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16 Types Of Employees & How To Motivate Them

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Want to understand your employees better? Want to tailor your motivation tactics to keep everyone working at 100 percent? The answer is simple: learn which types of employees are on your team.

No, we’re not talking nationality, age, gender, experience, and the like (that’s more about diversity). When we refer to “type” in this case, we’re referring to dominant personality traits. So how can you identify the types of employees in your business? The management experts at Sling are here to help.

In this article, we’ll show you 16 personality types based on the research of Carl Jung and Isabel Briggs Myers and tell you how to motivate each.

16 Types Of Employees & How To Motivate Them

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Before we begin, it’s essential to clarify that the names for these types do not necessarily indicate the job the employees must hold. Instead of trying to line up personality types with job titles, focus on the types of employees on your team and learn how to motivate each.

1) Architect (INTJ)

Architects are strategic thinkers who stick to the facts and are most comfortable when they make a plan and follow it step by step.

Motivate Architects by giving them opportunities to work on their own on long-range projects.

2) Inventor (INTP)

Inventors enjoy theories and ideas. Their biggest passion is turning those theories and ideas into reality. Inventors have little desire to lead and will only follow others if it’s in their own best interest.

Motivate Inventors by giving them the opportunity to be creative and to come up with something completely new.

3) Commander (ENTJ)

One of the types of employees

Commanders are driven, assertive, and outspoken. They prize efficiency and organization above all else and know how to find solutions to complex problems.

Motivate Commanders by giving them opportunities to lead. It doesn’t even have to be leading others at first. Commanders often excel at public speaking, so it can be something as simple as giving those types of employees the chance to make a presentation.

4) Visionary (ENTP)

Visionaries get very excited about new projects but then lose interest in the routine aspects of seeing the project to completion. Visionaries are often vigorous debaters and may get carried away with always being right.

Motivate Visionaries by telling them it can’t be done (they’ll want to prove your wrong). Then step back and give them free reign to solve the problem.

5) Advocate (INFJ)

Advocates often serve as the protector within a group. They are extremely intuitive and concerned about the feelings of others.

Motivate Advocates by showing them how their jobs benefit others and then challenging them to find a way to help.

6) Mediator (INFP)

Motivation for all types of employees

Mediators are interested in serving humanity rather than themselves and are more concerned with personal growth than external rewards. They’re loyal, adaptable, and laid-back.

Motivate Mediators by tapping into their creative mind and then pushing them to find an alternative approach to the problem.

7) Leader (ENFJ)

Leaders exhibit outstanding people skills and are often externally focused with a real concern for how others think and feel. Their primary motivation is serving others.

Motivate Leaders by letting them work with others whenever possible. Show them how their work affects the lives of those around them.

8) Free Spirit (ENFP)

Free spirit type of employee

Free Spirits are open-minded, enthusiastic, flexible, and creative. They often have a broad range of interests and abilities and are excited by new ideas (but bored with details).

Motivate Free Spirits by helping them see how what they do matters and makes a difference. Listen to their feelings and concerns, and then allow them to find their own way to achieve an objective.

9) Inspector (ISTJ)

Inspectors are thorough and responsible with a well-developed ability to concentrate. They are typically interested in upholding established systems rather than creating new ones.

Motivate Inspectors by helping them see that they have a big responsibility in making the project a success.

10) Protector (ISFJ)

Protectors are quiet, kind, and perceptive of others’ feelings. They are stable, practical, and value traditions or novel systems.

Motivate Protectors by showing them that you are relying on them to get the job done and that you trust they will do their best.

11) Administrator (ESTJ)

Administrator category of the types of employees

Administrators are not interested in theory or abstract ideas unless they can see how it applies to the task at hand. Administrators are practical, organized, and like to be in charge.

Motivate Administrators by encouraging them to take on managerial roles and responsibilities. In the short-term, give them a list of clear, tangible outcomes so they can see what they have to do.

12) Provider (ESFJ)

Providers are warm-hearted with a strong sense of responsibility and duty toward others. They are often the caregivers in the group.

Motivate Providers by showing them how their job will improve the circumstances of others. In the job itself, provide plenty of structure and organization so they can see their way through to the end.

13) Experimenter (ISTP)

Experimenters are interested in how and why things work and are good at finding solutions to practical problems.

Motivate Experimenters by challenging them to find a quicker, better way to improve the system or get the job done.

14) Artist (ISFP)

Artists are always ready to explore and experience something new. They do not like conflict and are more focused on enjoying the present moment rather than looking to the future.

Motivate Artists by encouraging them to be creative.

15) Entrepreneur (ESTP)

Entrepreneurs are the action-oriented people in the group. They don’t need long explanations but would rather just get right to work.

Motivate Entrepreneurs by focusing on immediate results. With an Entrepreneur, it’s pretty much about giving them a challenge and then letting them go.

16) Entertainer (ESFP)

Entertainers live for the moment. Their enjoyment is contagious and makes things more fun for others. Entertainers are people-oriented with well-developed common sense and practical skills.

Motivate Entertainers by highlighting the fun of the task and the rewards that completing it will bring.

Use These Personality Types To Improve Your Team

The purpose of identifying the types of employees on your team is not to discriminate — remember, it takes all kinds to be successful.

Use this information to get your employees working on jobs that are a fit for their personality type and to find new ways to motivate your team. When you do that, you’re on your way to making your business the best it can be.

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