The Virgo Employee - Personality and Characteristics

Virgo is the sixth sign of the Zodiac and includes all those born from 23rd of August to 23rd of September. A desire for perfection marks the Virgo personality as well as the dynamics of their relationships, both personal and professional. Here are a few ideas on how to get the best out of your Virgo employee.

Perfectionists to the core

Virgos are nothing if not perfectionists. If given a job, they will drown themselves in it and emerge only when it is done. While they share this kind of intense drive with other signs like an Aries or Capricorn, what sets a Virgo worker apart is he/she will ensure it is done according to the highest standards in their personal rulebook. This is because they believe that if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well. Virgos dislike shoddy work or that which is done half-heartedly which is why they make a great choice when a job needs to be done with the utmost care and precision. Thus you can trust your Virgo employee to put together a perfect window display in your store or rustle up a gourmet dish in your restaurant which is sure to meet the loftiest standards of the F&B reviewer.

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A meticulous nature

Another trait which closely goes with their perfectionism is the Virgo’s meticulous nature. They go into the heart of every issue or task and examine it with minute detail. Thus if any project or assignment needs to be done with complete thoroughness, a Virgo is your best bet. Unlike a Gemini who flits from one task to another or an Aquarius who is great as visualizing abstract ideas, a Virgo will lavish close attention on the task at hand and take into account every clause and clarification. This is one of the reasons why Virgos excel in areas like accountancy, law and even fashion and others which require a keen eye for details and a focused concentration.

A penchant for criticism

On the downside however, you can trust a Virgo to point out a flaw in a job, no matter who the perpetrator is, even you. Just be­cause you're the boss won't keep him from catching your mistakes and bringing them up; this is because more than sacredness of position and titles, a Virgo believes in the pursuit of perfection. One consequence of this trait is that Virgos tend to be more exacting than other signs. They are more likely to judge their co-workers by the same impossibly-high standards that they hold in their own lives and expect others too to maintain them at the workplace. More than once you will find your other employees exasperated and sometimes perhaps even offended by your Virgo’s penchant for pointing out flaws. Things become especially complicated when the Virgo is a fresh recruit and already ruffling feathers with his/her critical appraisal. But if everyone else in the workplace can keep in mind the fact that a Virgo’s exacting words are rarely motivated by malice, it might become far easier to stomach his/her remarks. It is simply not in the nature of this zodiac to tolerate work that is less than perfect and towards this end they will try every means, including giving voice to their critical temperament, so that the job is done according to the highest standards.

A grounded personality

The element associated with Virgos is the Earth and this is keeping with their grounded natures. A Virgo will thus be practical and concerned with activities which have a tangible outcome. Born with a sensible mind and a discriminating eye, he/she will be attracted only to those ventures which can be taken to a logical conclusion. The airy brilliance of Geminis or the flowing imagination of the Pisceans is not for your Virgo employee. So instead of placing the latter in the creative or promotional department, you would well to ask him/her to keep the books for your company or take the responsibility of checking the supply of materials to your firm. Virgos are the right choice for positions which require someone with strong analytical abilities and an unwavering concentration.

Yet another professional area where Virgos tend to excel is the service sector. Health, hospitality, F&B, charity and education are only a few of the businesses where a Virgo is in his/her element. This is because of the innate willingness to help which marks individuals of this Zodiac. They are only too willing to drown themselves in hard work and commitment, especially if it will help others in some way. Perhaps this is because she is ruled by the planet Mercury who in classical Roman mythology was the extremely busy messenger of gods, racing against time to deliver missives from one divine being to another.

Tendency to be workaholics

The downside of the Virgo’s meticulous and industrious personality is they are apt to become the warning signs of the “All work and no play” syndrome. It is not uncommon to find workaholics among the ranks of Virgos and your employee too may be one of them. So while you may be secretly pleased to find that your Virgo is burning the proverbial midnight oil to complete the task you have handed to him/her, also be mentally prepared to digest that barely-disguised look of disapproval after you return from your fishing trip over an extended weekend. This is because Virgos believe that work and service come first and leisure is possible only when other matters are taken care of – which for Virgos is rarely possible.

While their workaholic nature drives them ahead on the professional ladder, it also brings with it an unhealthy lifestyle. Being indoors almost all the time and working with that nervous intensity, often makes Virgos prone to several health problems, hence their reputation for hypochondria. So be prepared to grant a day off every now and then to your Virgo employee when he/she is feeling under the weather or has a checkup scheduled. Never fear a dip in their productivity since their workaholic natures will ensure that your job is done. The good news is that as Virgos grow older, they become physically stronger and less concerned with allergies and medication.

Finally your Virgo employee is an asset not only because of their dedication and thoroughness but because they are one of the few workers who do not need supervision. Though a Virgo may seem to work slowly because of their cautious and methodical nature, their minds work real fast and you can trust them to work on their own because of their strong sense of ethics and responsibility.