While every employee is unique and has preferences when it comes to work environment, communication and tasks, you can basically categorize your employees into one of two personality groups: detail-oriented people vs. people who delegate details.
Let’s take a look at the differences between these two personalities, including how they prefer to work, organize and use their time. Understanding how each type works can help you build a more successful and productive workplace.
Someone with a detail-oriented personality is meticulous and likes to have everything in order – otherwise, they can get very uncomfortable. The detailed person enjoys analyzing all the facts and information, making sure everything is correct and correlating all the known issues. Precision, accuracy, organization, and neatness are the cornerstones of the detailed personality trait.
On the downside, people with this trait can be criticized for failing to see the big picture, for being perfectionists or wasting too much time on the details instead of “getting the job done.”
In general, detail-oriented people show the following characteristics:
Detail-oriented people often like to have lists and check off assignments that need completion. In the workplace, detail-oriented people are interested in checking facts and numbers. In looking at a plan of action, they’re likely to note all the individual steps that are necessary to achieve a particular goal and they tend to trust processes that have worked for them in the past.How to train a detail-oriented person
At Hire Success, we define the opposite of a detail-oriented personality as someone who delegates details. While detail-oriented people prefer focusing on small details and the fine points, those who delegate details generally prefer to look at the big picture.
This trait represents the opposite of someone who’s detail-oriented. This type of person doesn't enjoy dwelling on all of the details but prefers to get to the bottom line and move on. If this person is in a position to delegate work to others, he or she may tend to let others they trust handle the details and consider their summary report as sufficient for making a decision. If there is no one else to delegate the details to, then they may seem disorganized or messy since they don't really enjoy the details of cleaning up and organizing, preferring instead to move on to bigger and better things.
Learning how to work with someone who delegates details is important for businesses, because these types are often leaders and creative types. In general, they tend to be optimistic and idealistic, so they bring positive energy and a can-do attitude to the workplace. However, they can also over-schedule themselves, miss important facts and fail to see potential problems because they assume that “it will all work out.”How to train someone who delegates details
When it comes to detail-oriented personalities vs. those who delegate details in the workplace,
one type isn’t “better” than another – it all depends on the job and the traits you identify as necessary for success in a particular role. Your company will benefit from having people with different strengths in different jobs.
Hire Success can help provide insights into each job candidate/current employee you have and help you determine the traits you need.