ESFJ in the Workplace
When it comes to the workplace, ESFJs have clear tendencies that show through regardless of their position. People with the ESFJ personality type thrive on social order and harmony, and use their warmth and social intelligence to make sure that each person knows their responsibilities and is able to get done what needs to get done. ESFJs are comfortable, even dependent on clear hierarchies and roles, and whether subordinates, colleagues or managers, ESFJ personalities expect authority to be respected and backed up by rules and standards.
With clearly defined responsibilities and a sense of purpose, ESFJs are patient, efficient, hard-working people who respect the authority of their managers. While ESFJs may struggle with too much freedom and improvisation, they thrive in workplaces with structure, safety and guidelines. Routine tasks are not a problem for ESFJs, and their dedication and loyalty earn them the respect of their managers.
Teamwork is a concept that ESFJs have no trouble putting into practice. Often seeking friends at work, people with this personality type are almost always willing to lend a hand when and where it’s needed. Excellent networkers, ESFJs always seem to “know just the guy” to bring a project together on time. On the other hand, ESFJs often need to work on a team – being stuck alone chipping away at paperwork for days on end just leaves them tired and unfulfilled.
ESFJs take pride in these qualities, which has the side effect of making them particularly sensitive when they come under criticism. When their suggestions and help are turned down, ESFJ personalities can take it personally. Already somewhat vulnerable to stress, rejections like these can be pretty demoralizing, and ESFJs may need their coworkers to make an effort to express their appreciation from time to time.
ESFJs enjoy the responsibility that comes with organizing social situations, and the enjoyment they feel in managing other people translates well into management positions. As team leaders, ESFJs find ways to make everyone feel involved, uniting people and smoothing relations in order to get things done.
At the same time, ESFJs have a strong respect for traditional power structures, and if after all their efforts convincing their subordinates to work together someone ends up challenging their authority, they can stress out, lose their temper, and just generally react badly. People with the ESFJ personality type are sensitive about their status and dislike conflict, and prefer situations where everyone knows their role. So long as expectations are clearly outlined, ESFJs are effective and enjoyable managers.