Penmanship lessons have been replaced by typing classes. High schools and colleges now permit laptops in almost all classrooms. Those attending business meetings are hidden by the backs of their screens. While typing may appear to be more efficient and useful, studies show that traditional pen and paper writing is well worth the extra effort.
Writing by hand in children
People invest in baby Einstein and other programs to help their children’s learning process begin at such an early age. People care about the success of their children. But a simple pen and paper could be doing more than all of these computerized learning programs. Children who write by hand have better letter recognition which is the strongest predictor of reading ability.
Writing by hand in adolescence
As children reach the email, instant messaging, and social media age, they become much more comfortable with typing as opposed to writing. But studies show that students who actually wrote out their notes were able to better answer conceptual questions on the material than those who typed their notes.
Writing by hand in adults
As individuals progress out of college and into the full-time work life, desk jobs and meetings are full of computers. But have you ever found that you struggle with your ability to craft sentences or write really compelling work? Research shows adults are better at writing prose (both typing and hand written) when they are faster at handwriting.
All in all, it’s in your children’s best interest to encourage handwritten notes once in a while as they are also learning to type. As adults, stretch your brain a little and try hand-written notes or journaling. To give yourself or your child an extra push to reach for that writing instrument, try a personalized pencil or pen!
Also, did you know your handwriting can possibly tell you a little bit about yourself? Check out our infographic, What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?
There’s always at least one person in every office that is known for pulling pranks. With April Fool’s Day coming up, you may be interested in what that person may have up their sleeve or what you can do to get them back this year.
If you work in an office, there are some office personalities that are all-too familiar. You may not have a coworker named Milton with a red stapler, but you’re sure to recognize these character types – some funny and some down-right annoying!
Today’s Office Showcases a Variety of Personalities – All Under One Roof
Today’s modern office environment is the driver of endless jokes, mockumentary television shows, and countless anecdotal stories. Why is the office such incredible fodder for insightful and entertaining commentary? Simply put, no other location blends such an array of personality types that run the gamut from introverts to exhibitionists, reclusive types to loudmouths.
When companies house different divisions under one roof, the interactions among employees can become downright riveting. Imagine blending the sales team, accounting department, human resources, and marketing under one roof. The resulting interpersonal relationships and interactions that occur are intriguing.
The Various Types Of Office Personalities
If you’ve ever spent time working in an office environment, then you’ll be able to relate to most, if not all, of the following personality types:
- The Passive Aggressor – identified by those who leave covert notes like, “the coffee maker doesn’t clean itself.”
- The Backstabber – Lives for the opportunity to one-up his or her competition with juicy details.
- The Kitchen Slob – This person may remind you of your first college dorm mate, or maybe your four year old. Eitherway, don’t expect the Kitchen Slob to pickup after themselves.
- The Chatterbox – Pretty self-explanatory. In fact, they are overly self-explanatory. These types can be seen leaninginto cubicles and engaging occupants in overly elaborate and nonsensical conversation.
- The Delegator – It’s always someone else’s desk that sees their workload. After all, good managers need to delegate,right?
- The Workaholic – These types would set up a cot under their desks if they could. Sleep is for wimps, and there arenever enough hours in the day for these go-getters.
- The Noisemaker – Knuckle crackers; constant hummers; show tune-singers – you get the point. These types think that theentire office wants to hear their one-man show.
- The Meeting Scheduler – Most CEO’s agree that the majority of meetings are wasted time. Not for the Meeting Scheduler,though! They’ll put a meeting on the calendar at a moment’s notice.
- The Gossiper – Oh, you haven’t heard what happened last weekend? The Gossiper will tell you, whether you want to knowor not!
- The Overly Ambitious Summer Intern – Young, energetic, and full of ideas – The Overly Ambitious Summer Intern is readyto pop up wherever he or she is needed. Until Labor Day, that is.
- The Debbie Downer – Reading this information will probably give you eye strain anyway. The Debbie Downer can tell youwhat is wrong with any situation.
- The Email Overloader – Actual human communication is overrated anyway. Click ‘forward’ to anything that might beremotely informational.
- The TMI Sharer – These personality types can be just plain uncomfortable to be around. Really, do we need to knoweverything?
Who Are You?
It is quite easy to categorize the range of office personalities that we all run into each day. The difficult part lies in taking an introspective approach and figuring out – who am I? In actuality, most of us take on a small fragment of each of these personality types every day. The fun lies in working alongside so many unique individuals on a daily basis.
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Did you know that how you write can indicate more than 5,000 personality traits? The size of your letters, spacing between words, shapes of letters and more can all signify different characteristics. Handwriting analysis (also known as graphology) can even be used for detecting lies and revealing possible health ailments.
Check out the infographic below to learn what your handwriting says about you. It’s also fun analyzing the handwriting of your friends and family members, so be sure to hand it off or pass it along!