What a dream to have employees who all share your same goals and are willing to work hard to achieve them. But in my field of business consulting, I don’t often see this as the case. I have had many business owners express the difficulties they encounter managing employees to expand their business.
Some business owners have explained it away because of the COVID restrictions. I know, COVID restrictions put a burden on us all. But even with restrictions easing up, I still hear the same complaints from business owners – they are struggling to hire new employees and manage them.
Understanding the Different Types of Employees
To start with, it helps to understand the different types of employees that you may have. We will look at each type and how they affect your company.
1. The Performer
He knows where to go and what to do and pushes to get the job done. He takes full responsibility for his job and thereby helps the organization tremendously.
2. The Effective Doer
He may not be proficient at his job yet, but he has an immense willingness to work, learn, and improve. With correct guidance and training, he will be a future Performer.
3. Less Effective Doer
The Less Effective Doer is somewhat willing to help and do his job. However, his contribution is not making much difference to the overall result.
4. The Unpredictable Producer
This person goes up and down like a roller coaster. He may perform well one day and then not the next, or some days not even show up. His influence makes work harder and less predictable for others. He is a potential source of trouble because he is unpredictable. He cannot be counted upon to show up for work regularly and effectively do his job.
5. The Person Who Suppresses the Organization
This person is the one who does destructive acts against the organization but so well hides his deeds that he goes undetected. He usually wears an excellent “social” mask to convince others of his “good intentions.”
If he goes undetected, he will be very dangerous to the organization. For example, this could be a person who intentionally delays projects but blames others. Or, when customers keep coming in upset, if you dig, you will find this person connected with all the upsets in one way or another. They could even be stealing from the organization but hiding it through administrative paperwork. In consulting businesses, I’ve seen it all!
For a graphic demonstration of this, please watch the short video clip below produced by a dear friend of mine, Marten Runow, the owner of Performia based in Sweden. Just click on the picture below to watch.
Managing the Different Types of Employees
To manage a company, one must understand these different types of employees and how to deal with them.
To help businesses better understand the different types of employees, we produced a film called EMOTIONS IN THE WORKPLACE. This film goes into how emotions play a major role in running a business and managing employees.
Everyone learns sometime in life that certain emotions are acceptable to display in social situations such as work. For example, you have a prospective employee come in for a job interview. They are not likely to break down crying during the interview. During the interview, they display a “social” emotion. But sometime after hiring, the new hire will start to exhibit their “true” emotions. How do you see through this?
If you want to be a successful business owner or manager, watching this film and learning how emotions affect the workplace is a must. If you have not watched the movie, I invite you to watch the film’s trailer to understand what you can learn from the film. Just click on the picture below.
I wish you the best of success in 2022 in building and expanding your business. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or are interested in finding out more about how to flourish and prosper with your business.
All the best,
International Executive Technology