When personalities vary in the work place, it can affect the environment. It affects performance as well as interactions with your staff. Some personalities don’t work well in leadership roles, receptionist roles and independent roles. You should learn to recognize which personalities suit which job descriptions best to encourage better productivity and better morale.
The goal is to have high productivity and job satisfaction with your staff, and that can’t happen if they aren’t suited for the job they are in. If you recognize an extrovert, introvert, a strong work ethic or a detail-oriented person, you should examine whether their job descriptions work well with who they are. Here is a look at how these different type of personalities fit into the work place:
Strong Work Ethic
An employee with a strong work ethic makes their job a high priority to them. They aren’t there for the paycheck; they are there to make a difference and succeed in their career. Other employees might have a mediocre performance just so they can cash their paycheck. When you notice someone that stays late to the get the job done, arrives early to put in extra hours or that finds ways to more efficiently handle a project, you have someone with a strong work ethic. They don’t need as much management and oversight to handle the work. In fact, these personality types tend to feel boxed in or controlled with constant management. Consider this when hiring them for a position.
Extroverts vs. Introverts
When you find that someone works better when they are interacting with others, you may have an extrovert. This means that they find more energy in connecting with other people. By remaining in a quiet and individualized job, they will become bored and stagnant.
On the other hand, an introvert is going to feel drained when they are working with others too often – staff or customers. Find them a quiet job working individually to keep their productivity up. Put your extroverts in customer service and your introverts in a tech job behind a computer.
Do you have an employee that doesn’t always see the big picture but is very good at finalizing every single detail of the meeting you’ve scheduled for the week? They are the type that should handle projects for right now and they will handle them to the very smallest detail.
Leave the big picture thinking and company directions to those that are more creative and care less about details. Your employees with a detail-oriented mind are going to help with your organizing, record keeping and current projects that are taking place right now. Creative types are better at coming up with new ways of doing business, designing new products and marketing rather than handling everyday tasks and staying on budget.
If you have too many staff members that are the same, you’ll lack balance. If you have too many people that want to take risks, you’ll never have anyone to keep the office grounded and realistic.Too many realists may lack a cheerleader and someone to pep up the team. You need to keep your office motivated but you also don’t want to be overly enthusiastic and put the company at risk. Make sure you have different personalities that can motivate each other and offer a balance to help with productivity.
Lastly, make sure your team is composed of the six major personality types including energizers, cheerleaders, adventurers, drivers, stabilizers and perfectionists. This combination will make for success in projects and keep you heading in the right direction. You need a cheerleader to help with morale, a stabilizer to help with disagreements, a driver and energizer to keep everyone on task, an adventurer to help take a risk and a perfectionist to ensure it’s done correctly.
Use these tips and you’ll find you have an office of different personalities encouraging the rest of your team to get the work done well.