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Started by dreams99 on Feb 12, 2016 3:19:37 PM
The Friday 12th February Office Dysfunction Questionnaire

1. Which office personality are you?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03j9yyx

a) Gossip

b) Narcissist

c) Anger Addict

d) Passive-aggressive

e) Guilt-tripper



2. Describe the worst examples of any of the above you've come across.

3. What's the best work environment you've encountered?

4. Describe your ideal work set-up.

5. Are you a good manager?

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dreams99 - 12 Feb 2016 15:29:07 (#1 of 8)

1. Don't think I've been seriously any of those. I do occasionally rant about things (generally the crapness of suppliers or subsidiaries) Not generally interested enough in the private lives of colleagues to be a gossip. Narcissist? Well, I babble about myself and the shit I do but I don't think that's the same, it's not to the exclusion of others.

2. I've worked with a few arseholes, and definitely some gossips and narcissists. Nobody specific springs to mind yet.

3. The last one I was at was quite good, a friendly startup, that was sort of sabotaged by the CEO.

4. Similar to above, small company, talented people, relaxed atmosphere, but also a decent cycle commute so I can keep fit. Something on my doorstep would lead to me getting lazy and fat.

5. No, I don't think so. Haven't had that much management to do in recent years.

thisonehasalittlehat - 12 Feb 2016 15:50:14 (#2 of 8)

Definitely a narcissist.

Bonusy - 12 Feb 2016 15:53:08 (#3 of 8)

1. Which office personality are you?

None of them really. Spose gossip, as I will join in conversations about other people in the office, although not something I instigate. Don't think I exhibit any of the other behaviours.

2. Describe the worst examples of any of the above you've come across.

Have come across some co-workers who are full of crap or blatantly rude to the people they are supposed to be supporting. One of my colleagues was a dick towards the managing partner once, which was pretty stupid. He was shown the door via a payoff, think they just wanted him out asap rather than go through the sacking rigmarole.

3. What's the best work environment you've encountered?

Did used to really enjoy this job before we got subsumed into a much bigger firm. Isn't a bad job now, fairly cushy, but is much more limited in scope and impersonal.

4. Describe your ideal work set-up.

Medium-sized firm, tech orientated, lots of new hardware to play with. Maybe a game dev if they didn't have OT-demanding deadlines the way they do.

5. Are you a good manager?

Hell no, can't stand paperwork/form filling. Don't think I could manage troublesome staff, and you can't rely on them all being quiet but effective.

Agaliarept - 12 Feb 2016 15:56:49 (#4 of 8)

1. Yeah, don't think I fit any of those categories. If anything I try to hard to please people. Maybe a bit of a gossip then.

2. Thankfully anyone with any major personality issues is quickly weeded out in the departments I've worked in. Progression depends on not making too much of a fuss so most of my colleagues tend to be easy going. Though did once have a manager who developed a major coke problem but they're better now.

3. Possibly the one I'm in now. People try hard to be nice to each other.

4. Like where I am now but much more casual. Like every day was a dress down day and dress down days are nude days. Also sleep pods.

5. Yes. I think I understand the basics of management and have a flair for finding the way to motivate people. Though my last job move I got out of the management game and now only worry about my own work. It's bliss.

blaithin - 12 Feb 2016 16:02:03 (#5 of 8)

1. I'm a gossip. But so is everyone else. We've all been working together for far too long.

2. There is a legend of a stabbing in the typing pool. Long before my time, though. A couple of assaults. Plenty of bullying.

3. Where I am right now is pretty good. Nice people, interesting work, everyone gets on.

4. I want to be a zookeeper. Everything else is suboptimal.

5. I'm ok, according to my staff, but a dislike of direct conflict makes some things tricky. I need practice.

helbel - 12 Feb 2016 16:07:00 (#6 of 8)

1. Which office personality are you?

None of the above.

2. Describe the worst examples of any of the above you've come across.

I've seen inept management, and evil management. Good management is so rare and IME comes from people who are old enough not to care about following the rules and who like people.

3. What's the best work environment you've encountered?

Probably this one. Working with competent people who do their jobs.

4. Describe your ideal work set-up.

a 20 minute walk from home

5. Are you a good manager?

No. Thankfully I don't manage anyone.

FalseSummit - 12 Feb 2016 19:48:04 (#7 of 8)

1. Which office personality are you?

Passive-aggressive to world championships level.

2. Describe the worst examples of any of the above you've come across.

The narcissist that thought "management of people" meant "making exceptionally high demands of staff who should be grateful for the opportunity to do mandatory unpaid overtime"

3. What's the best work environment you've encountered?

Pass.

4. Describe your ideal work set-up.

Not working would be ideal.

5. Are you a good manager?

Could be, given the chance. I can easily differentiate between the human and the professional, which incidentally also makes me a right sod to manage.

Pheeep - 12 Feb 2016 20:06:53 (#8 of 8)

1. None of those. I'm an Anarcho-Syndicalist techie.

2. The incompetent soi disant manager who has never run any of our products, has no appreciation of technical complexity, but still has the temerity to demand features with unrealistic deadlines.

3. This one's pretty good: I know I'm good at what I do, and I get to choose what I do to a large extent. I'm old enough and ugly enough to ignore the squeakings of those who would try to order me about.

4. More or less what I have now: I work with a lot of clever people in a scientific charity, with almost completely ignorable managers. I write interesting programs in my favourite language, for people who appreciate what I do.

5. No, I've been a manager of a mighty empire stretching to eight people, and I hated it. I was rubbish at bollocking the incompetent, delegating things which I could do more quickly than I would spend telling the minions how to do it. Stressed me out, so I gave it up and am much happier ignoring orders from above.

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