Every member of a team has their own unique personality traits, skills, work style, and way of thinking. Each of those differences among teammates is something to celebrate as they are precisely what help teams stay innovative and achieve results.
Personality tests build profiles of team members, which can be used to bridge understanding and improve how teams work together. They can also highlight the strengths and weakness of your group.
Having a stronger idea of communication styles and skills allows your team to build deeper connections. Outside of the surface-level “what did you do this weekend,” personality tests spark discussions that allow teammates to feel seen, supported, and united.
Types Of Personality Tests
Here we will explore several online options for personality tests team building that can benefit your remote team! There are no wrong answers, both in your test selection and on the tests themselves.
Character Strengths Survey
The Character Strengths Survey is a 100-question quiz that has quiz takers select an answer ranging from “very much like me” to “very much unlike me.” With the results of the survey, users obtain a score for their “signature strengths, middle strengths, and areas of improvement.”
The tiered results allow you and your team to see not only each teammate’s strengths, but also where they may need to lean on others for help as they continue developing a particular muscle – fantastic to build comfort being vulnerable in your team.
Enneagram is a test that is commonly discussed, like our next test, so the name may sound familiar. The test can be taken in about 15 minutes or so, with only 7 pages of questions (each page with a handful).
Phrases you will rate are things like “I see the positive in every situation” or “I am not afraid to tell someone when I think they are wrong.” Ultimately, the Enneagram test is assessing how well an individual aligns with the nine common personality types, providing a rating and description for each.
Also known as the 16 personality types test, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) might be the most commonly known test, for good reason. Following taking the test, users are assigned a four-letter acronym that demonstrates their tendency across four categories: introversion or extraversion, sensing or intuition, thinking or feeling, and judging or perceiving – in that order.
Once assigned your acronym, the test gives a thorough description of your personal tendencies as they relate to the acronym. Myers-Briggs types can be used to highlight employees that will collaborate best with each other, employees that might prefer more individualized work, and more – all very valuable insights to strengthening your team and the bonds within in.
You might start noticing a trend with the various personality test as many of them have similarities. As we have seen with previous examples, the DiSC Assessment test assesses users across different categories (dominance, influence, steadiness, and conscientiousness) by asking questions related to various social situations and how the test-taker perceives those situations.
The test results highlight your team members’ interpersonal style, which can help you build a more impactful relationship with them and it can help other teammates understand each other better.
High 5 Test
The High 5 Test provides test takers with 100 prompts, which they rate on a scale of “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree.” An example of a prompt users will be asked is “I believe the best way to achieve success is by focusing on one thing,” which the user will then either agree or disagree with based on the provided scale.
After completing the 100-prompt test, your team will be given results that spotlight their top five dominant traits. Other tests have given test takers both highs and lows, like the Character Strengths Survey, but this test just shows the five strongest traits each person has.
This allows your team to find their similarities and differences quite easily when they share their results, while highlighting teammates that have strengths that differ from their own – extremely impactful when they work together in the future.
5-Minute Personality Test
Just like it says in the name, this test can be taken in only five minutes – perhaps the fastest test we have shared on this list yet! Though brief, the test is still very effective. This test isn’t one that is taken online like the others we’ve discussed, so it can be a great addition to a team meeting, where everyone can discuss their results immediately after.
Within the test, there are ten lines of prompts to fill out. Each line has four words/phrases that test takers will rate on a scale of 1-4, four being the phrase that aligns with them best, under four letter categories.
At the end of the test, users will add up the points they have under each letter, and their strongest letter represents their personality. The next page of the test reveals the traits associated with each letter, so it is recommended test takers don’t look ahead as that may skew the way they respond.
The 5 Love Languages Quiz
Though the test may seem like one best suited for personal relationships, think of the test instead as the Appreciation Language Quiz. Everyone likes to be appreciated in different ways, and if your team can understand each other’s preferences, they can celebrate each other much more effectively.
Some people may really appreciate a high-five or handshake after a job-well-done, while others may feel special receiving a thoughtful message. Though some explanation of your intentions with the quiz may be needed, it could be just what your team needs to feel more recognized by their colleagues.
The Color Code
You guessed it, this personality test assigns test takers with a color that best aligns with their personality, and a description of what that color means. This test examines the why and how of your actions.
It is a 2-part test that begins with a section titled “Strengths and Limitations.” Within that section, users are prompted to select the trait that best describes them among a list of four, across 30 prompts. Next, users move on to the “Situations” section, which brings up 15 situations and asks how you would have responded as a child, out of four choices.
Once submitted, your team will be assigned either red, blue, white, or yellow, with a definition of what that color represents, which your team can discuss with each other.
Career Values Assessment
This test is quite specifically meant for the workplace, so you know it will directly relate to personal work values. The Career Values Assessment is another brief test, averaging about 12 minutes start to finish.
The test has 20 online questions test takers will answer, all related to different aspects of work to identify where users stand among six different underlying work values. Prompts like “in my ideal job, it is important that…” are presented. With that prompt specially, some example responses could be “…I make use of my abilities” or “…I would receive recognition for the work I do.”
After completing the 20 prompts, your teammates will be given their scores for each of the six work value clusters. In addition, they will also receive a list of different jobs that align with those values, which could be a fun discussion point for everyone.
Which Personality Test Is Right For My Team?
Each test will give you and your team valuable insight into one another. Not only is the act of conducting an assessment with your team a great way to demonstrate you care to create bonds within your team, but it also shows your team you care to understand and better appreciate their uniqueness – an amazing feeling for employees.
Beyond that, your team will feel closer with each other in a couple of ways: they know more about each other, but they will also have bonded over learning more about themselves (with their team members by their side). All of those results unite your team, enhancing your team’s culture, which does nothing but improve the work they do together.
Personality assessments can do wonders to continue improving your work environment. Whether you’re part of a management team or a store level employee, everyone can be open to experience learning more about their co-workers and improving company culture.
There are nothing but benefits when you take the time to help your team understand each other better – start planning your team activity today! Click here for more more virtual team building options from The Escape Game!