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Personality Types in the Workplace

Offices are a mosaic of colleagues that combine together to create a dynamic workforce. Despite their differences, they work together as one well-oiled machine when a common ground is found among their differences: teamwork. If they don’t, you’re headed for a disaster. Let’s take a glimpse at some of the prominent workplace personalities that can be found in the labyrinth of cubicles known as the office.

Newbie: Fresh-faced and ready to work.

The newbies (Millennials) are eager to make a difference and ready to conquer the world. Although they may require coaching and mentoring, once they’ve learned the ropes they’re ready for any challenges that come their way.

Groupie: Believes in your company and what you do.

They’re the ones dominating the social committees, carrying around a megaphone to motivate employees, and sharing company-wide emails about events in the community that you should be participating in. You can also find them belting out “Happy Birthday” at the top of their lungs while a candle-filled cake is sitting in front of you on the conference room table. They’re here for you and everyone else at the company, because they’re truly happy to be here.

Leader: Takes charge, leads teams to success.

These people are typically in management, and if they aren’t they are the ones on a team that tend to fit naturally more into a management/leader role where they take charge of discussions and facilitate other processes.

Do-er: Gets stuff done without questioning.

Similar to the floater personality, this type of employee will say “yes” but not contribute any feedback or try to change processes. They’re task takers and content plugging away without disruption until the clock strikes 5:00 pm, and then they’re out the door. The benefit of this type of employee is that they’re willing to get what is tasked to them done, and will do it without complaint.

Delegator: Passing tasks off to others.  

By delegating many of their tasks to others, this person has their eggs in many baskets aside from their own; however they still retain a few deliverables that they’re able to then focus on. Since others are assisting with tasks, the delegator will then manage the rest of the team to ensure items are done properly.

Do you know these personality types in your workplace? How do you manage multiple personality types? Managing your workforce comes down to figuring out which personalities mix well and what ones don’t, and when disagreements do happen how to deal with them properly. Teach the team to pick their battles, and enable them to listen to someone else’s opinions because combining multiple takes on a project or idea will often lead to a superior result. Team building is key and at the end of the day these associates make up one fully functioning company.

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