Ever felt like you work at a company full of the same type of idiot?

What I mean is, do you recognize a common theme in who the boss hires?

Are they all blonde-attractive-20-something females or sport-fanatic-hair-obsessing jocks?

We all have our taste in food and entertainment, so I guess it’s reasonable to assume we could have a taste when it comes to who we hire.

But is it actually productive? Is it what’s right for the team?

And you understand perfectly how this happens.

No one wants to hire someone you see as “different” and certainly nobody wants to hire someone who is actually smarter and better than you at the job.

Eventually you find yourself working with a bunch of cloned idiots and that does nobody any good.

So how do you stop this natural tendency to hire dumber versions of yourself? And more importantly, what should you do if you are the one considering a career move?

It all starts with recognizing the different work personality styles.

 1. The Conductor

The Conductor quite literally drives the locomotive of the business.

They’re forward looking, aggressive, go getters who have a high sense of urgency.  They’ll set the pace and take initiative for working on projects.  If a deadline passes, they’ll be the first to notice.

You’ll often find these personalities in roles of leadership and sales.

2. The Promoter

The Promoter is full of optimism, positive, and has a sense of humor.

They put people first and value relationships.  Making friends comes easy and they’ll go with a consensus over their own wishes.  They are the glue that brings a team together.

You’ll often find these personalities in roles like Public Relations, Social Media, and Entertainment.

3. The Supporter

The Supporter is calm, understanding, and patient.

They are good listeners and learners.  They’ll contribute by serving the team and sticking to the task at hand.  Taking things step-by-step is the way they work best.  And people are their priority.

You’ll often find these personalities in roles like HR, Counseling, and Teaching.

4. The Analyzer

The Analyzer is precise, analytical, and detail oriented.

They’ll do tough assignments to perfection the first try.  They are professional, organized, and use their time effectively.  Avoiding risk is built in to their behavior.  Tasks, not people, are where they tend to focus.

You’ll often find these personalities in roles like programming, engineering, and mathematics.

5.  The Persuader

The Persuader is a mix of the Conductor and Promoter.

They can move quickly and single-mindedly toward a goal.  They are able to direct themselves and communicate the boldly when necessary.  If the status quo upsets them, they’ll do something about it.  Innovation is what drives them.

You’ll find these personalities often in roles like management, consulting, and coaching.

 6. The Relator

The Relator is sensitive, cooperative, and supportive.

If you need a moment of empathy, the relator will be there for you.  Confrontation is something they tend to avoid.  And when it comes to problem solving, they’ll take a creative approach.

You’ll find these personalities in roles like education, customer service, arts, tourism, and hospitality.

7. The Coordinator

The Coordinator seeks after information, tests systems, and maintains high standards.

When a new plan is proposed, the Coordinator will be the anchor of reality.  They can be counted on to provide quality work using tried and true methods.  When a leader with a cause needs someone to execute her plan, there’s no body more willing.

You’ll find these personalities often in roles like QA, operations, and designers.

8. The Implementor

The Implementor understands complex assignments, detailed systems, and processes.

They’ll take your ideas and find the best alternatives for accomplishing them.  They’ll utilize the resources around them and can meet aggressive deadlines.

You’ll find these personalities in roles like tech support, software engineering, and IT.

Next Steps, Here’s What to Do

1. Do Some Self Discovery Homework

The biggest mistake people make in their careers is to overlook how they prefer to work.  What motivates you on the job?  Do you like fast pace or slower pace environments?  Do you like working with people or tasks?  What is your work personality?

2. What Role Do You Fit In?

The trouble with work is that often what it takes to do the job and how you naturally prefer to work are at odds.  A cashier who likes being active, a customer service rep who hates people, or a teller who likes change of pace.  Each of these personalities will clash with the job, adding stress and burnout to the employee.

So, whether you are hiring or looking for some greener grass to plant your next career move, understanding the role you fit in naturally will keep you happier in the future.

3. Where is Your Team Lacking?

If you are part of the hiring team, do you know where the team is lacking?  What personalities could really add to your current pool of talent?

This is why some of the most competitive companies out there invest in benchmarking tools and assessments.  They know the cost of a hire and even more, the cost of a hire that doesn’t work.