Workplace Influence Type Quiz

20 Questions | Total Attempts: 43

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This quiz is designed to measure your workplace effectiveness based on the your approach to critical relationships at the Supervisor, Peer, and Subordinate levels. Answering the questions honestly will help improve the accuracy of your results and provide some insight into how you may be viewed relationally within your organization.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    I feel my suggestions are taken seriously and that I am given the resources I need to succeed.
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No - I don't speak up often in manager settings

    • C. 

      No - I don't have resources and am not generally appreciated by my boss

  • 2. 
    I am able to meet my job requirements and complete projects that are assigned to me and my team.
    • A. 

      Yes, I generally exceed my deadlines and come in under cost estimates

    • B. 

      Yes, but sometimes I need to request additional resources or time

    • C. 

      No, unfortunately I don't have the right talent on my team at the moment

    • D. 

      No, the expectations of my supervisory exceed the limited resources and tools I have

  • 3. 
    I am generally the best at what I do.
    • A. 

      Yes, especially among my peers

    • B. 

      Yes, that's why I was given leadership over my team

    • C. 

      I think there are a number of talented people around me and on my team.

    • D. 

      Yes, and my boss gives me extra leeway to do what I need to do.

    • E. 

      Yes, and my team appreciates my expertise and comes to me for advice

    • F. 

      I'm not the best, but I'm effective

    • G. 

      I'm not the best, but I have the best team working for me.

  • 4. 
    That TV show called "The Office"  that's my workplace.
    • A. 

      Yes - because I have a boss that is totally incompetent

    • B. 

      Yes - because my peers spend way too much time doing non-work things

    • C. 

      Yes - because my subordinates don't support me

    • D. 

      No

    • E. 

      I don't know, I don't really pay that much attention to the work environment

    • F. 

      I've never heard of that TV show.

  • 5. 
    I often wonder what my boss (supervisor) is thinking or planning.
    • A. 

      Yes, they do not communicate well or often

    • B. 

      Yes, I would rather just avoid asking

    • C. 

      No, my supervisor communicates well

    • D. 

      Yes, because I am driving the work, not my boss

    • E. 

      No, they micro-manage way too much

  • 6. 
    In general, workers do not want to work, they must be motivated through rewards and discipline.
    • A. 

      Yes, I totally agree

    • B. 

      Yes, but I rarely find myself needing to discipline anyone

    • C. 

      I disagree, people generally want to work and want to be successful

    • D. 

      Yes, and it is best to start by being demanding because it is easier to loosen up than to have to increase disciplinary measures.

    • E. 

      Workers need discipline and rewards, but not because they do not want to work, usually they just need to understand the bigger picture.

  • 7. 
    I am able to relax around my peers at work
    • A. 

      Yes, and I regularly confide in them, or ask their opinions

    • B. 

      Yes, we do a lot of social activities together

    • C. 

      Yes, though we probably gossip a little too much about our subordinates or bosses.

    • D. 

      I really don't know them that well

    • E. 

      No, but there is no tension or competitive feelings

    • F. 

      No, I simply don't trust them

    • G. 

      No, one of my peers (or more) has actively tried to sabotage me.

  • 8. 
    The best way to succeed at work is to empower the team working for you.
    • A. 

      Yes, I totally agree

    • B. 

      Yes, as long as you don't become too socially engaged or "familiar"

    • C. 

      This is one key to being successful at work, not necessarily the best

    • D. 

      Yes, and then you need to protect them from supervisors or other departments

    • E. 

      No, the best way to succeed is to make sure they're doing their job well.

  • 9. 
    I find myself having to repeat myself in order to get what I need or want.
    • A. 

      Yes, my subordinates need a lot of attention and direction

    • B. 

      Yes, I have to fight for resources and time from supervisors

    • C. 

      No, I generally get what I want out of my team

    • D. 

      No, I generally get what I need from my peers or superiors

    • E. 

