Quick Work Preference Inventory

Step 1

Choose one of the two options presented for each row across that fits you the closest; for example, in Row 1 choose between A or B; in Row 2 choose between A or C; etc.

I LIKE work assignments which enable me to:

  A B C D
1. Take action Coordinate activities    
2. Take action   Gather information  
3. Take action     Follow procedures
4.   Coordinate activities Gather information  
5.   Coordinate activities   Follow procedures
6.     Gather information Follow procedures
7. Accomplish tangible results Participate with others    
8. Accomplish tangible results   Creatively problem-solve  
9. Accomplish tangible results     Analyze facts/data
10.   Participate with others Creatively problem-solve  
11.   Participate with others   Analyze facts/data
12.     Creatively problem-solve Analyze facts/data
13. Be in charge Be involved    
14. Be in charge   Be self-directed  
15. Be in charge     Be systematic
16.   Be involved Be self-directed  
17.   Be involved   Be systematic
18.     Be self-directed Be systematic
19. Know what needs to be done; then cut loose and do it Know who else will be included or affected    
20. Know what needs to be done; then cut loose and do it   Know why an assignment is to be done  
21. Know what needs to be done; then cut loose and do it     Know how an assignment is to be done
22.   Know who else will be included or affected Know why an assignment is to be done  
23.   Know who else will be included or affected   Know how an assignment is to be done
24.     Know why an assignment is to be done Know how an assignment is to be done

Work Preference Results

The column in which you scored highest (highlighted in green) represents your preferred work style.
(If you tied scores, you can consider both columns to represent your preferred work styles.)

Scroll down the column in which you scored highest to see the defining characteristics of your work style on this scale:

Totals:
  A If you scored highest in A, your work style and defining characteristics are listed below in this column B If you scored highest in B, your work style and defining characteristics are listed below in this column C If you scored highest in C, your work style and defining characteristics are listed below in this column D If you scored highest in D, your work style and defining characteristics are listed below in this column
Your work style is: Focuser (Self-Starter) Relater (Enthusiastic) Integrator (Finisher) Operator (Detailer)
You like to: Focus (What) Relate (Whom) Integrate (Understand Why) Operate (Understand How)
You want to know: Task at hand Big Picture Significance Details
Your preferred roles are: Taking charge; Working independently Coordinating; Facilitating Problem-solving; Diagnosing Monitoring; Analyzing
You are concerned with: Practicality Teamwork Innovation Documentation
You manage by: Directing Organizing Planning Controlling
Your managing style is: Authoritative Democratic Self-directed Systematic
You want to be: Productive Flexible Self-reliant Accountable
You value: Experience Participation Questioning Compliance
You follow: Strong leader Focus of group Personal reasoning Policy
You work well with: Clear goals Broad goals Ideas/Input Systems
Your focus is on: Outcomes Involvement Input Procedures
You want to have: Authority Influence Time to assess Boundaries
You learn best by: Doing Observing and participating Listening Repetition

We hope you enjoyed this fun, quick Work Preference Inventory.

Adapted from: Coaching and Teambuilding Skills for Managers and Supervisors
Used by permission of: SkillPath Seminars, a division of the Graceland College Center for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning, Inc.


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