There Are Two Types of Workplace Personalities, and One Does Better Than the Other

tortoise and hare

Apparently it’s true; slow and steady does win the race.

An online survey, conducted by OnePoll late last year – commissioned by Crockpot – found that there were long-term benefits of taking time with your work. 

Out of the 2,000 participants, those who worked at a more leisurely pace were likely to be laid-back, with more introverted qualities, enjoying hobbies like baking and knitting (which take a lot of patience).

Unsurprisingly, fast-moving workers, mostly identified as extroverts and enjoyed things like hiking, sports and other activities that involved more human and social interaction.

On the extrovert side of things, the fast-workers reported more of a struggle in adjusting to life in lockdown and the continuous disturbances that the pandemic has thrown into our working routines. On the other end of the scale, the slow-workers were inclined to be grateful for isolation and generally more optimistic about a new type of working.

Naturally, the nature of work needs to be taken into account. Pre-pandemic, the fast-workers generally felt that they didn’t have time for a slower-paced life, and used this as an explanation of why they weren’t as interested in the baking, gardening and leisurely side of things. This suggests that they worked in fast-paced places that match their preferred working style, such as hospitality, or in the media; with quick turnovers and constant deadlines. They also reported feeling as though they didn’t have much spare time for self-care, consistently prioritising work over themselves.

On the other side of the pond, slower-paced workers love a good nap, and were also found to be more health-conscious, which can mean that they are more willing to take time off without feeling guilty, and are more inclined to find time to take care of themselves.

Clearly, we have our hares and our tortoises. Which one are you?

Working fast may give the illusion of success, however it can be difficult to notice how you may be struggling with your mental health and other aspects of your personal life. I don’t know about you, but sometimes the pressure of delivering work quickly can see me opt for a lunch of Uber Eats and a triple-shot coffee a few times a day, which can’t be healthy habits to keep up.

It’s important to note that although being successful in your work is a great feeling, the definition is different for everyone. You are more than your output and let’s be real, the isolation COVID-19 is still extremely real, raw and stressful, without putting added pressure on yourself. 

Never thought we’d say this, but let’s all take  a leaf out of 2020’s book; slow down, recharge and go for a walk.