8 types of employees and what you can learn from them

Working with a lot of people inside a company or a large corporation has its advantages and disadvantages, but one of the best things is that you get to work with different types of personalities, learning from one another, exchanging opinions and thoughts and communicating. You have the chance to grow as a person by improving your skills and avoiding to make the same mistakes others did. Of course, such an environment offers you the possibility to observe human interactions and sometimes those interactions might be quite entertaining.

Let’s take a look on the main types of personalities found in a company, shall we?

-          The Rookie

Rookies are those who just started working in a company or who just started their first job. They are eager to please everyone, always ready to help, always alert, having tons of questions and constantly trying to fit in. Most likely they will find some sort of mentor, someone they look up to, basically the person they want to be some day (or simply put, they want their job some day in the future).

What to learn from them: remember how enthusiastic you were at the beginning? Try to regain that enthusiasm and the genuine joy you felt when you started a day at work. Working with pleasure and passion on projects can only improve the quality of your work.

-          The Evangelist

Those people give the impression they have no personal life what so ever. “Working overtime? No problem! “ . Sounds familiar? Evangelists promote the company no matter what, even if it’s not necessary, they never miss work events and they take offense if someone dares to say their job is not the best job in the world. You might like them if you’re the boss, but for other colleagues they’re quite annoying.

What to learn from them: some days are better than other at work, but that doesn’t mean you should start spreading all the things you have an issue with to others. You were the one who wanted to work here, so remember what made you decide apply for a job at the company in the first place.

-          The Individualist

These people do not work well in teams. They tend to be overambitious, always eager to prove they are the best at what they do and they prefer to take assignments on their own. Their jobs are also the most important for them and career accomplishments are the only ones that matter in their book. Socializing and small talk are not part of their agenda.

What to learn from them: a little ambition never hurt anyone. You just have to be careful not to exaggerate. Being ambitious means wanting to become better and having higher goals.

-          The Servant

Servants usually have higher positions inside a company of corporation but no one can tell how they manage to obtain them. Servants don’t have special talents or abilities, but they are manipulative and they know how to get people to do most of their work while taking the credits. Servants know how to flatter their superiors and how to take advantage of the individualists desire to achieve great things. Somehow, they know how to give the appearance they’re valuable assets to the company, but in fact no one would miss them if they were gone. They also tend to snitch others, so their colleagues are always careful what they do or say around them.

What to learn from them: opportunities come and go, so you should know when it’s time to take advantage on them before it’s too late and you’ll regret it.

-          The Handyman

These employees usually have only one talent or only one skill, but they are great workers if they’re well guided. If you assign them the tasks they’re good at, they will do the best work possible. If there are no extra-demands, they are happy to do the job, follow the orders and they keep their calm even in crisis situations because they know how to handle them.

What to learn from them: even if you’re not a genius, there must be one thing you’re good at, so try to do the best work you can and do. Don’t be afraid to tell what you are able to do and what not. Your superiors won’t hold it against you because it’s better to admit you can’t do a job than not doing it right.

-          The Perfectionist

Perfectionists want to do the best possible job, but not because of their ambition, but because it’s in their nature to see things only in black or white. They will not turn in a project if they’re not happy with their work and sometimes they refuse to take on a task if something’s unclear to them. You know they’ll do high quality work, but it’s hard to manage them because they rather quit their job before presenting a project they’re not happy with to a client.

What to learn from them: attention to details is important in any job, as long as you manage to do things on time for deadlines.

-          The Talented

Some people have a natural talent for the things required at the work place and that’s why they seem to do things so easy and quick. Talented people almost never realize how talented they are and get easily demotivated from negative feedback. Most of them are very likeable, work well in teams and are reliable and humble about their accomplishments.

What to learn from them: you should take pride on your results, after all it’s a matter of time and effort you put into your projects.

-          The John Doe

John Doe’s are employees who are there just for the income plain and simple. They are always preoccupied about the family, their hobbies and what to do when they go home. They don’t care much about the hierarchy, the overall company situation and they have no plans or goals for the future. Their results vary from excellent results to sluggish ones, according to their efforts.

What to learn from them: you shouldn’t think of your job only as of an income source. If you’re not happy with what you do, then go ahead and find something you actually like.

There you have it, the 8 types of people you find in a company or corporation. Tell us, do you recognize yourself in one of them? What other types are there?