How would your co-workers describe you? Are you a people-pleaser, a rebel or the well-adjusted guy in the middle? Answer these questions to find your workplace personality.

1. You’re new to the team and your boss asks whether you’d help with marketing by handing out pamphlets in the early-morning traffic. You:

A. Wink and agree to assist because it makes you look amenable… Then immediately assign the task to your junior when you remember there’s a rerun of your favourite programme on TV at 7 am.

B. Agree earnestly, all the while knowing you’ll be exhausted in the morning after staying up all night to cover your Grade 1 child’s new schoolbooks.

C. Tease him about taking advantage of newbies who need their beauty sleep, instead offering to help the marketing team with a task that fits your job description.

2. A pregnant colleague asks for your assistance on the way back from lunch. She has a load of documents in her office to bring up to the meeting you’ll also be attending at 2 pm. You tend to be late for the post-lunch catch-up, so you tell her:

A. ‘Sorry, can’t be late again,’ and go off in the direction of the boardroom.

B. Of course, you shouldn’t be carrying all those heavy boxes anyway,’ forgetting that you’re the only staff member who’ll get a written warning if you’re late again.

C. ‘No worries, but let me just tell reception where I’m off to,’ thereby covering for yourself and her – and also allowing for the possibility of reinforcements (strong guys to help carry!), when the message is passed on.

3. Management sends a group mail, at 5 pm on a Friday, to you and several team mates. The request is for one of you to stay late and oversee the technician who’ll be popping in shortly to fix the printer. You:

A. Fling your bag over your shoulder and duck out immediately. How irritating to get that kind of mail at the very last minute on a Friday!

B. Tell your colleagues you’ll stay, even though that means walking to the station in the dark and missing the after-work get-together.

C. Reply (and tell your co-workers) that you can stay on for 30 minutes, but thereafter must make a run for it or you’ll miss your ride home.

4. The CEO has secured an exciting new project and you’d love the opportunity to get involved. Good input might mean a raise, a promotion and even an industry award! To support your case in being offered a place on the project, you:

A. Pop your head around her door and say: ‘Heard you secured the XYZ case. I just know you’re going to pull me in on it. I’m the best candidate for the job.’

B. Hover relentlessly around the CEO’s door, take her coffee and biscuits three times a day, and wait in the lobby for her to arrive in the mornings so you’re first to greet her. She’ll soon know something’s up!

C. Write her an email detailing any skills and/or experience you have that would benefit the project, stating that while you’re not the most senior staff member on hand to tackle such work, you’re super-keen and revved up for the challenge.


Mostly A = Arch rebel
It’s one thing to be assertive and stand up for yourself, but it’s another to be arrogant and selfish. You are probably very good at what you do, but you still need to remember that teamwork is what gets things done. Besides, it’s a two-way street and if you don’t consider your co-workers, you can’t expect them to show you the courtesy.

Mostly B = Oh, so eager to please
Try to be more sensible about what you take on. You can’t do everything, and no reasonable boss or colleague would expect you to. If you keep on loading on the pressure your health will suffer, so ease up a bit and learn to delegate and trust others.

Mostly C = Balanced middleman
You show thoughtfulness and maturity. You are courteous, but you know just
when to say ‘no’ to someone who’s taking advantage. You’ve found a sensible middle road that allows you to excel in your work without paying an unreasonable personal price.

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