Common types of employee and how to manage them

about 2 years ago by Daniel Stargatt
The five types of employee and how to manage them

Managing people and teams can be challenging. The beauty of having a diverse mix of people and personalities in your team is that you will be open to new ideas, ways of working and no doubt a variety of skill sets. This is hugely beneficial but it can often mean that you need to tailor your management style for each member.  

Now we’re not saying that you need to completely change your style for every member of your team but it is important to understand what makes each member tick, so you can fully engage them. It is thought that an engaged employee is 50% more likely to exceed their performance targets... so worth the extra effort! 

So with that in mind it’s a good idea to take a step back and consider how you’re currently managing your team and what improvements you could make to get your team more engaged.

In this article we discuss the five most common types of employee and offer some tips on how to manage them to get the best out of them for your business….

The Creator

This person is motivated by moving things forward, generating ideas and continuously trying to make processes better and more efficient. This person will never stop until they are completely satisfied that they have the best idea or solution possible. 

Although you and the rest of your team may get a little annoyed because of the knock-on impact their ideas and tweaks may have, remember they are trying to make what you do and how you do it the best, so embrace it and reward innovation.

The key is to include them in meetings where ideas are being discussed, ensure they feel free to create but put deadlines in place. A deadline is a good way to show you support them and their creative thinking but they know that they have to focus and not get distracted from delivering whatever it is they are working on.

The Shining Star

This person is on a mission to be the best and work with the best. A great person to have in your business as they will not only deliver, but will help motivate others around them. They will make mistakes but it’s your job to guide them through, learn from them and bounce back even stronger and better at their job.   

The key is to get them involved in projects and ensure they are getting all the training and opportunities available. This is your opportunity to help this person progress up the ranks and become a future leader for your business.

The Committed

This person is fiercely committed to their job and the business, you can count on them to deliver every time and exceed their goals. However, don’t let their commitment fool you. You still have work on your hands.

A lot of managers think that having a really committed member of their team means less management, as they will just get on with the project… wrong. They still need to know they are valued, they still need to know they have opportunities to progress and they still need to know that their work is not going unnoticed. Don’t make the mistake of leaving them to get on with it. Keep them happy and hungry and make sure a competitor doesn’t come in and whisk them off with a bigger and better offer.

The Confidence Lacker

This person can be so frustrating in a positive way. They are highly capable and skilled but they just lack confidence. This person will need a little more love and attention. The key is to make sure that when they deliver good work you let them know. After a while of you telling them they are doing a great job they will start to gain more confidence and you won’t need to spend as much time with them… but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to ever congratulate them again.

Check in every week and make sure they are confident in what they are doing and by doing this you will truly engage this person and be rewarded with loyalty.

The Millennial

The Millennial…. no doubt you are still trying to fully understand what drives and motivates them. It’s important to understand that most millennials seek leadership, guidance and structure. They want to know exactly what they need to do and how to progress in your business.

This may sound like they need to be hand held but this isn’t the case. They just need to be guided and to know that they are adding value to the team and wider business. Regular catch ups are key and offer varied work so they don’t get bored.

We hope you found this article interesting and we have helped you identify certain personalities in your business and how to get the best out of them.

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