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Are you a sprinter or a marathon runner, at work? (Infographic)

by | Nov 7, 2016 | Teamwork

Last Updated on 3 June 2022

The relationship to time

You have certainly noticed that people do not have the same relationship with time. For some, time is never a problem. They are able to adapt in most situations, as the short term and work with a sense of urgency. This type of personality also quickly loses interest if the project is too long. These people are called polychronic or “SPRINTERS“.

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For others, time can be a source of stress that governs their daily activities. They prefer to focus on one thing at a time with a strong preference for the long term. These people are calm. They are called monochronic or “MARATHONIANS“.

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It goes without saying that the working methods of these two groups of individuals are very different. It can, therefore, be destabilizing for someone to have to work in collaboration with a person who has a different relationship to time than his own and this situation can lead to difficulties in their relationships.

Here is what distinguishes sprinters and marathon runners, a portrait that will certainly be very useful to you in managing your working relationships.

Working relations

The way that each worker organizes his tasks is very personal and must meet his needs. To ensure better team harmony, it can be interesting to have a meeting to discuss each other’s methods and needs. Taking stock of their ways of doing things can allow employees to develop new work techniques and interact better as a team.

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Being a sprinter is no better than being a marathon runner and vice versa. For example, asking a marathon runner to take several files simultaneously and with short deadlines can create a level of stress and discomfort that can affect the expected results. It is preferable for managers to adopt mandates according to the type of personality.

It’s important to know our colleagues because we spend a lot of time at work. It facilitates collaboration between employees awhile avoiding friction related to different work techniques!

At your meetings with Beenote, it’s important to know this difference when you assign tasks to participants. Such knowledge will increase your team’s ability to achieve its objectives.

So, are you a “sprinter” or a “marathon runner”?


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