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Motivate these 5 types of employees

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You likely manage several types of personality types that all bring their own unique skills and attitudes to the job. While that diversity is hugely beneficial, it can also be difficult to figure out how to motivate so many unique individuals.

Follow this advice to motivate these five workplace types:

  • Experts. Their specialized knowledge is critical to your team. Keep them fired up by offering them training, coaching and personal development opportunities that lead to recognition and promotions. Additionally, create ambitious targets and offer them opportunities to share their expertise.
  • Stability-seekers. These loyal, hard workers need predictability and security. Without a set routine and career path, they feel lost. The key to keeping them motivated is to create that stability as best you can, and when inevitable changes do occur, communicate regularly and often so that they don’t feel blindsided by any decision or plan.
  • Free spirits. Their creative natures and outside-the-box thinking drive innovation. Don’t box them in with rules and strict procedures. While you need to provide them with a vision and goals, offer them some autonomy and freedom.
  • Directors. They naturally step into leadership roles and influence others. While they shouldn’t overstep their bounds, you can foster their leadership skills by offering them visible opportunities to be responsible for people and resources.
  • Friends. They’re best at rallying the group and building relationships, so they can ease tension and unify the team. They crave belonging, social interaction and a people-centered culture. To motivate them, ask for their advice, involve them in decision-making, and defend them publicly to show your support.

— Adapted from “The 9 Types of Employees and How to Motivate Them,” Carole Gaskell, The Guardian, www.theguardian.com.

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