The Aries Employee - Personality and Characteristics

Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac calendar and includes all those born from 20th March to 20th April. Attracted to action and independence, Aries bring the same sizzling energy to their professional lives that marks these dynamic natures. So if you have an Aries working for you, here is how to get the best out of him/her.

Brimming with energy

An Aries must be in the thick of action to feel truly alive. This is why you will find your Aries employee almost always searching for new things to do and be one of the first to volunteer in case there is a fresh project at hand.  He/she is most likely to amaze you with their brisk pace of working and the speed at which they goes through tasks while others around them may still be mulling things over. And this is hardly surprising when you consider that the element associated with this sign is Fire, symbolic of dynamism and the source of intense energy. All these reasons make an Aries employee a perfect choice in positions where quick thinking, innovative ideas and unflagging energy are required. The keen mind of an Aries is superb at grasping new ideas and moving from one concept to another all the while trying out fit the pieces of the giant jigsaw puzzle they may have been given to complete. The trouble with having such a fireball working for you is that he/she is likely to step on others’ toes. As the boss, you may have to tame an Aries’ natural desire to take over everyone else's department, since he/she is practically bursting with ideas of how everyone in the firm -  including you - could get where they're going way faster. But if you can learn not to take offense at his/her frequent and often impertinent suggestions, you will find in him/her a wealth of original and profitable thoughts.

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Uncomfortable with routine

One of the biggest mistakes you can make with an Aries employee is to restrict him/her to the nine-to-five office routine. In the beginning, he/she may work hard within the grid to impress you, but it won't be long before he/she starts getting restless. This is because an Aries is constitutionally unable to keep to a tight and uniform schedule, regardless of what the standard procedure is at the office. The great, creative energy of the Aries is likely to brim forth at all hours and it simply cannot be adjusted to fit someone's idea of the proper working day. So if your Aries employee asks to leave early some afternoon for pressing personal reasons, try to let them go; you can trust them to come back later the same night to work late or pop in before the cleaning lady the following morning to make up the work they have missed.

Yet another aspect of their restless, energetic natures is a tendency to get quickly bored. When confined to pushing files in the office or not given enough challenges, an Aries employee will soon lose interest in his/her work. And once they start getting bored, you will be able to pick up the signs in a hundred unmistakable ways, like coming in a little later each day, taking extra time for lunch, or writing personal letters at his desk. These are all danger signals that your Aries employee is not satisfied with his/her work and when this starts to happen, all the plus points could get overshadowed by their shortcomings.

Strongly independent natures

The easiest way to get the best out of an Aries employee is to give him/her a relatively independent project. Put your Aries worker in a position where he/she has a large degree of freedom to make decisions and, if possible, is answerable only to you. If you can do it without hurting office morale, allow him to come to work at odd hours. After a short period you'll notice that, although he may appear as late as ten in the morning or even take two hours for lunch, he/she will also be the very last one to leave at night. When allowed enough independence to work with you will find your Aries employee a driven and efficient worker. He/she will be more likely than any of your other employees to put in some extra hours of work and also accept additional assignments as a challenge, without complaining.

Another aspect of their strong independent natures, is that Aries men and women don’t take kindly to be told what to do and how to do them, unlike a Taurus or Capricorn who is far more comfortable with authority. In fact an Aries will take direct orders willingly from very few people since he/she believes very few people are superior to them. They undoubtedly think you are, or they wouldn't have agreed to work for you in the first place. But you as a boss understand that not everyone can start at the top. So in order to get the best out of your young Aries employee, try to add some kind of grand-sounding responsibility to his/her daily duties so that they are happy believing that the place couldn’t run without them. Also beware of criticizing them before others or giving someone else the credit for what they have done. Such behavior will completely kill all Aries’ enthusiasm and he/she will completely lose any interest working for you. Even if you need to correct your Aries worker, couch your point in appreciative phrases and do it behind closed doors so that their ego is not hurt. Most of all make it a point to appreciate the efforts and successes of your Aries employee since open and sincere recognition work best to motivate him/her.

A natural leader

Armed with dynamic personality, a brilliant mind and oodles of self-confidence, your Aries is a natural leader of people. You will find him/her seizing the initiative, motivating others team members with immense energy, firing up brilliant solutions and then galvanizing everyone to complete the assignment. The downside of this personality is that they cannot always be trusted to follow a project through, juggling as they are multiple interests and activities. Also niggling little details irritate them and they would much rather leave such minutiae to other members of the team. On the whole, an Aries employee is a great asset when you need your company to be lifted by innovative ideas or promoted far and wide.