Perfecting the balance of personalities in your staff team is crucial. While it may seem logical to hire people who have plenty in common with your existing employees, studies have shown that a mix of personalities works better than a group of like-minded individuals. But how can you know whether your next hire will slot neatly into your team, or unwittingly cause friction?
1) The team player
Team players love to collaborate and keep the peace; they will seek creative ways of working to bring a group together. They’re very aware of how others think and feel, and are careful listeners. But they can sometimes shy away from difficult decisions in order to avoid confrontation.
FLEXIBLE WORKING TIP: If you have a team player who would like to work flexibly, help them to stay connected to their team when they’re working remotely by introducing software such as Slack.
2) The conductor
Conductors are great at seeing the bigger picture, and how each team member’s skills can be applied to an action plan. Confident and clear-headed, conductors are naturals when it comes to taking control of a project. However, they might be tempted to create plans that delegate their own share of their work to others.
FLEXIBLE WORKING TIP: If you’re looking for someone to help you figure out how a flexible working/part-time schedule could work for your business, conductors will be able to help you create a seamless solution.
3) The analyser
Analysers come into their own once projects are nearing their end, as they’re well-suited to scrutinising work for mistakes and making sure everything’s perfect. They are committed to a job until every I is dotted and every T is crossed. But sometimes their perfectionism can go a little too far; they can become worried and reluctant to let others help with their workload.
FLEXIBLE WORKING TIP: Because of their natural need to focus on detail, they could benefit from flexible working hours to allow them to work remotely, giving them the peace and quiet they need to focus on the task in hand.
4) The creator
Creators dream big and think outside the box, always finding a fresh way to approach a problem. They’re great idea generators and don’t shy away from trying new things. However, creators can sometimes be absent-minded and overlook details.
FLEXIBLE WORKING TIP: Giving them the option of job-sharing can be a useful way to overcome any vagueness as they’ll have to make a habit of sharing the finer points of a project with someone else on a regular basis.
Next time you’re looking to hire someone new, consider which attributes you’d like to look out for in applicants that could make your staff team even stronger.
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