6 Different Personality Types and How to Manage Them

There are many facets involved in a managerial position, yet few are more complex than learning to deal with the array of different employee personality types. And while every employee has qualities that make them individually unique (just like managers do), there are certain traits that can make an employee more manageable.

So which personality types are easiest to manage?

1. Sensors

One of the foremost traits of Sensors is their aptitude for coming up with solutions that are based on reliable information. Those that fall into the Sensors category are known for their passion for hard facts and data. This bodes well for managers that are willing to back up their decisions with verifiable information.

If you are a manager trying to introduce changes in the office, such as workday restructuring or personnel changes, Sensors are more likely to adhere to the plan, so long as they can be shown that there are sufficient reasons to make the adjustments.

2. Feelers

When it comes to teamwork and cooperation, there is no personality type that embraces these concepts like that of a Feeler. Feelers are particularly noted for their concern for the well-being of others, and they often go out of their way to ensure that their decisions do not negatively affect those around them.

The personality type of Feelers give them a natural tendency to follow directions from an authoritative figure, and this means gaining their support for decisions made by managers is typically easy. When dealing with Feelers, as a manager, it is important to show that, while you are in charge, you are also part of the team. In addition, with their team working capabilities, Feelers may be able to help sway the opinions of more skeptical employees.

3. Judgers

If you are a manager in a work environment that relies heavily on adhesion to structure, then employees with a Judger personality type can be valuable. Judgers are regarded for their by-the-book attitude, as they are prone to following the rules very closely. When you are a manager, a significant portion of your workday can be spent attempting to enforce rules and discipline those who refuse to abide by them.

By hiring workers with personality traits that resemble that of Judgers, managers can help reduce the chance that they will have to waste time reprimanding employees. Instead, the can-do attitude of Judgers can help to instil a similar mentality in co-workers, which could make for a more productive workforce.

4. Introverts

The term introvert can encompass a broad spectrum of personality types, however, they are specifically defined by their preference to work alone, often in seclusion, or in small groups. Those with an introverted personality type typically keep to themselves and cause little disruption in the workplace.

Of course, if you are a manager, having an employee that is willing to move in whichever direction is required of them, without complaint, can make the process of implementing changes run much smoother. In addition to keeping to themselves, introverts have an unhurried nature that prevents them from jumping to conclusions without the proper considerations.

5. Perceivers

Spontaneity is one of the characteristic traits of the personality type known as Perceivers, and along with this impulsiveness comes an ability to adapt that many other personality types lack. In the workplace, the ability to adapt is critical in maintaining a position and growing with the company. Therefore, Perceivers are apt to do whatever it takes to stay in the good graces of management.

However, this does not mean that Perceivers are simply followers, rather this ideology is a testament to their open-mindedness. From the perspective of a manager, an employee that is willing to give anything a try, in order to achieve success, can be a great asset.

6. Spirited

As the name suggests, those with Spirited personality types tend to take on their life, and their job, with an unabating zest. These employees are crucial in keeping the morale of coworkers at optimal levels, and their positive attitude can be infectious.

If you have ever been around someone with a Spirited outlook, you may have noticed that you started to feel the same way.

As a manager, staffing Spirited employees can be instrumental in portraying new ideas in a way that resonates with colleagues.

Every person has individual characteristics that makes them both an asset and a liability in the workplace. However, there are specific personality types that are easier to manage than others, and it is for this reason that employees should be chosen carefully. When considering candidates for a position, be sure to take the time to get a feel for their personality.

Look for those who pay close attention to facts, such as Sensors, or those that show a willingness to put their coworker’s feelings before their own, like that of a Feeler.

Similarly, pay attention to other traits that may show that they will be easy to manage, such as an introverted demeanor or a spirited outlook on life. By keeping these personality tips in mind, you are sure to have success finding employees that are easy to manage.

View this original posting on Recruit Loop.

The Digital Revolution

Our society is experiencing revolutionary change when it comes to the interaction of technology and business operations. Innovations come quickly and more frequently each year. As CEO Michael Dell said: “The pace of change has accelerated. Can you keep up? The future does not care if you are ready!”.

