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11 types of employees in companies

Last time I posted about types of companies in Romania so it was only a matter of time to post about types of employees that work for these companies.

I identified 11 types of employees and I would like to share them with you:

“Lightning” Employee – usually, this is the new employee, without previous work experience, who believes that sky is the limit. He wants to grow, to accumulate, is curious and makes a lot of mistakes due to superficiality and assumptions. He is the type of employee that can bring a plus with his energy but, in the same time, he can frustrate old employees. If guided correctly, he can grow and help the company.

“Invisible” Employee – he is the average employee with low communication skills. Generally, he does what he is told and does not innovate. His competence level is low and he is a low contributor for the company results. His tasks are secondary and low importance but doesn't want to assume too much either. When told that he has a low productivity, he confirms but does nothing about it.

“Mysterious” Employee – he is the employee that doesn't stand out from the crowd until he has an amazing technical achievement. He is highly intelligent and he expresses it through amazingly smart solutions to old problems. Acknowledging technical achievements is essential for him and is the main motivation driver to continue in the company. Also, it is very important to assure a sort of intimacy vital for his success. If guided correctly, he can grow his communication to a decent level to become a top performer in the company.

“Traveller” Employee – he is the employee that considers he is growing when changing companies. He is the type of employee always in search for the perfect company to work for. He can bring low term value but he can also be very superficial or disinterested. Usually, he doesn’t stay more than 6 month with a company so the company is not recovering its investment of training and integration.

“Slippery” Employee – he is the employee with different levels of work experience. He can be a new employee with a positive first impact and then to start speculating the procedure ore reviews errors, or, he can be an experienced worker who is an expert in proving that his work is valuable and underappreciated. This employee does as little as possible so it cannot be proven that he is a low performer. He knows the system very well and is an expert in managing reviews. When his manager is junior he is in a comfort zone as he knows his manager doesn’t have the expertise or courage to confront him. Usually, you can find this employee in large multinationals where he likes to be lost in the crowd for several years, being moved from a team to another in order to help him integrate.

“Good-Job” Employee – he is the employee that does a good jobJ. He respects the working hours, the colleagues, delivers in time and with a good quality, he is loyal and trustworthy. He is the employee that is appreciated by everybody as it doesn’t cause problems and delivers. He is the employee that everybody wants in his team. This employee grows his skills in time until he cannot or doesn’t want it anymore. When reaching his limits, he stops and remains constant for a long period of time. It is ideal to have the main majority of your employees of this type.

The negativistic” Employee – he is the employee that has the technical expertise but he is always negativistic. He can deliver great results but affects the other employees with his complaints and whining. You don’t want this employee close to your motivated or junior employees because it has the power to badly influence them. This employee can be the evolution of the “Slippery” or the “Invisible” Employee.

“Mr. Perfect” Employee –he is the employee that is motivated, passionate, greatly focused with amazing results. This employee is aware of his skills and assumes more and more tasks and responsibilities. This employee is one of the main engines for the company and is dedicated to success. Warning! The more this employee will gain expertise, the more challenges you will need to find him. That, of course, next to the salary package and benefits that will make him feel appreciated. Warning #2! Public recognition is also necessary, he needs to be mentioned as a reference for the company.

Busy” Employee – he is the employee that seems to be always busy. He has a lot of meetings, his desk is full of papers and files and his facial expression is always focused. He is not the most efficient employee, his results are not spectacular but he usually sticks next to successful people and assumes part of the success. This employee is a time waster as he likes to make a lot of meetings without action plans or palpable results. He also likes to hear him talk.

“Career” Employee – he is the employee who is motivated by the position in the company. If needed, he lies, steals and manipulates, all for a promotion. This employee rises up to a point on his own strengths, until he reaches the limits of his competences. After that, he uses different other methods to reach a higher position within the company. He assumes other people results or points fingers when problems to look good in front of his managers. This is by far the most dangerous type of employee that can destabilize an entire company with his egotistic behavior.

“Leader” Employee – he is the employee which is recognized to have the most influence in a team or a department. In a healthy organization, this is also the formal leader. His influence is earned through work, respect, connecting people and results. The “Mr. Perfect” Employee can be “Leader” Employee, the difference between the two being that the “Leader” does not like to stand out from the crowd. He is usually motivated by helping the people deal with their problems.

Someone asked me how would my perfect team look like and I said: Lightning, Mysterious, Good-Job, Mr. Perfect and Leader, in variable proportions. Of course, this would be the ideal team but I would also accept some small defects from the other categories as not even Mr. Perfect can be PERFECT!

Which category do you find yourself now?

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