Motivating different types of employees

December 5, 2017 Caitlin Leishman

As a leader, you want your staff to be able to perform at their full potential. Understanding those who work for you and how to motivate them is key to having employees that achieve their goals. It’s also important when creating an effective team environment and fostering the right culture. However, everyone has different motivators, and success and happiness is determined by whether your individual motivators are being met. By understanding each motivational type you will be able to more effectively adapt your leadership style and engage employees to succeed in their roles.

Highly engaged employees are more likely to achieve their performance targets. It’s rarely as simple as just giving employees a raise. One of the biggest motivators is being able to see progress in your work, so when managers facilitate progress it positively influences their employees, and creates a positive cycle of motivating and achieving.

Now, let’s get into some of the different types of employees:

  1. The friend/provider

This type of employee is motivated when they feel supported and involved, and they enjoy making fulfilling work relationships. These employees are eager to please and prefer a cooperative teamwork environment. Some of the best ways to motivate this type of individual include: showing how the task will benefit someone else, asking their opinion, and involving them in social events.

  1. The defender/inspector

This type of employee is motivated when they feel they are in a stable, well-established organization and have set routines and a clear career path. They tend to be eager to understand how they can participate in upholding company standards. Some of the best ways to motivate this type of individual include: creating detailed action plans where they are a key player, communicating expectations in writing, and linking goal achievement to rewards.

  1. The star/performer

This type of employee is motivated when they have perks that are linked to their position, and achieve recognition and esteem from a hierarchy. They like to be the center of attention, and set ambitious goals and targets. Some of the best ways to motivate this type of individual include: regularly providing clear career progression and target reviews, allowing them to take charge of situations, and rewarding them publicly for achieving targets.

  1. The creator/visionary

This type of employee is motivated by creativity and change, problem solving, cutting-edge projects, and challenging targets. They love to challenge the status quo, analyze, and understand situations. Some of the best ways to motivate this type of individual include: encouraging an unstructured approach to tasks, avoiding routine roles, and providing a stimulating office environment.

  1. The director/supervisor

This type of employee is motivated by influence and control over people and resources, enjoying leadership and management roles that have good career prospects. They are hardworking and love to implement regulations, but are also conscientious of others. Some of the best ways to motivate this type of individual include: using a mentor/mentee system to give them more opportunities, training them for leadership roles, and giving them a list of clear outcomes for a project.

Competencies can help you address the challenge of motivating a variety of performers by supporting a cycle of activities that include providing detailed definitions of the abilities, skills, motivations, knowledge, and traits that top performers demonstrate on the job. When your organization defines high performance clearly and gives managers the tools to provide top performers with continuous feedback and recognition, it enables those valuable employees to hone their job performance, become better mentors to others, and start replicating their impact across the organization.

To learn more about improving engagement in your workplace, and how competencies can help, contact one of our experts today

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