Today, endless information is right at our fingertips, and consumers demand information in real time. It is more important than ever that our information systems allow for real-time processing. This real-time processing allows for a new generation of analytics in which we can discover noncompliance and fraud more easily than before.

Companies such as Netflix and Airbnb have used existing and emerging technology to leapfrog the competition and disrupt well-established business models. With a triple threat offense, you can do the same and thus become a “Triple Threat” CIO.

Operations Intelligence: Reinforce and refine existing operations

  • Be able to adapt to change and new infrastructures to support on-demand efforts
  • Streamline processes to reduce inefficiencies
  • Adopt best practices
  • Be prepared to transform existing operations and business

Emerging Technology: Revitalize and reinvent business models

  • It is important that IT and business units work closely together
  • Think outside of the box to develop IT solutions
  • Leverage emerging technologies and the proliferation of new sensors and digital inputs

Strategic Partnership: Retrain and refresh talent and partnerships

  • Be prepared to work with other organizations to meet the demands of the digital age
  • Infuse new talent in critical and strategic roles to prepare for the new marketplace

 

This just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to evolving in the digital age. However, if you can get on board in these three areas, you are well on your way to a smooth integration of technology and business.

Do you want to simply survive in the new digital age? Or, do you want to compete and thrive? The choice is yours. To learn more about how to excel in these areas contact CEO Wheeler Coleman at wcoleman@ec-united.com.

Four Ways to Separate Work Life from Home Life

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I recently wrote about leaving work at work, and that got me to thinking about the separation between our work life and home life (or lack thereof).

All too often we find ourselves arriving home with work-related issues still fresh in our memory, and eradicating these stresses can be difficult. When we fail to leave work at work, it can lead to problems at home such as a distancing from loved ones and an overall lack of enjoyment for life.

However, there are steps that you can take to ensure that work issues do not negatively affect your life. If you’re like me and sometimes having difficulties separating the two environments, these suggestions might help you as well.

1. Stay Positive

Our mindset significantly affects the way we perceive stresses from the workplace, and therefore, staying positive is vital. One of the best ways to change the way we perceive our circumstances is to put goals in place and then focusing on achieving them. For example, if you find that your family life is suffering due to stresses at the office, make it a point to set aside time after work each day, where you can dedicate yourself to spending time with your children and spouse. Not only will this drastically improve your relationships, but it will also go a long way in ensuring you do not feel guilty while at work.

2. Talk to Friends

Sometimes the most effective way to rid ourselves of work-related stress is to talk through our issues. When you are driving home from a long day at the office, consider calling a close girlfriend to explain the problems that you are having. There is a chance that they will have faced similar obstacles at one point in their life, and they may be able to offer up some advice. Even if there is nothing particularly bothersome, simply hearing a familiar voice can be all it takes to put the workday out of your mind.

3. Work Within Your Means

It is no secret that climbing the corporate ladder often entails taking on added responsibilities around the office, which in turn, leads to an increased workload. And while moving up at work and making more money can both be beneficial, they can also cause work-related stress levels to rise. When striving for promotion, it is important to work within your means, so that you do not become burdened. Not only will taking on more than you can handle lead to more time spent at the office, but if you start to fall behind on deadlines and commitments, it can cause problems with management.

4. Stay Active

There is no doubt that work can be tiresome, and often we will use this as an excuse to go home and hit the couch. However, this is not good practice as it can prevent us from attending to other responsibilities. To help alleviate these thoughts, consider setting up an exercise regimen that can be put in place upon arriving home. This does not mean that you must rush to the gym as soon as the work bell has sounded. Instead, try going for a brisk walk or a short jog. While this will help you to stay healthy, the idea here is to keep moving and get the endorphins flowing. You may be surprised at how effective a bit of exercise can be in helping to forget about the workplace.

