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How to Manage Different Employee Types

Experienced managers know that there’s not one management style that works for every employee type. A style that motivates one may have the opposite effect on another.

Good managers increase employee engagement, create productive and engaging work environments. So, how do you become a good manager? What do these good managers know about their teams that others don’t know?


Managers need to understand each team player’s personality and the different personality types. Being aware of the nature, character and behaviors will make it easier to connect with and stimulate your team.

Learn which personalities clash with the others and how to manage them. Good managers, will want to understand what motivates each team member, what drives them to be success, enabling them to create the most productive and effective work environment.


Integrate personality testing and personality type education into your office’s talent management strategy.

Ask your employees to take an online personality tests. Select a trustworthy personality assessment, once employees take the test ask them to print the results and organise a professional development session on how personality affects the workplace dynamic. As a result, each employee will learn more about themselves, and managers will be able to find out what motivates the people in your organisation.

There are many other resources available for managers to learn more on how to recognise the personalities in your team. The internet is full of information on the different types of personality assessments, personality types and personality analysis tools that are out there, so before making any decisions, take the time to do some research online.

Main personality types of employees include:

Judger –Trait of judgers are: ambitious, determined, strong-minded, go-getter, pushy, organised, influential and decisive. A judgers work-space will most likely be filled with calendars, checklists, to-do lists, schedules, and reminders of deadlines.

Perceiver – Perceiving employee types are generally more easy-going, broad-minded, adaptable and impulsive. Perceivers are more flexible to change and tend to respond well to unpredictable work scenarios.

Extrovert – Traits and behaviors are often lively spirited, sociable, active, energetic, quick-witted, and clever. Extraverts are continuously seeking opportunities to interact with their colleagues. Within work, extraverts thrive on working in teams and brainstorming with co-workers.

Introvert – Introverts personalities are more reserved, considerate, helpful, thoughtful, focused and dedicated to their job and task at hand. Within the office they tend to separate themselves as they thrive and flourish when they work on their own.

Thinker – This type is logical, analytical, objective, questioning, rational, subjective and tough-minded employees that love to know the ins, outs and every detail. They are the dot your I and cross your T type. Normally these employees aim on learning as much as they can about a specific topic and always looking for ways to add to their skills and build their knowledge.

Feeler – These employees are the compassionate, considerate, empathetic, and supportive to employees who are looking for ways to impact others’ lives through their work. Feelers are distinguished by their ability to dig into a project or proposal and offer views based on different motivations, not just the facts.


Simply put, it helps managers find the best ways to motivate employees and keep them engaged.

Within your office, you will have a combination of judgers and perceivers to manage. Listed are some tactics for managing both personalities to make certain a balanced and productive work place:

Judgers – Organisation is key to judgers satisfaction. Managers can offer opportunities on assignments that involve project management and strategic planning, in order to keep them engaged and satisfied at work.

Perceivers – Dedicate time to discuss the issues perceivers are having as this is key to their satisfaction. Employees wanting an opportunity at leadership roles, inform them of upcoming leadership opportunities and guide towards obtaining their goal. Employees struggling with tasks and deadlines, consider starting a status update system to keep them on track.

Teams are also made up of extraverts or introverts, therefore it’s vital that managers understand how to get the most out of each energy style and to help them work together more efficiently.

Extraverts – Managers ought to promote open communication between team mates to involve extraverts, focus discussions on work and customer related issues and challenges. Providing focused outlets for extraverts to interact with other co-workers will allow them to keep productivity at high levels.

Introverts – Managers should provide quiet spaces to work. Assigned a break out area such as conference room where introverts can go to retreat in a quiet space when they may feel overwhelmed, this will increase their productivity and keep them from getting burned out.

Managers need to understand the motivations of thinkers and feelers in order to make both personality types successful:

Thinkers – This type seem to think they know what makes them happy and motivated at work. However, managers mainly ensure they are happy at work by periodically checking on them, continuously establishing goals so thinkers can get stuck into projects and overcome challenges faced and measure results in order to succeed.

Feelers – Theses employees want to know that they are making a difference. Yes, managers can verbally show appreciation and tell them “well done” on a good job. Managers need to find ways to convey to feelers how their actions add to the company’s goals and reflect its values.


Getting the most out of your team is a question of finding the motivations of different team members and balancing one personality against another.

Look at the personalities in your work and find creative ways to engage their different personality styles for success. Managing the different personalities in your office more efficiently, can help build better team engagement, increase productivity, and result in more satisfied employees. Remember your team are the lifeblood of your business. Happy employee results in a productive, successful and thriving business.

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