Most of us have encountered workplace style assessments at one time or another in our careers. The point of most of them is to recognize that all styles bring something valuable and that the more styles present in the organization, the greater the chances for success having considered everything from a variety of perspectives.
Here is quick and humorous assessment that focuses on the unique and possibly irritating styles that people bring to the workplace. I received it from an old friend who is now retired from the Human Resources world. Thanks to Ed Pearce for the chuckles we will all get from How to Properly Place New Employees
1. Put 400 bricks in a closed room.
2. Put your new hires in the room and close the door.
3. Leave them alone and come back after 6 hours.
4. Then analyze the situation:
* If they are counting the bricks, put them in the Accounting Department.
* If they are recounting them, put them in Auditing.
* If they have messed up the whole place with the bricks, put them in Engineering.
* If they are arranging the bricks in some strange order, put them in Planning.
* If they are throwing the bricks at each other, put them in Operations.
* If they are sleeping, put them in Security.
* If they have broken the bricks into pieces, put them in Information Technology.
* If they are sitting idle, put them in Human Resources.
* If they say they have tried different combinations, they are looking for
more, yet not a brick has been moved, put them in Sales.
* If they have already left for the day, put them in Marketing.
* If they are staring out of the window, put them in Strategic Planning.
* If they are talking to each other, and not a single brick has been moved,
congratulate them and put them in Senior Management.
* Finally, if they have surrounded themselves with bricks in such a way
that they can neither be seen nor heard from, put them in Government.