7 types of workers in the company

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7 types of workers in the companyKnowing how our colleagues work enables us, as a company, to shepherd them towards attaining their objectives and to make full use of their contributions.

It is important to ascertain which team members may have specific aptitudes for certain jobs, such as concentration, the ability to work for hours on end, to interact with others, etc. This allows each leader to know his or her team and to distribute the work as efficiently as possible.

As a leader, have you ever asked yourself what your team’s skills are? In a recent e-book, PGI classified the most common types of remote employees: How do they behave? How do they perceive their work?

This e-book recognises 7 different types of remote employees, which I list below. How can each one capitalise on the advantages of an Enterprise Social Network? 

1. The 24/7 Worker:

We all know someone who answers emails at whatever time of day. This worker is a highly-dedicated stress junkie, so he exploits the advantages of an internal social network more effectively, since it will allow him to communicate with his colleagues at any time.

2. The Multitasker:

He’s the one who always has more than one tab open on his browser, at the same time as he’s sharing information via his smartphone and checking tasks pending on his tablet. This type of worker has to be constantly on the go, so the benefits of a multi-platform enterprise social network will help him to attain his work goals and to focus on his setting.

3. The Networker:

He’s the one who bonds the team together. No doubt he’ll upload lots of “we’re a team” posts to the internal social network. He likes to get on well with people and the benefits of the internal social network need to be harnessed to prevent his interest from dwindling owing to distance, since telecommuting doesn’t allow him to socialise as much as he would like.

4. The Distracted Worker:

This is the one who would have most problems with telecommuting, as he’s easily distracted. The enterprise social network will help him with the reminders, notifications and planning options allowed by this tool.

5. The Remote Manager:

Workers of this type use their gadgets and enterprise social networks to stay productive, checking their e-mail, scheduling appointments, etc., so they will embrace the enterprise social network to forge ahead with their work and keep up to date with goings-on in the company while not physically in the office.

6. The Flex Worker:

He keeps focused on outstanding work and deadlines, as well as on progress in business projects. He maintains a balance between is work and personal lives, so the enterprise social network will help him to strike this balance by keeping him informed without being intrusive.

7. The Hyper-Efficient Worker:

Nobody is quite sure how he gets so much done. He’s the typical worker who, even from a distance, is concerned about what’s happening in the company and keeping abreast of company needs. The enterprise social network will allow him to sustain the structure and productivity of his activities.

The use that each of the workers makes of the enterprise social network will help them to boost their productivity while ensuring that they still feel connected to the company.


 Ma. Teresa Farfán (@MomBita) is a psychologist, graduate from UNAM, with experience in practicing psychology both publicly and privately in which she seeks an ethical practice and in favor of improving the quality of life and ensuring an integral experience of those with whom she works with, be it individuals or companies, looking for teamwork, professionalization, and standardization. She has experience in the area of culture, organizational communication, consumer and sales psychology. She participates actively in social undertakings such as Átomo Educativo, and is a co-founder of khÜn Psicología, a company that seeks to bring psychology to companies and individuals with a multi-disciplinary approaches.