Types of Employees You’ll Encounter at Work

Working with a team can be challenging; you’ll have to deal with employees of different personality types, with each having its own effective ways to be motivated. A diverse workforce can especially be seen in teams consisting of employees with different roles such as in MicroCreatives – we are composed of diverse and well-rounded creative individuals including graphic designers, web developers, copywriters, and animators.


This infographic by Headway Capital shows six types of employees you may encounter at work and the methods to motivate each. The infographic serves as good reference not only to leaders who are managing a diverse workforce, but also to all members of the staff in order to work well with each other. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) served as the basis for the personality types.


The Healer (INFP)

Healers are known for being imaginative idealists, often guided by their personal core values. Also, Healers are often highly concerned with their own growth as well as others. When motivating Healers be sure to tell them a task needs to be done uniquely to make their creative minds work, and to find an alternative angle or a unique solution that hasn’t been thought of before.


The Visionary (ENTP)

Visionaries are often the ones who want to analyze, understand, and influence others, especially through intellectual discourse. Visionaries also enjoy challenging ideas; the best way to motivate them would be to reverse psychologize them and assign them a task that seems impossible to be done. Their love of challenge will motivate them to prove you wrong. Furthermore, avoid limiting the resourcefulness of a Visionary by allowing them to approach tasks with no structures.


The Provider (ESFJ)

Providers are always concerned of everyone’s welfare. Always the cooperative ones, Providers make sure to please their workmates and ensure a harmonious environment. Providers will be motivated when they know how a task will benefit others’ circumstances. A structural and organized approach in completing tasks also works best for them.


The Supervisor (ESTJ)

Supervisors are naturally hardworking, aim to be in charge, very orderly and rule abiding, and conscientious. Employees with ESTJ personality type are aptly called Supervisors since they work best when motivated with a clear, tangible list of outcomes to expect. They are also easily encouraged by progress.


The Inspector (ISTJ)

Inspectors may be introverted, but they are certainly good team players. Understanding the task well is one of the first things they do to identify their approach and role in the task. They like meeting expectations and are best encouraged when they know that the task completion depends on them. Inspectors also tend to be keen on details and like to follow plans of action firmly.


The Performer (ESFP)

Probably the most outgoing ones in the group, Performers like to be spontaneous and the life of the party. They are motivated with the approval of others and can work more efficiently when they are allowed to approach tasks as they see fit.


6 Types of Employees and How to Motivate Them


The infographic above by Headway Capital also shows that financial incentive is not enough to motivate people to work more efficiently. Emotional motivation should also be taken into consideration, as it also affects an employee’s performance. Getting to know your employees and team mates and understanding each personality type allow you to inspire them more successfully as well as foster productivity and better relationships in the workplace. There are a total of 16 personality types according to the MBTI. Find out which personality type you are under through myersbriggs.org.