How do your employees structure their work time? Do they show up promptly at 8:00 am or do they always seem to come in late? Do they create to-do lists or wait and see what the day brings?
In general, you can put employees in one of two categories: deliberate/planners vs. people with spontaneous personalities. Let’s take a look at the differences between these two traits, including how they make decisions and structure their time, and explore why you need both planners and spontaneous personalities in the workplace.
A person who is a planner knows exactly why they do everything they do or say. They are deliberate in their approach to their work and will often spend a great deal of time planning out a detailed strategy. If giving a presentation, it will either be well-rehearsed or will be read from notes – they will not be comfortable talking about whatever comes to mind or speaking “off the cuff.”
In general, planner personalities show the following characteristics:
In the workplace, planners like to be on time so that they can start their day, get to work and check things off their to-do lists. They don’t like delays, uncertainty or having deadlines that are constantly changing.
Planners like to make a decision and go with it – they don’t want to overthink things, but instead, prefer to start working on what needs to get done. This can be a problem at times, because they may not consider all the angles of a situation before diving in.How to train a planner
The opposite of a planner is someone with a spontaneous personality. While planners like deadlines, schedules and structured work time, someone with a spontaneous personality prefers flexibility, change and remaining open to options.
In general, someone with a spontaneous personality at work is rather unpredictable, preferring to act or say whatever seems right at the moment. An excellent example is a stand-up comedian who never knows what may happen and seems to have a knack for rolling with the punches and handling whatever comes their way. They are impulsive and think quickly on their feet. If they’re wrong about something, they won't dwell on it, preferring instead to apologize and move on.
In the workplace, people with spontaneous personalities like to look at a project from all sides, consider innovative possibilities and discuss options. They’re not afraid to do things differently than they’ve been done before. Even if a project is well underway, they can be perfectly happy changing direction and looking for a better outcome.
Learning how to work with a spontaneous person can benefit your business in many ways because they tend to be creative, innovative and thoughtful. In general, people with spontaneous personalities at work can take longer to make a decision (and sometimes even have trouble making one at all), but when they do, you can be sure that they’ve thought things through carefully.How to train someone with a spontaneous personality
When it comes to planners vs. spontaneous personalities in the workplace, one type isn’t “better” than another – it all depends on the job and what you need to accomplish. In fact, every business will benefit from having both types within their teams.
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