What is your office personality?
Sometimes the first step in honing your personal brand is to understand your office personality and how you play within the team dynamic. To have a little fun, we decided to put more of a literal spin on that...
To give a little context to our madness, William Moulton Marston was a psychologist and the creator of the polygraph machine, Wonder Woman, and the DiSC behavior assessment tool. (Quite a collective, right?) The results of the quiz below will be loosely based on Marston’s theory that individuals have varying degrees of four main behavioral traits: dominance, influence, steadiness, and conscientiousness (DiSC).
To help illustrate these behavioral traits in the best manner possible, we’ll be making personality comparisons to four characters from NBC’s The Office. Take the quiz to determine your office personality and share your results with us below!
1. You encounter a challenging personnel situation at work. Which best describes your approach to the situation?
A. Fact: my feelings regenerate at twice the speed of a normal man’s.
B. I am not to be truffled with.
C. I googled “how to deal with difficult people.”
D. I don’t blame anyone in particular. I think everyone is to blame.
2. You start every day with the following affirmation:
A. Before I do anything I ask myself, “would an idiot do that?” and if the answer is yes, I do not do that thing.
B. I am Beyonce. Always.
C. I wonder what people like about me?
D. I am a professional woman.
3. You have an important deadline approaching. How do you feel?
A. I am ready to face any challenge that might be foolish enough to face me.
B. I’m going to make this way harder than it needs to be.
C. It is a rainy day and I just feel like cozying up with a good book.
D. [Taking aspirin] I don’t have a headache. I’m just preparing.
4. You take a client out to lunch. What do you eat?
B. Awesome blossom. Extra awesome.
C. Nothing with mushrooms.
D. Vegetarian noodles.
5. How would you describe yourself as an employee?
A. Determined, worker, intense, good worker, hard worker, terrific.
B. I’m a friend first, a boss second and probably an entertainer third.
C. My co-workers have big personalities and I have a big personality and a lot of times when people like that get together, it can be explosive.
D. I actually look forward to performance reviews. I really enjoy being judged. I believe I hold up very well to even severe scrutiny.
6. How do you like to relax on the weekend?
A. I dabble in agrotourism.
B. I go to Sbarro for a New York slice.
C. I knit things.
D. I spend time with my many cats.
7. Your work wardrobe consists of the following:
A. Shirts in varying shades of yellow and ties in varying shades of brown.
B. Anything from Burlington Coat Factory. You go in there with $645 you are literally a king. C. Outfits from Boscov’s at the Steamtown Mall.
D. The clothes at Gap Kids are just too flashy, so I’m forced to go to the American Girl store and order clothes for large colonial dolls.
8. Have you ever stood up in the middle of your office to make an announcement? If so, what was the announcement?
A. I am fast. To give you a reference point, I’m somewhere between a snake and a mongoose…and a panther.
B. Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.
C. My boyfriend bought this perfume for me in Metropolitan Orlando. It’s made from real pine.
D. Your paychecks will be arriving as scheduled on Friday. And they will be in the correct amount that they are normally in.
9. If your office was having a Halloween costume contest, who would you dress up as?
A. Kerrigan: Queen of Blades
C. A Cheerleader
D. A Kitten
10. How have you provided constructive criticism to others at work in the past?
A. You have been compromised. Abort mission. Destroy phone.
B. The only time I set the bar this low is for limbo.
C. [Shakes head and sighs.]
D. You tried this out, and it’s clearly not for you. It’s time to go. Come on.
I learned Michael Scott was my spirit animal. Which office character are you?
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