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Improving communication with a 4-Color Test

Wednesday 05 June 2024

How organizations can improve communication and teamwork with a 4-color Test

What makes an organization what it is? The identity of the organization is not determined by the office buildings; they are simply an expression of it. It is not the hyper-modern (or outdated) IT systems, nor is the identity formed by logistical processes. The most important factor that determines the culture and identity of an organization is the way in which people within it interact with each other. The identity of the organization is the sum of individual personalities and the product of the degree of collaboration and teamwork. You can improve this collaboration with a 4-color team workshop.

Improve team communication with a 4-color test

The fact that the identity of your organization is determined by the people does not mean that you have no influence on it. As an HR professional, you know better than anyone that, with careful selection, you can give the culture a push in the right direction. And you also know that improving communication will only benefit the organization. Many courses focus on communication skills, in addition to the subject matter, in secondary vocational, higher education, and university levels. Thus, professionals (thankfully) already have some communication skills when entering the workforce. But the available time in school is limited, so there is often room for improvement. It is also possible to learn how to improve communication in your team with a 4-color personality test. TestGroup provides the 1-day in-company training, 16 Jung Types and 4-colors for this purpose. Also, a detailed guide on using the 4 color test in organizations is available.

4 color test: The Bridge Personality

The Bridge Personality has been the go-to 4-color personality test for businesses and organizations for more than 15 years. It's super user-friendly – no special license or training required. It’s also perfect for teams, offering a convenient 4 color team report. This makes it an ideal tool for HR departments and coaches. You can order the test for individual candidates or manage it directly through your own account on our online assessment platform.

This test uses the simple and easy-to-understand 4-color model (blue, red, yellow, and green) to shed light on people's behavior patterns. The Bridge Personality is not just a personality test; it's a resource for personal growth, team building, boosting sales performance, and enhancing leadership skills. You'll get individual personality reports as well as a team report.

Why choose this 4-color personality test?

  • It’s been a favorite among organizations and governments in various countries for over 15 years.
  • Great for teams, with a specific team report available.
  • Easy to order for individuals or manage via a cost-effective subscription.

How to order the 4 color test

  • Head over to our order page to request a 4-color personality test for your candidate or employee.
  • Simply choose 'personality test' and then select the '4-color report' option.
  • We accept orders from all over the world.
  • This test is exclusively available for companies and organizations.
  • Your candidate or employee can start the test within just 30 minutes of ordering.
  • The report is instantly available once the test is completed.
  • For bulk orders, consider setting up a corporate account on The Bridge Assessment platform for streamlined access and management.

Different colors = different communication styles

One of the pitfalls that an employee can fall into is that he or she remains stuck in a certain communication style. If a style is successful for a while, the person will have a preference for it. In addition, people have an innate tendency towards a certain way of communicating.

The 4-color model is a well-known and simple model that includes the different styles of communication. While everyone has a little of each, everyone has one primary color in which he or she feels comfortable. That primary color, together with the secondary one, says a lot about how to approach the person. Do you want to know what your preferred color is? The Bridge Personality 4-color report has everything you need.

Personality color: Blue

When someone values objective facts, blue is their primary personality color. Someone with this preference is analytical, focused on details, and looking for structure. This employee will want to study a problem thoroughly before taking action.

Personality color: Red

Someone for whom red is the primary personality color is sharp, assertive, and determined. He or she works resolutely and decisively. The "red" employee does not want to analyze endlessly, but wants to take action.

Personality color: Green

The personality color green stands for someone who is calm and relaxed. He or she is focused on the relationship and strives for harmonious collaboration. This is the employee who is always caring and is always ready for colleagues.

Personality color: Yellow

If yellow is someone's primary personality color, then you are dealing with an enthusiastic, cheerful, and inspired visionary. The yellow employee is extremely expressive and dynamic. He or she is full of energy.

When reading the descriptions above, it is immediately clear that some colors may not understand each other optimally. A Blue employee just doesn't understand why that Red wants to "blast off" while not all the facts are known yet. The Red thinks the Blue is dragging their feet. Mr. Green likes peace, while Mrs. Yellow bounces all over the place.

This diversity in characteristics can cause friction unless everyone is aware of the differences and realizes that the different colors can complement each other.

A 4-color test makes different communication styles visible

The 4-color personality test is a convenient, fast, and affordable personality test that yields scientifically-validated results. This means you can trust the results. The color test is available for businesses, governments, and freelancers and can be taken in 20 languages, at various educational levels (vocational, applied sciences, academic). The 4-color test can be taken at the individual level, team level, and organizational level. At the individual level, this is a great way to gain insight into an applicant's communication style. A color test at the team level works wonders for improving collaboration within the team, while the test at the organizational level is ideal for strengthening internal communication and mapping the organizational culture. Of course, it can be combined with a 16 Personality Test, to get a broader overview of the team.

Online 4-color personality test

The 4-color personality test starts with an online questionnaire. This is completed by the participants whenever and wherever it suits them. Thanks to smart algorithms and artificial intelligence, you receive an extensive report at the level of the individual participant and (in a team analysis) a 4-color team report almost immediately after the questionnaire has been submitted. The personal report translates the score on 34 different competencies into a color from the 4-color model. The team report shows the strengths and action points for the entire team. Both reports immediately provide some concrete tools to improve collaboration.

Example page from the 4-color report

The 4-color test team report

The 4 color test team report is a key tool for enhancing team effectiveness. It's designed to boost skills in problem-solving, communication, and managing conflicts. This report gives a detailed look at your team's strengths and offers insights that are valuable for managers. It answers important questions like: What are the dynamics of this team? What's the best way for this team to work together? How can the team develop further?

Check out our sample 4-color personality test team report to see what it includes. You'll find analysis of the 16 Personality Types in your team, the unique 4 color profiles of each member, and a selection of practical exercises and tips for your training or meetings. Plus, each team member receives their own individual 4-color personality test report. This comprehensive package is designed to provide deep insights and enhance your team's performance.

Sample page of the team report

How do the color test results help improve communication?

The outcomes of the color test are not a judgment but reveal something about personal behavioral preferences. There is no right or wrong. The model does give insight into the differences. Why does someone react the way they do? Why does something hit you harder? The model tells you how you communicate and how the other communication styles affect you. In addition, the 4-color model tells you how your communication style comes across to the other person (with their own color) and how you can better connect with your communication. With the 4-color test, you get to know each other and discover how you can communicate more effectively. It's also possible to use a 16 personality test to improve communication.

Recruitment or selection? Then use a Big Five Personality Test

Do you want to use a personality test for selection or recruitment of employees? Then use TestGroup's Big Five Personality Test. This test is scientifically developed and measures the five basic dimensions of personality. These five personality traits are Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Emotional Stability.

Video: 4 Color Team Workshop: do-it-yourself package

What are your team's goals? What are the areas for improvement, and how can motivation be strengthened? The Bridge Personality team workshop helps improve team performance. The do-it-yourself package contains all the materials needed to organize the workshop. Each team member receives their own Bridge Personality report, and the team gets a Bridge Personality team report. Start improving your team right away with the team workshop: the do-it-yourself package.

This is what our satisfied customers say about us

“For Young Group, the results of The Bridge Personality tests do not only provide insights into recruitment. They are also a guideline for the long term, both for the manager and for the development of the employee.”

Anne Huijgen

Young Group