The coronavirus pandemic means an unprecedented number of people are now working from home.

For some of us this may be a refreshing change. For many, however, WFH is a real challenge.

Adapting to communications technology, maintaining boundaries between work and family life, and missing social interaction with work colleagues can all impact our mental health. Whatever your situation, there is something specific you can do to help yourself.

Scroll down to take our COSI personality test and learn more.

Personality and the home-working experience

Some people adapt better than others to working from home. It’s not just about their home circumstances – it is down to their personality traits.

There are four personality traits that should make any home working experience easier (Neal et al., 2011). These are the four you need to know:

  1. Conscientiousness
    • The degree to which you are self-driven, complete tasks, and are orderly
  2. Openness to experience
    • Your tendency to reflect and come up with novel and imaginative ideas
  3. Stability
    • Your effective management of negative emotions such as anxiety, depression and stress
  4. Introversion
    • Your need for quiet and solitude as opposed to social stimulation and conversation

An ideal personality profile for a home worker is a high score on each of the COSI scales – conscientious, open, stable and introverted.

This does not mean that only ‘COSI’ people can work effectively from home. It means that if your personality does not rank high on the COSI profile, you will need to address some specific issues to ensure a good home working experience.

So how well do you suit working from home? And what can you do to improve your home-working experience? Take our COSI personality test to find out.

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The COSI personality test

Read the following statements and answer ‘true’ to the ones that describe you and ‘false’ to the ones that don’t. Make sure you answer all 20.

If you aren’t sure about one, just pick the answer which seems closest to the truth. Try to be as honest as you can.

 

1.I am always prepared for my work
2.I am not interested in abstract ideas or concepts
3.I get stressed out easily by work
4.I keep quiet in meetings
5.I leave my belongings around my work space
6.I often come up with great ideas for work
7.I am relaxed and easy-going most of the time at work
8.I stay in the background at meetings
9.I pay close attention to the details of a task
10.I do not have a good imagination
11.I worry about work problems
12.I initiate conversations with colleagues
13.I get jobs done straight away
14.I am quick to understand issues at work
15.I rarely feel down about my job
16.I talk to a lot of different work colleagues
17.I follow a schedule
18.I spend time reflecting on tasks
19.I get irritated easily by colleagues or managers
20.I don’t mind being the centre of attention