Supportive Work Environments for Enneagram Heart Types

October 11, 2022 Enneagram, Personal Development

The Heart Center Types (Types 2, 3, and 4) are those who seek connection and relationships with others. Here are some insights into the work environments that best support them.

Stay tuned for next week’s exploration of Body Center work environments.

2 – THE HELPER/GIVER

Type 2 works best in a work environment that recognizes the importance of being aware of one’s needs and asking for what is needed. They prefer teamwork and being a part of a team. When management is appreciative of the efforts of those who work behind the scenes, this type feels valued. Having clear boundaries of authority and communication helps this type know the “rules of the game” and who’s most important to help.

3 – THE PERFORMER

Type 3 works best in a work environment that recognizes performance and rewards it. This type focuses on goals and getting things done, and so a workplace that has goals and values winning (healthy competition) keeps this type motivated. Since this type is often overscheduled and overcommitted, a workplace that encourages and, at times, demands that this type take some time off, sends a message that this type’s health and wellbeing is valued as well as their performance.

4 – THE ROMANTIC

Type 4 works best in a work environment that recognizes individual expression and contribution. A workplace that has appreciation for building strong relationships and expressing one’s feelings (in a healthy way) brings out the best in this type. Since this type’s attention often goes to what is missing (in them), management that gives feedback that doesn’t make comparisons and judgments and sends the message that what s/he is doing is “enough” helps this type flourish.  When a Type 4 feels understood and appreciated for their contributions, this type will be productive and goal oriented. Type 4’s thrive in a workplace where creative, unique expression is valued.

As always, you are the expert on you. If you are one of these three types, let us know what resonates for you here or if you have anything to add.