The best entrepreneurs create increase employee engagement, and that makes teams more productive. So, the more entrepreneurs understand about personality, and the different personality types on their teams, the easier it becomes to engage and inspire team members.
The first thing to look for when searching for a great employee is somebody with a personality that fits with your company culture. Most skills can be learned, but it is difficult to train people on their personality. If you find people who are fun, friendly, caring and love helping others, you are a winner.
“Hire character, Train Skills.” – Peter Schutz
In the below “humorous” video we will be seeing the different types of employees
- The Sarcastic
- The Devdas
- The Day dreamer
- The Sleeper
- The Gorilla
The video showcased the different types of employees in a humorous way.
I can hear you now: “OK, I get it. Personality testing can help me understand my employees. Great. But what do I look for? How does knowing my employees’ personalities help me be a better entrepreneur?”
Simply put, it helps you find out the best ways to motivate your employees and keep them engaged.
- Understand that lifestyle is a big factor when it comes to your employees’ success In the Briggs Myers world
- Judgers typically take a structured, more organized approach to life
- provide opportunities at work that will engage these personality traits
- Consider assigning the Judgers on your team assignments that involve project management and strategic planning in order to keep them engaged and satisfied at work
- Perceivers are characterized by their flexible, spontaneous approach to how they live their lives
- Take the time to discuss the issues your Perceivers are having in the office.
- If they feel like they aren’t getting a shot at leadership roles, inform them of upcoming leadership opportunities and what they can do to get them.
- If they are struggling with deadlines, consider starting a status update system to keep them on track. In the end, the extra work may lead to greater success and higher job satisfaction.
- Energy style impacts success and job satisfaction
- Managers should encourage discussion and open communication between teammates to engage Extraverts, but be sure to focus the discussion on work issues and client challenges.
- Providing focused outlets for Extraverts to interact with other team members will allow them to recharge and keep productivity at high levels
- For Introverts, managers need to provide quiet spaces to work. Whether it’s an assigned “quiet work” conference room or offices where Introverts can shut the door to get some alone time, providing a quiet space for Introverts to retreat to when they are overwhelmed will increase their productivity and keep them from getting burned out
- Decision-making style affects employee satisfaction
- Thinkers, who are more focused on outward signs of success (salary, title, etc.), tend to be less satisfied with their work.
- good managers will establish goals for Thinkers that relate to their metrics for success, but also challenge them to consider other measures of achievement in the office
- Feelers’ tendency to focus on jobs that match up with their personal values and affect others positively makes enjoying their work easier
- Rather than just telling Feelers “good job,” managers should find ways to show Feelers how their actions contribute to the company’s goals and reflect its values
Getting the most out of your team
Take a look at the personalities in your office and find creative ways to engage their different personality styles for success. After all, managing the different personalities in your office more efficiently, even though they are just the tip of the iceberg, can help build better team engagement, increase productivity, and result in more satisfied employees
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Ref: Molly owns, “6 personalities in every office – and how to manage them” 2015, The Next Web