Who here remembers the dreaded group projects in school? Whether your group was assigned by your instructor or you had the ability to choose your team, there were always those few procrastination-prone individuals who would dump their work onto the rest of the team members.
“Group projects teach you the team skills you will need in the workforce” your instructor would say. And they were right.
Today, workplaces big, small, sedentary, labor intensive, all consist of a dynamic group of individuals, and it turns out that the previously imposed life lessons serve useful. While years of experience have enhanced your ability to understand the differentiating makeup of your peers, have you stopped to think about the type of working personality you are?
Although times change by the millisecond, these behavioral characteristics making up the workplace will never change. Continue reading to see which workplace personality you are.
How often do you meet deadlines?
a) Always: You have never missed a deadline and never plan – scratch that – never will miss one.
b) Most of the time: Meeting deadlines is important to you, but on the occasion you miss one, you don’t put too much stress on yourself, and you make sure that you complete it right. Sometimes when you do miss a deadline, it’s because you were helping others who needed it.
c) Once in a while: You may find that it’s unnecessary to meet most or all of your assigned deadlines, and associate those who do as overachievers.
Do you like your work?
a) Absolutely: You feel completely fulfilled when at work; it’s challenging, motivating, and rewarding. Even on the occasion you have a bad day, you can still go to bed at night feeling that you’re doing something important.
b) Most of the time: You may like the work that you do, but maybe an ill feeling towards your boss and/or co-worker(s) pushes your response for this question a step down. Or maybe, it’s actually the opposite, you might have a great relationship with your boss and your co-workers, however, you feel little purpose for the work that you are doing. Whichever the reason, you feel fairly neutral.
c) Not at all: If you fall under this range, you take the reasons listed in the answer directly above and combine them – you despise your work, your boss, other employees, the environment – everything. You find that you are the last one coming in and the first one leaving at the end of the day.
How often do your co-workers come to you for help?
a) Sometimes: In your workplace, everyone contributes to helping, it all just boils down to who is and who is not currently overwhelmed in work.
b)All of the time: By this point, you have established a sense of trust and loyalty that the rest of your co-workers primarily come to you for matters both personal and work related. They know that you are not only willing to help them, but that you do so in a positive and encouraging manner.
c)Rarely: You believe that the only reason people should come to you with questions/advice is that they will help you if you ever need help.
How do you react when company morale tanks?
a)You encourage: Whether this comes from placing motivational sticky notes all over the place or by bringing in some sort of dessert to feed the rest of the team, you refuse the unambitious feeling that has grown in the environment and you try to remain as upbeat as you can.
b) You stand by: Rather than choose choose a stance, you keep your feelings to yourself and listen to what others have to say.
c)You complain: You follow suit in the tanking of the company morale, and are one of the first to start complaining about your workload, management, co-workers, even personal issues.
You are the first person into the office and usually the last one to leave. Workers in this category tend to possess perfect posture and their desks are always immaculate. You have exceptionally high standards for the work you produce and never miss a deadline. Because of this, you may find that some of your work does include a few minor mistakes. You are extremely independent and are exceptional at ignoring any sort of background noise so that you can focus on your work.
The Caretaker/People Pleaser: Your fellow team members come to you when they need to vent about situations at work and/or their personal life. They know that you are always there to look out for them and make sure that they are okay. To others, you appear strong and stable, always acting with a positive attitude.
The Delegator: Far from the workaholic mindset, you regularly pass your work to other people. This is usually due to the fact that you don’t enjoy your work and/or your work culture.
So, what did you score? While every office is full of different personalities, you will always find that you will not get along with some and click with the rest. For every perfectionist, you’ll find a delegator. And hopefully for caretaker/people pleaser, you. So which one are you?
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