend at work count and get to know those with whom you share an office. You may even make a new friend.

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