Who’s the office firecracker?
Bonfire Night is around the corner! We take a look at the mixed bag of personalities in the office. From the rowdy ‘rockets’ to the shy ‘sparklers’, who’s the most fiery of them all? How do you manage them? And, most importantly… which one are you?
The centre of attention, this is the office extrovert. Their personality can be a tad domineering and hot-tempered – but for winning new business and building relationships, they’re what every forward-facing business needs. Dealing with them means shooting from the lip and establishing the firmest of boundaries.
The Catherine Wheel
This is your adrenaline junkie – they can spin and spin! They’re highly organised and meticulous about their work, and they achieve their goals with apparent ease. You’ll meet Catherine Wheels in PA or accounting roles, where their controlled energy needs to burn bright.
The Roman Candle
If you didn’t have a social committee before a person like this joined your team, you definitely will now! Roman Candles have a creative and bright spark in their step, and love of ideas and people.
They’re fun to be around, and reliable every time to achieve the best of anything. You’ll often find these people in client-facing roles, managing relationships on a day-to-day basis.
You might find a person like this in HR or admin. Mines aren’t leaders – they aren’t the main attraction – but they are calm, bright and a real asset to any team.
This is the kind of person who guides others to success; they’re always considered trustworthy, and quietly motivate colleagues to achieve their full potential.
The Damp Squib
There’s always one wet blanket, isn’t there? With the Damp Squib, the spark has long fizzled out, and they’re perfectly OK with that. The problem is, if you come into contact with them, you risk losing your spark too.
With their total lack of determination or positive attitude, they’re certainly not a good prospect for a company with vision. But they offer incredible potential for change, so don’t give up on them.
Push them to see the positive by setting them a ‘say something nice’ challenge every time they’re critical of a person or situation. This trait might be useful – they can see the pitfalls of any plan a mile away – so get them to consult you on specific tasks, rather than moan to anyone who can’t get away fast enough.
Often a little reserved, they’re very imaginative, with the know-how to think up original solutions to get the job done.
Like real-life sparklers, they can burn out quickly. Let them catch a whiff of some Rocket energy to get them going, then let them get on with it.
You’ll probably find Sparklers in marketing, design and tech; don’t force them to sit in boring meetings or confined spaces with others for too long. Give them space to develop ideas and solutions, and the resource to test them out.