How to Manage and Motivate Older Employees

By Mark Metzler posted 06-23-2020 10:36 PM


One of the challenges of a manager is motivating employees. Getting people to joyfully work for you can be a headache. Once you understand the mysteries of human personality, however, motivation becomes easy. Human personality is most simply categorized by the Myers-Briggs type system. This system of cognition identifies how people process information. Once you know how your employee's process information, you can more readily encourage them in their work.

Myers-Briggs Types and Motivation

The first core motivation group is traditionalists. The ISTJ likes details and tradition. They are excellent workers. You motivate them by increasing their responsibility and pay grade. The ESTJ likes action and tradition. Many managers have the ESTJ type. You motivate an ESTJ by letting them set the rules and giving them broad authority over business matters. The ISFJ loves to serve. You motivate the ISFJ by letting them help others in a quiet and useful position. The ESFJ likes people. They are great workers and managers of people.

The next motivation style is the analysts. The INTJ hates social settings. They are motivated when given a lot of freedom to pursue intellectual activity. The INTP is witty and smart. They are motivated by details and rational problems. The ENTP is a political genius. Give the ENTP a lot of publicity and speaking time. The ENTJ is an executive at heart. They want the authority to make big picture decisions that impact the whole organization.

The third motivation style is the experiencers. The ISFP is an artist. They like nature and speaking their mind. You motivate the ISFP by giving them lots of freedom to create new crafts. The ESFP is a party person. They are great at having fun. Make sure their work has lots of excitement. The ESTP is a courageous action person. They love sports and freedom. Make sure that their work involves both. The ISTP is an ingenious mechanic. They are often experts at repairing machinery. The ISTP is a good athlete. Give them something to fix.

The fourth motivation style is the empathizers. The INFP is a writer. They like lots of solitude and independence. Give them a flexible schedule to motivate them. The ENFP is a meaningful teacher. Let them coach and train new employees. The INFJ is a mystic psychologist. Have the INFJ counsel stressed members of your organization. The ENFJ is a friendly visionary. Let them plan the health and wellness programs for your employees.

Practical Caretaking

For older employees, providing benefits like mobility scooter accessories is good. Food at the office is nice for morale. Some older employees might be limited by disability. If you show consideration for their needs, they will be more likely to work productively for you. Your thoughtful interest, like adding a coffee maker in the break room, shows compassion.

Hopefully, this article has provided you with valuable information on how to improve your organization. As a manager, it is your responsibility to see that the attitude of your employees remains positive. Happy older employees translates to higher profits.