 

Lead a Fulfilled Life and Understanding What Success Means

There are a variety of techniques that you will want to consider when trying to relieve the stresses of the workplace. But it’s also important to understand what your personal idea of success is, as it can vary greatly from person to person.

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Source: https://hbr.org/2014/03/manage-your-work-manage-your-life

If you find yourself bringing work home, try to formulate a plan for staying active, and focus on spending more time with your family. In addition, take the time to enjoy the drive home by acting as a tourist or talking on the phone with friends.

Keeping these tips in mind will help you to separate work life from home life, ensuring you lead a more fulfilled life.

How to Effectively Leave Work at Work

It is no secret that concerns with work can take over our lives. After all, we depend on our job to pay the bills, feed our family, and create a better living situation.

But, all too often we find ourselves being consumed by work, even while we are at home. This can cause discontent among family members, while also increasing stress levels.

However, there are ways to effectively leave work at work.

We have listed eight of these below so that you can effectively incorporate them into your life today.

1. Change Your Mindset

If you are having trouble putting the workday behind you after you have left the office, then you should consider implementing ways to change your mindset.

While making the transition from work life to home life is not a simple as flipping a switch, with a bit of effort it can be accomplished.

One of the best ways to do this is to set goals that will help you to forget about work once you arrive home. For instance, if work is getting in the way of your family life, or you find that you are missing important events in your children’s lives, then set aside a block of time each day to spend with them, regardless of any pressing issues at the office.

As you adjust to this change you will soon find that leaving work at work will become more natural. In addition, making these changes can significantly increase the quality of life at home and strengthen relationships that may be suffering, which can only have a positive effect on your performance at work.

2. Use Humor

 

Laughter is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress, and this is also true when it comes to forgetting about work.

If you find yourself being consumed by work, try rehashing some of your favorite jokes, or visiting one of the many comedy themed websites that are designed to make you laugh. In addition to these methods, consider spending the night on the couch watching your favorite comedy movie. Not only will the movie provide unlimited laughs, it can help take your mind off work for a few hours, and by the end of the movie you may just forget about work altogether.

See our pages: Laughter Therapy as Stress Relief and Developing a Sense of Humor for more.

3. Enjoy the Drive Home

 

Chances are you do not pay much attention to your surrounding environment when driving to and from work.

After all, you have probably driven the route so many times that you feel that there is nothing new to see, and more often than not, you are more focused on other issues than sightseeing.

However, this may be causing you to miss some wonderful attractions and scenery.

When you are on your commute home, pretend that you are a tourist experiencing the area for the first time. Not only will this help you to discover places that you never knew existed, it will provide an adequate distraction from the stresses of the office.

4. Practice Meditation

There are few methods that are as powerful for taking your mind off work as practicing meditation.

If you have never considered meditation because you feel that you do not have the time, or you do not believe that it will make any difference in your life, then now is the time to start.

Meditating can be done almost anywhere, and it only takes a few minutes for your stresses to fade away. In fact, there are many people who will meditate while on break at their place of employment. If this is not an option, consider setting aside 15 minutes when you arrive home from the office, and use this time to calm your body and eradicate any concerns about work.

Our pages on Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques have more on meditation.

5. Proper Preparation

A major cause of work-related stress is the feeling of being overwhelmed due to a lack of preparation.

You may find yourself putting off certain tasks with the intention of working on them at a later time, but this way of handling your workload often causes additional stress. To ensure that this does not happen, it is important to plan ahead and accomplish tasks as they come to you so that you do not get backed up with work. If your workload becomes too much, you may want to consider discussing it with your employer to see if there are any changes that can be made to alleviate some of the burden.

6. Don’t Over Do It

It can be easy to get over involved at work by trying to go above and beyond in order to please others. While it is important to give your all so that you can succeed, this does not mean that you must solve all the problems within your department.

Instead, focus on the workload that is required, and only after you have accomplished this, then, if there is time, you can move on to additional tasks.

However, once the workday has ended it is important you stop worrying about these tasks and start on them when you return to the office.

7. Phone a Friend

We often forget that there are other people with problems and not just ourselves.