      Even asking multiple times doesn't work, nobody listens to me and sometimes they forget to include me in meetings or discussions.

  • 10. 
    When people want the truth, or need help, they come to me for the answers.
    • A. 

      Yes, not because of office politics, but because I make myself available and am willing to help.

    • B. 

      Yes, I'm the one stop shop for getting things done.

    • C. 

      Not for resources, but I always know what's going on in the office.

    • D. 

      Not for gossip, but I can get things done.

    • E. 

      No

    • F. 

      No, in fact, my supervisor's open door policy has cut me off from my team

  • 11. 
    I'm the one in the organization that gets stuck with all the problems.
    • A. 

      Yes, because I'm the only one that can solve them

    • B. 

      Yes, because everyone else is dysfunctional

    • C. 

      I get my fair share, but I'm not the only one.

    • D. 

      No, I make sure that I and my team get the best projects

    • E. 

      No, in order to succeed, you need to be involved in useful high visibility projects, I leave the rest for others.

    • F. 

      Yes, I and my team are constantly having to pick up the worst jobs, or fix things

  • 12. 
    Change is good and it is necessary to remain competitive.
    • A. 

      No, change for the sake of change is ineffective

    • B. 

      Yes, I totally agree

    • C. 

      Change may be good, but not the kind we experience in our work environment

    • D. 

      Change is overrated. We should be regularly improving to limit the need for big "changes"

    • E. 

      Change means the boss is back and probably bored

  • 13. 
    The role of supervisors is primarily to provide vision and resources for the organization.
    • A. 

      Yes - totally agree

    • B. 

      Yes, and to resolve conflict when it arises

    • C. 

      No, supervisors need to be the best and most effective at the jobs they supervise.

    • D. 

      Yes, and they need to get out of the way of those that are doing the real work.

  • 14. 
    Peer relationships are most important for ....
    • A. 

      Enjoying all the time you have to spend at work.

    • B. 

      Getting the resources you need to do your job

    • C. 

      They really aren't that important

    • D. 

      For knowing who your competition is for promotion and rewards

    • E. 

      For knowing what people are really saying about you.

  • 15. 
    Work is work ... that's why it's called work.
    • A. 

      Yes, totally agree

    • B. 

      No, work needs to have some fun in it because we spend so much time there

    • C. 

      No, if you hate your job, get out of it, you should only do what you enjoy

    • D. 

      Yes, it won't be any better anywhere else, so best to keep your head down

    • E. 

      Work is work, but that doesn't mean it can't also be enjoyable. A positive workplace environment is critical to productivity and success.

  • 16. 
    At work I would be better off if...
    • A. 

      My supervisors all went on vacation, they just slow me and my team down.

    • B. 

      My peers would quit socializing and get back to work.

    • C. 

      My team would understand how important their work is to my career

    • D. 

      I think I'm doing fine the way things are.

    • E. 

      My boss would get off my back and be more realistic

    • F. 

      I had a different job, or worked somewhere else

  • 17. 
    I have a best friend at work.
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 18. 
    I would rate my current relationship with my boss (and/or other supervisors):
    • A. 

      Excellent: They love me and regularly offer praise for my work

    • B. 

      Effective: I don't have any problems of which I'm aware and I receive positive reviews

    • C. 

      Neutral: We're not friends or enemies, I just don't interact too much.

    • D. 

      Negative: My supervisor and I generally don't see eye to eye.

  • 19. 
    I have succesfully helped one of my subordinates (or more) reach a personal goal (or work toward achieving a goal) within the last 30 days.
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No - they have not expressed interest

    • C. 

      No - we are way too busy

  • 20. 
    I am socially engaged with peers, we go to lunch together or will meet after work or on weekends.
    • A. 

      Yes - but not too frequently

    • B. 

      Yes - my work peers are my friends

    • C. 

      No - I don't know any of them well enough

    • D. 

      No - I don't get along with any of my peers

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