The Aquarius Employee - Personality and Characteristics

Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the Zodiac calendar and includes those born between 20th January and 19th February. Marked by an open mind and inquiring intellect, Aquarians make some of the most original and far-thinking employees in a team.

A keen intellect

The one trait of personality perhaps which makes an Aquarius stand out from the crowd is a keen, inquiring mind. They are interested in getting into the heart of everything and knowing how it works. If you have an Aquarius on your payroll, you are likely to find in him/her evidence of an equally curious bent of mind. Your employee is the one people will rush to at the workplace when an intractable client needs fresh ideas for the advertising campaign or even when the new scanning equipment needs figuring out. This knack for taking apart the pieces of a problem and then configuring them to present a solution is highly coveted in a wide variety of professional areas ranging from the arts and humanities to science and business.

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However an important aspect to remember about an Aquarian’s brilliant mind is that it is attracted to abstract ideas and theories rather than to minute details. Perhaps this is why unlike a Virgo or Capricorn they cannot be happy with auditing the accounts or looking for legal loopholes but need to range free in the world of thoughts and ideas and look for ways to put them in shape.

A spirit of innovation

The Aquarius brand of intellect is perfect for coming up with original ideas and plans. Their spirit of innovation is evident in the way they are attracted to the highly advanced - whether in case of philosophy, knowledge or technology. So if there is one person among your staff who can be seen fiddling about with the latest iPad or the going gaga over the newest gaming console in the market, it is most likely to be the Aquarius. These February-borns have not only an innate knack for anticipating the latest leap in human knowledge but actually can be depended upon to figure it out for the rest of the regular folk. So if you wish to make the best use of your Aquarius employee, put him/her in charge of overhauling the information system at your workplace or predicting the latest trends of customer behavior relevant to your business.

One significant consequence of this spirit of innovation is that Aquarius are forever on the move – if not physically like the Sagittarius at least intellectually. Don’t be taken aback to find that your Aquarius graphics designer has shifted onto an entirely new position from the one you agreed upon when you both were discussing the layout of a new publication. These people are perpetually attracted to the newer, the quicker and the one that can touch the farthest frontiers of human thought.

A rebellious streak

In their search for the original and new, Aquarians tend to develop a rebellious streak. A sure-shot way to pick out an Aquarius is to see the one who is trying to stand out from the crowd not so much in terms of dress and appearance but in their approach to work and life. Unlike a Capricorn or a Taurus, you will rarely find your Aquarius employee subscribe to an idea for the simple reason that it has been around for so long. Rather he/she will attempt to figure out a new way of doing something and in the process if it shakes some time-honored foundations, so be it. It is because of this rebellious streak that Aquarians are not always good at taking orders from above. However while the Aries and Leo are uncomfortable with authority on account of their overweening ego, in case of Aquarians it is because their deeply incisive intellect knows that a thing need not always be right simply because most people believe it to be so. So while you may have second thoughts about trusting your Aquarius employee with an important sales project, sometimes the out-of-box ideas that he/she comes up with can prove to be more profitable in the end than conventional solutions.

At times this desire for the unconventional is expressed in appearance and more than once you may find your Aquarian turning the unofficial dress code in your company turn on its head. However with their innate good taste and an understanding of culture, rarely will your employee go so far as to turn up for a boardroom meeting in tattered jeans or crocheted shawls.

Forward looking vision

The Aquarius is known as the visionary of the Zodiac. Coupled with a keen, probing mind Aquarians are blessed with a genuine altruistic nature. They are drawn to what will make the world a better place to live in and as a result many famous reformers and progressive thinkers have come from their ranks. Even if your Aquarius employee is not explicitly related to a service-oriented profession, you can still find him/her take the initiative to refurbish the community library or draw up the design for a new wing at the destitute shelter.  Like the symbol of the Water Bearer which marks this zodiac sign, Aquarians believe in carrying the gifts of knowledge and thought and pouring it out for the betterment of humanity. So if you wish to retain the respect of your Aquarius employee, stay away from dubious dealings and mean behavior to the small fry. And for good measure, write a handsome check for his/her favorite charity which is sure to earn you the lifelong devotion of this brilliant, forward-looking mind.

Interestingly some Aquarians reveal very opposite traits, probably owing to the twin influences of Uranus and Saturn. With Saturn as their primary ruler, some of them are conventional, highly disciplined and rather strict about money matters. So if you have had an Aquarius girlfriend in college with colorful Bohemian preferences, you may be surprised to find in your Aquarius employee a budding corporate lawyer. However where the two different strains of Aquarian personalities  find common ground  is in possessing an incisive mind and the ability to look into and rightly anticipate the visions of the future.