Often, friends will be experiencing the same issues with their jobs, and talking with them is a great way to provide relief for both parties.

When you are leaving the office, make it a point to call one of your close friends and tell them what is on your mind. Of course, it is important to talk with family as well, but friends can provide a different perspective on things.

8. Try Venting

There are times when talking problems through with others will not suffice. In these circumstances, venting out loud while commuting home can help to free your mind.

Sometimes all that it takes is hearing yourself complain to help alleviate work-related issues. This does not mean that you need to scream at the steering wheel as you weave in and out of traffic, but instead speak in a firm manner as if explaining your problems to a counselor. You may be surprised at the relief this provides; just be careful not to go overboard.

In Conclusion

The workplace can be very demanding and the stresses that come along with it can easily make their way into our lives at home. If you feel this is happening to you, consider some ways that will help relieve these issues, such as changing your mindset and talking problems over with friends. In addition, use the commute from work as a way of winding down prior to arriving home.

By keeping these tips in mind you will be able to effectively leave work at work.

Creative Ways Companies Segment Workers by Personality Type

There are many different personality types working at a company at any one time, and there is no magic bullet that helps us successfully manage them all in the same way. Different personality types require different ways of managing them.

Expert managers recognize this and have learned exactly how to get the best out of each member of their team, harnessing their strengths while ensuring their weaknesses don’t have a dampening effect on productivity.

Let’s take a look at creative ways companies segment workers by personality type:

Extroverts

Extroverts are chatty workers who love to get involved with the action. They’re full of ideas, and they’re always looking for fresh ways they can collaborate and interact with others.

Extroverts are your key players when it comes to brainstorming sessions. They’ve got ideas, and they’re not afraid to voice them. It’s important that you encourage an open and communicative atmosphere so they can thrive.

The last thing you want is for them to totally shut down! Provide them with outlets that are focused, and which ensure they engage their team members.

Introverts

Introverts aren’t as vocal as extroverts, but they’re just as necessary to the success of a company. Moreover, they can produce great ideas, even if they’re not always willing to voice them in an open forum.

Getting the best out of an introvert is tricky because they’re often quiet, reserved and insular. It’s important that you don’t make them feel uncomfortable by segmenting them wrongly. Creative companies tend to provide introverts with quiet spaces in the office, where they are free to be productive and develop their ideas.

Introverts need some alone time. Otherwise, they may get stressed or overwhelmed quickly.

The Doers And Go-Getters

In a typical office environment there will always be those who take action more than anyone else. These are the “doers.” They are ambitious and have tremendous work ethic. They are hard to intimidate and will hit the ground running in order to meet a goal, taking chances against all odds.

Doers are workhorses who love to get things done. Companies who know how to get the best out of this type of personality make sure that they always provide them with a sense of direction, letting them know exactly where the company is headed.

It’s also important to provide them with the tools that will help them to stay on track. Try putting them in an area of the office where there are fewer distractions (perhaps move them further from those they are close to and are a bit too social with), or use a productivity app, such as Evernote so that they can stay organized.

Companies who understand that doers work great with “thinkers” will be a step ahead, as the two personalities balance each other out.

Thinkers

Thinkers are the kind of workers who really dig metrics and analytics. They’re the whizz-kids who love to tackle the problems that others shy away from. They don’t mind dealing with numbers, and they’re detail-oriented. Thinkers love getting to know a topic inside-out and are super useful on any team. If you need some knowledge on a particular issue, the chances are they can help you out.

Their ability to concentrate and focus is more marked than that of all other personality types. Every company should utilize this, as their ability to grasp emerging patterns is beneficial.

Thinkers often have a lot of fear when it comes to moving into the unknown, tending to wait for the opportunity to happen rather than go after it. This is a great example of when teaming a thinker with a doer will produce positive results.

If you want to achieve continuous growth within your company, it is essential that you learn these personality types and how to accommodate them accordingly within your daily work environment. This will bring out the best in your employees and help them reach their fullest potential within their roles, ensuring you retain your most talented staff.