The Nine Domains of an Ideal Workplace

The Enneagram can be used for understanding whole teams and organisations, irrespective of the individual Enneagram personality types.

First Domain


The Ideal Workplace provides clear and reasonable expectations and keeps explicit and implicit agreements. Employees are encouraged to be responsible, self-disciplined, and conscientious and to work with a minimum of supervision. Work is clearly for a “higher good,” or is at least something employees personally believe in and respect.

Key values: truthfulness, fairness.

Second Domain

Personal Concern

The Ideal Workplace instils a palpable sense that employees and clients are cared for and nurtured appropriately and consistently. The workplace is emotionally nurturing, warm, sympathetic, and encouraging, interested in helping others internally and externally.

Key values: thoughtfulness, emotional connection.

Third Domain


The Ideal Workplace encourages employees to improve themselves and their skills, acknowledging hard work and personal excellence, allowing employees to feel valued and valuable. Contributions are noticed regularly and rewarded in concrete ways.

Key values: self-improvement, competency.

Fourth Domain


The Ideal Workplace allows personal freedom of expression, verbally and non-verbally, so that employees feel free to bring something personal and meaningful to their work. Expressions reflect human diversity and the need to be an individual within a larger group. Key values: creativity, emotional authenticity.
Fifth Domain


The Ideal Workplace supports free-ranging thought and experimentation, including time and resources which may not pay off pragmatically in the short term. It encourages innovation and the questioning of old approaches, thereby staying “ahead of the curve” of ever-changing external conditions. The Ideal Workplace does not rely on old answers to new problems. Key values: originality, curiosity.
Sixth Domain

Social Support

The Ideal Workplace maintains a reliable feeling of support for employees, management, and clients—proof (in tangible ways) that people are not alone, and that they are supported by the strength and assets of the organization itself. There is a feeling of trust and commitment both horizontally and vertically in the organisation.

Key values: reliability, responsibility to others.

Seventh Domain


The Ideal Workplace is a place of positive energy, enthusiasm for the work one is doing, and for the pleasure of interacting with one’s co-workers. The organization encourages meaningful, well-thought out change and the creation of new products. Employees do not feel “boxed in” in any way. Key values: spontaneity, openness.
Eighth Domain


The Ideal Workplace encourages the empowerment of individuals, teams, and of everyone in the workplace as a whole. Hence, it also expects that everyone act responsibly and will accept the consequences of their actions. Independence, self-assertion, and the willingness to fight for what one believes in is essential in an ideal workplace.

Key values: confidence, vision.

Ninth Domain


The Ideal Workplace is able to resolve tensions created by conflicts between employees, teams, and changing market conditions. It is able to neutralize anxieties by creating and sustaining an atmosphere of stability, openness, transparency, and reassurance for everyone. It is peaceful but engaged, dynamic but not frantic or imbalanced in any way. Key Values: Groundedness, Balance