Just as it takes all kinds of people to make a world, any given workplace is populated with a variety of different personalities -- all forced to work together toward a common goal. If you've been working for any length of time, you probably know some of the common types of co-workers, from the competitor to the gossip, but do you know what kind of co-worker you are?
Directions: In a Word or Google Doc, or simply on a sheet of paper, respond to the statements below as honestly as possible about what you believe to be true about you and how you currently behave in your workplace -- not how you would like to behave or how you would like to be perceived. The more honest you are, the more accurate the assessment.
If you don't have time to respond to all of the questions, select the ones that are most relevant to you, and provide responses.
- I strive to cultivate cordial relationships with my co-workers.
- I simply have too much work and too little time to get everything done on time.
- My sole focus is on how I can get my next promotion.
- I like to wander around the office and peek at what's on co-worker's computer screens.
- I have sometimes inadvertently hurt a co-worker's feelings with one of my jokes or comments.
- If there is one thing I am good at, it's raising objections when no else is willing to do so.
- Most decisions at the office can be improved with my suggestions.
- I find it so enjoyable to spend time talking with my co-workers.
- I have a hard time meeting some of my project deadlines.
- I enjoy the feeling of knowing the intimate details of my co-workers' lives.
- I go out of my way to maintain friendly relations with my co-workers.
- I know I am generally better at my job than any of my co-workers.
- I am the go-to person on explaining things in my office.
- I need for the boss to know I am better than any of my co-workers.
- I have a hard time making realistic projections about my work deadlines.
- No one else seems to perceive the negative consequences of decisions as well as I do.
- My way of doing things is always the best way of doing things.
- Some of my best friends are my co-workers.
- Nobody is more important to the success of my department than me.
- Some of my co-workers complain that I talk in cliches.
- To me, winning is everything.
- I am often afraid to truly speak my mind at work.
- My ideal work environment is one in which everyone is friendly.
- Without me, my workplace would be the most boring place in the world.
- Even if not solicited, I feel it's important to interject my opinions and ideas.
- Pulling pranks on co-workers shows them how much you really like them.
- I'll do whatever it takes to get the accolades, obtain a promotion.
- I feel like the director of the soap opera that is my workplace.
- Some of my co-workers complain that I am too critical.
- My strategy for advancement is to simply mimic my boss.
- I am known for telling great stories.
- If something bad is going to happen at work, it most likely will happen to me.
- I not only want to win the approval of my boss, but also watch my co-workers fail.
- I like to play devil's advocate and challenge co-worker's choices.
- I sometimes need to keep repeating myself before things get done my way.
- I feel like most of my co-workers do not respect me.
- I enjoy socializing with my co-workers in and out of the office.
- Everyone comes to me when they want to know the real truth about people.
- I do some of my best work under deadline pressures.
- I am the person in my office that gets stuck with bad projects no one else wants.
- I love interjecting a little humor into an otherwise humorous environment.
- I want to be known as the best worker in my workplace.
- One of the best parts of my day is passing along some juicy gossip.
- Some co-workers and bosses just expect too much of me.
- I am vocal about the many things in my office that could be improved.
Once you're done, go back through your responses and reflect on your answers. Where do you think you could improve? Where do you think you're doing just fine? This can be a fun exercise to go through with your co-workers -- consider setting aside time to do the exercise together, or do the exercise separately, and come together as a group to review. You could also go through the exercise with your boss. The goal here is to get a full view of who you are as an employee, and then use the responses that show some of your faults or weaknesses as a guide toward improvement.
Always strive to be the best co-worker you can possibly be. And remember -- if you're eager to see your company succeed, one of the best things you can work on (if improvement is needed) is teamwork.
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