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There are many kinds of people out there who could find themselves working together in a company. Diversity is crucial for innovation and effectivity. Some people might not fit into any of these types and others might fill various types at the same time.

Here are 10 types of employees that can help a lot if you have them in your company.


10. The problem-finder

It’s good to have people on board who are able to identify any kind of bottlenecks, shortcomings, wasteful activities, and other kinds of problems. To accommodate these people, it’s good to give them a simple and easy-to-use method of red-flagging anything they spot. This could be as simple as a physical suggestion box or as sophisticated as a software for structured innovation and continual service improvement.



This article reflects my personal opinion based on the experiences I made and the stories that I’ve heard from others. If you don’t find yourself in any of the following types, it certainly doesn’t mean that your company doesn’t need you. It would just mean that you’re very special and don’t fit a category. If you’re a manager and don’t recognize any of these types for your staff, maybe it’s time to shape some of them up and enable them more to do what they are good at.

What do you think about this listing? Do you know any additional types that you need in your own company? What type are you most like? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

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