4 types of employees you’ll hire in your startup

I have been reading ‘ The Girl’s Guide to being a Boss without being a bitch’ and I must say, I recommend it to all women in leadership positions. Be it your own company or in your career. I will be posting snippet of the book every week on this blog.

One of the things that I have had a challenge with over time is getting the right talent to hire for my business. As a start-up, you may not afford good talent, and you end up doing more of the work, as much as you have an employee.

How do you deal with employees whether low competence or high competence? Here are four types of employees and how to handle them.

Young and Eager

Also known as low competence, high commitment. These are the millenials. Brand new to the work force and know very little about the real world. They are enthusiastic and have a desire to do a good job. You need to direct these ‘young and eager’. Tell them in clear terms what to done how to do it and when it needs to be done. Give them systems and keep in mind, they have never worked before.

Get rid  of ‘em

These have low competence and low commitment.  These people have no desire to succeed nor interest in work. They also don’t know what they are doing most of the work. If you have the energy for this lot, coach them. You can give direction, support them and build their self-esteem. It can be time consuming though.

Competent but needies

Also known as moderate to high competence and variable commitment. They know what they are doing and do it well, however they need regular encouragement and support. This lot needs support. They don’t need you to tell them how to do their job, they just need  encouragement and recognition for a job well done.


Also known as high competence, high commitment. They are responsible, proactive and they love their job. If you are fortunate to have this lot working with you, delegate responsibilities as they know what to do. They should be recognized and encouraged. They are will not stay if you do not make their career development a priority, so ensure they are promoted and given incentives.