INFJ in the Workplace

INFJs have pretty tall demands when it comes to a satisfying work environment. Not only does this personality type need to be able to express their creativity and insight, INFJs need to know that what they are doing has meaning, helps people, leads to personal growth and, all the while, is in line with their values, principles and beliefs.

Oftentimes the best way for INFJs to achieve this is to not have to answer to others’ rules at all – to be their own boss, neither above nor below anyone else, just directly interacting with the people and ideas that are important to them. All that being said, INFJs are a clever and inspired group, and with a few of the right conditions, most any position can be made to work.

INFJ workplace habits

INFJ Subordinates

As subordinates, INFJs are likely to chafe under hardline rules, formal hierarchies and routine tasks. People with the INFJ personality type value diplomacy and sensitivity, and the more democratic and personal their manager’s style is, and the more they feel their independence and input are valued, the happier they’ll be. INFJs act on their convictions, so when they do something, it’s something that has meaning to them – if those actions come under criticism, even justified complaints, but especially unwarranted ones, their morale is likely to tank spectacularly.

A manager’s values need to be naturally aligned with their INFJ subordinates for both parties to be most effective. Though usually idealistic, if they feel in conflict, INFJs can lose touch with that sense and end up all too bitter. But if it’s a balance they can handle, with a little encouragement every now and then, INFJs will be hardworking, trustworthy, and more than capable of handling their responsibilities and professional relationships.

INFJ Colleagues

As colleagues, INFJs are likely to become quite popular, being seen as positive, eloquent and capable friends, identifying others’ motives and defusing conflicts and tension before anyone else even senses a disturbance. INFJs are likely to prioritize harmony and cooperation over ruthless efficiency, encouraging a good, hardworking atmosphere and helping others when needed. While this is usually a strength, there is a risk that others will take advantage of INFJs’ commitment to their responsibilities by simply shifting their burdens onto their more dedicated INFJ colleagues’ desks.

It should also be remembered that at the end of the day, INFJs are still Introverts (I), and their popularity isn’t always welcome – they will need to step back and act the lone wolf from time to time, pursuing their own goals in their own ways. An unhealthy version of this tendency may pop up if INFJs sense that their values are being compromised by a more ethically relaxed colleague.

INFJ Managers

As managers, INFJs are often reluctant in exercising their authority, preferring to see their subordinates as equals, coordinating and supervising people, leaving the technical systems and factual details to more capable hands, and working hard to inspire and motivate, not to crack the whip. That’s not to say that people with the INFJ personality type have lax standards – far from it – as INFJs’ sense of equality means that they expect their subordinates to be as competent, motivated and reliable as the INFJs themselves.

Though sensitive, understanding, principled and just, able to appreciate individual styles and to make accurate judgments about others’ motivations, if a subordinate’s actions or attitude undermines INFJs’ ethics or values, they will find little comfort in these qualities. INFJs have no tolerance for lapses in reliability or morality. But, so long as no such lapse occurs, INFJs will work tirelessly to ensure that their subordinates feel valued and happy.

4 years ago
I actually happen to stumble upon this and I am completely shocked! This is dead on… I am happy to see that it's not a figment of my imagination. Indeed, this is me all the way through. I always thought I was rare but to even get confirmation that we are less than 1 percent of the population. I am living in extreme excitement. Thank you.
4 years ago
Very precise description.
Carrie Reimer
4 years ago
This is extremely accurate! right down to the not liking routine and needing to feel my work is making a difference. For most of my life I was in entirely the wrong line of work. I have made moves to change that though and my writing has come to the forefront. Very interesting
4 years ago
This is exactly me, my mom read it and told me it was the exact description of my personality, it's cool reading all these comments of people just like me! One thing though, generally I'm not popular in any situation, which seemed to be one of the traits. But I'm not worried.
Erin P.
4 years ago
Hannah, I had the same experience has you when I was younger. I was never popular, in fact, I was teased a lot because I was determined to follow my own values. Once I got older, I was told by quite a few people that I had a major impact on the environment, that everybody knew who I was. Please don't think that 'popular' as written here means 'everybody likes you and wants to be you,' as it is defined by today's standards. I believe that popular, when it comes to our personality type means that a lot of people know who you are, they notice you. They may not like you or how much you march to the beat of your own drum. They may not like how you always seem to be pushing your cause or helping the person who's worse off than you - but I guarantee, they know who you are.
4 years ago
Yes, this is me! I agree with the teacher who could see right through her students, but the only thing is that their parents do not understand or believe what you are saying until it is too late. I have a student who does not like me because I always catch him doing "sneaky" things to other students behind my back; so, he thinks he is doing it. I can also diagnose students with emotional issues before counselors do and that scares me. I call it magical! Does anyone have strange dreams about co-workers or as a result of excessive stress, but at some point the dreams come true?
Carrie Reimer
4 years ago
I haven't had the dreams about co-workers but I have had them about men I am involved with or close family members. My ex was not a very nice guy and cheated, lied, etc and I always could tell, he would deny deny deny but I knew he was up to something. It would drive me crazy because I knew he was lying and sure enough the truth would eventually come out and I was right.
4 years ago
Yes. I use those dreams to direct conversations with those co-workers and friends without necessarily telling them my source. For close friends, I can be more honest. It tends to freak others out and I've long outgrown the novelty of being referred to as psychic when it's not true.
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