On the surface hiring “selfish” employees doesn’t seem like a great idea. They can lack a “team player” mentality, can be out only for themselves and can be totally unwilling to collaborate and listen to other people’s ideas.
The counterargument to that is that “selfish” employees are highly motivated and know what they want to succeed. Knowing that an employee is self motivated allows their employer to play to their personal goals and motivate them efficiently and effectively.
Offering small denomination gift cards for reaching small goals at work, that will help them reach small milestones in their personal life are a great way to get a self-centered employee working hard and accomplishing your company goals. If you have a runner on staff training for a race a gift card to GNC might be a great way to help them stay fit. If you have a car enthusiast an AutoZone gift card may be a great way to keep them focused at work but excited to fix up the car in their garage.
Find out what your employees do outside of work and help them create a work-life balance by motivating both parts of their like. Selfish may become self-motivated before you know it.