I recently listened to the audio book Working with You is Killing Me: Freeing Yourself from Emotional Traps at Work. This book gives advice on how to deal with difficult situations at work that can affect your emotions and cause you lots of stress. One of the issues brought up in the book was how certain “roles” that you play at work can define how people perceive you. Two of the roles that I identified with were the Rebel Role and the Invisible Role
The Rebel Role is a person who is independent and a free thinker. The problem with this role is that sometimes a person can give unsolicited advice, feedback, or contrary opinions in the work place. The Invisible Role is a person who is quiet and reserved. The problem with this role is that the person does not speak and does not like to be recognized in the work place. People aren’t aware of their accomplishments.
Even though these may seem like conflicting roles, they describe the person that I am not only at work but also in life. I am a very independent person and I think for myself. In work and in life I don’t conform to the views/ideas that everyone blindly adopts. Unfortunately, I have made the mistake of voicing my opinion about ideas that I don’t agree with at work but I have learned how to handle things better. I now keep my opinions to myself but I ask intuitive questions about how certain decisions will affect my role and responsibilities. This makes people think that I support their position but I’m just trying to understand how my role fits into things. I am also a quiet and reserved person who doesn’t like to be in the spotlight. I’ve learned to send my boss updates on my accomplishments throughout the year and to have them added to my end of year performance review.
The issue with work roles came up during a training event for work. We were given a watered down version of the personality test called DISC and I found out that my work style is “C”. We were not given a full description of our work styles but we were given a general handout on how to work with each style. In order to work effectively with the “C” style you should:
-Talk to them about the objective, fact-based aspects of ideas and projects
-Avoid pressuring them for an immediate decision
-Allow them time for careful analysis
-Avoid using forceful and emotional tactics
To me, the “C” style seems to be a combination of the Rebel Role/Invisible Role. To me this a person that likes to think deeply, analyze each issue, and wants to be given the time and space to do so.
What is your work personality? Do you think it affects how others perceive you?