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Quiz: What kind of co-worker are you?

Do your colleagues consider you a team player or the office outsider? Take this quiz and find out

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The perfectionist

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But co-workers may find it difficult to live up to your expectations and sometimes give up trying, making the situation even worse from your perspective. The less they try, the more frustrated you get.

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“To make your life easier,” advises Quinn, “work on choosing your targets of perfection, i.e. your own work. Not everything has to be 100 per cent brilliant all the time.” Start by learning to focus on the big items and let the small ones slip. “You’ll probably be more fun to work with,” says Quinn.

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The 11th-hour flower

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“You always complete the job in the end and find it tiring working with people who plan everything to a tee,” she adds. But co-workers may think that your methods are haphazard and worry that they’ll have to pick up the pieces to get the job done.

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If your confidence is making others sweat, it might damage your reputation. “Try working a little ahead of your deadline—even just a few times, to experience the relief of not leaving it to the last minute,” advises Quinn. “You might enjoy it!”

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The juggler

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“If you have trouble finishing a task before moving onto the next, try to improve your organization,” advises Quinn. “Make a to-do list, schedule your responsibilities and focus on completing one thing at a time.”

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Quinn suggests shadowing a “one-task-at-a-time person” to see how it feels to complete a job from A to Z.

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Quinn’s final piece of advice is to put files in a folder with labels for each project. “It gives the illusion of being organized,” she explains, “And will actually improve your ability to deliver.”

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Quiz: What kind of co-worker are you?

Are you passionate about perfection or a multi-tasking maven?
We all have different working styles, but how you get the job done impacts the way you are perceived. Discover what kind of co-worker you are – and get expert advice on what you need to do to get that promotion!

What kind of co-worker are you?

Question 1  of 7

Each morning, when you get to work, you begin the day by:

Chatting with co-workers about last night’s reality T.V.
Reviewing your to-do list
Searching madly for the agenda of the meeting that just started—yikes!

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