As a business owner, you know that every employee has a different approach to the way they work. But do you realize the importance of recognizing and adapting to these different styles for effective management? Not only can this reduce conflicts, but it also gives you valuable insight and understanding into the why and how an employee works the way he/she does.
First things first, let’s define the major work styles you probably encounter in your business. Dr. Shelley Prevost, co-founder of Lamp Post Group, shared with Inc. Magazine what she defines as the four prominent work styles. Understanding these is the first step towards discovering the reasons behind your team’s dynamic and enhancing your business culture.
The Doer: A doer gets things done – hence the name. They feel the best when tasks get crossed off their to-do lists. Their laser-focus, however, often captivates the worker to the point of which they forget to communicate with other team members. Doers also tend to skip the planning stages and jump right in to the task at hand.
The Leader: Leaders are a vital part of any team, without them there would be no clear vision for the group. As a business owner, this is probably the style you will most identify with. While leaders often inspire and motivate others, they can also be detached from the team. Sometimes they can get so caught up in creating the vision that they forget to see what needs to happen in order to successfully execute and get the team to follow suit.
The Lover: Yes, you read it right – there’s a lover work style. The employee with the loving work style is sensitive and empathetic towards others. A great addition to the overall culture, the lover is team-minded, but consistently puts feelings and relationships before actual work.
The Learner: This style of worker is very meticulous and strategic in all they do. They enjoy thorough research and want to understand all details of a problem or task at hand. Learners are a very valuable aspect of a team, but without the doers or leaders, they might not get much done. They thrive in making detailed blueprints, but need other team members to execute these plans.
Each work style has its own pros and cons in any work environment. As a business owner, it is important to not only identify the styles of your team but also know how to best utilize each different employee. At Cristophe Salon Newport Beach, for example, a stylist’s work style directs the type of client who’s best suited for them. That’s just one of the reasons that every new client who walks through our doors meets with Scott Fontana, owner and expert stylist, for a complimentary consultation to identify the best color, cut and style for him or her, as well as the best stylist to suit his or her personality.
Knowing where you as a business owner fall on the work style spectrum is equally as important as knowing the work habits of your team. It’s not often that an individual will fall under only one category, but there will be a category that you can more closely identify with. Once you are conscious of your own style and the styles of your team, you will be able to more accurately recognize the strengths and weaknesses of each employee. The best team consists of all the working styles complimenting each other.
What work style to you most relate to? Do you think there are any styles missing from this list? Leave a comment below to share your team experiences.