The findings highlighted that extroverts are significantly happier at work and have higher levels of job satisfaction and also pointed out that personality differences are behind areas of conflict in the office.

"Understanding how personality interacts with the office environment is key to improving job satisfaction and productivity," said researcher John Hackston, head of research at OPP, a Britain-based company providing business psychology solutions.

The findings are based on an online survey of over 300 people about their current office environments. The participants had previously completed a personality test to ascertain their personality type.

"These results support previous research into the unpopularity of open-plan offices and hot-desking and the positive effects of personalisation. However, there are some simple changes that can be made to improve staff satisfaction and increase productivity," Hackston said.

The study was presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology's annual conference in Nottingham recently.

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