Structured vs Non-Structured Workweek - Are you comfortable with both?

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This is a discussion on Structured vs Non-Structured Workweek - Are you comfortable with both? within the Myers Briggs Forum forums, part of the Personality Type Forums category; Personally, I prefer set hours like 9-5. Even being asked unexpectedly to work overtime makes me kind of uneasy. And ...

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Structured vs Non-Structured Workweek - Are you comfortable with both?

    Personally, I prefer set hours like 9-5. Even being asked unexpectedly to work overtime makes me kind of
    uneasy. And being on-call? Not really my cup of tea :-)

    As a fellow INFJs, how do you feel about this? Also, do you think this has a lot to do with type?
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    I work irregular shifts and sometimes I'm on call duty over nights. I could not work nine to five daily with repetitive stuff. Well, I could, but it would make me numb and dull-minded. I strive in dynamic environment and fast-paced atmosphere working on multiple different projects (aka people) simultaneously, although the heavily social aspect exhausts me.

  3. #3
    INTP

    Set hours don't work for me, I prefer to do whatever I have to do whenever I'm in the mood to do it. If I'm not in the mood to do something within the normal working hours, I'll rather do it at night or on the weekend.

    My guess is that this is more of a P thing than a J thing.

    Still, being on-call is a very different thing. The reason why I don't like to tie myself to a schedule is because I want the freedom to decide when I want to do whatever I'll do, I definitely don't want to wait for somebody to tell me. Does anybody enjoy that, regardless of personality type? I doubt it.

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  5. #4
    ISTP

    I prefer structure because its easier to cope with.

  6. #5

    I like a bit of both

    I work in Behavioral Health Management

    I like and can handle surprises and emergencies with clients and behaviors etc

    I get super pissed at unexpected staffing crap at the hands of scheduling coordinators (those kinda surprises can put me in a grumpy ass mood because it effects everything else).

    Anyways my work days have always been half and half. Knew when meetings and appointments were, had a routine or coffee and always checking schedules for staff and clients first and then moving to case management solutions and programming and then I always made room for client relations and training staff, emails I have always purposely read last in my day because emails usually just demand more work and Id always rather go through the pile and priorities top to bottom as I can see what’s in front of me and handle the stuff all in front of my face as emails tend to just add more demands and hence if it wasn’t a call or a meeting wasn’t emergency hence blocking out to not add more and ruin my day. Always ignored miscellaneous single calls from superiors before 10am to ensure my delivery on mandatory items I knew if it were important they’d double ring or set a meeting.

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    Structured. I have a plan for every task assigned and when it gets interrupted, it drains me. I like to finish things one task at a time before being handed something new. With this being said, I like to make the most within set hours. If itís a busy day, I just work faster. If itís slow, I take it easier. I donít like being forced to work overtime for the sake of others.

  8. #7

    Quote Originally Posted by cafetalk View Post
    Also, do you think this has a lot to do with type?
    It's part of the P-J definition.

    I hate being forced into a structure; by contrast, I'm always ready to drop whatever I'm doing if something more important comes up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Janna View Post
    I definitely don't want to wait for somebody to tell me. Does anybody enjoy that, regardless of personality type? I doubt it.
    If it worked both ways? I guess. The thing about "flexibility" is that it usually means "you be there when we need you". If in exchange it also meant "I be absent when I want to", it'd be a fair trade.

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    I prefer a very loose structure. I've learned that I'm not self-disciplined enough to have complete freedom, it's actually "healthy' for me to have some degree of externally imposed structure, but I like jobs that give me max control within a set parameter. My favorites have been a set number of hours I put in weekly but at any time I want, or just projects with certain check points and hard deadlines. This is because my energy level is anything but consistent. I'm either totally passionate about something and working towards it with incredible drive and focus (sometimes to the point that I don't sleep, eat or care for myself as well as I should) or I'm just not feelin' it, so that any forced work is bare minimum to not get fired, and I'm highly aware of those limits. Usually though, in the end my quality and productivity still beats out the more consistent workers. So I work very well with people who just want an excellent end result or specific quality of work, and who don't care how I do it, vs those who prefer you just show up on time every day putting out the average shit.

    I can and have, from a practical angle, done jobs I don't enjoy with routine hours. Usually if it has to be this way, I like to get them done as soon as possible so I have the rest of my day to do what I want. Like 6am-2. I'm not an early bird by any stretch of the imagination, but I can somehow make it happen, consistently, if I know I'll have my life back by 2:00pm every day and be well compensated.

    I also tend to push limits which drives upper management crazy. Like, any policy where you have X number of screwups, be it days you can call off, or number of reports that can be submitted late, or number of project/contract changes before being penalized, etc. I tend to often take that right to the limit before any disciplinary measure can occur, making everyone nervous. It was kinda compulsive in my earlier careers, and I didn't introspect or really understand what was behind it until more recently. However, when I developed closer bonds with my superiors, when I really like, respect and connect with them on a more personal level, I do temper these tendencies and feel a deep obligation and commitment to them both professionally and personally. Unfortunately, most bosses kinda suck lol.

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    I mean there are hours I have to be relatively available for others. But my workweek is largely unstructured and unpredictable.

    I don't mind it. So long as I get done what I need to and make time for what I want outside of the time I work, it's all fine.

    Interesting question, never thought about this before. I guess I'm more on the unplanned side than I thought.


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