Corporate environments go to great lengths to get metrics on happiness, but only as it relates to productivity. This research directly relates to my upcoming radio play, Unfortunate Demonic Incident No. 271. Recently I took the Predictive Index test, which asks two simple questions.
1. How are you expected to behave at work? Check as many as apply (below is a list of dozens of adjectives.)
2. What are you really like? Check as many as apply (same list of adjectives)
From there the test extrapolates out how you feel you need to adjust your behavior at work, what your core personality is, and how those two ‘selves’ manifest in your current environment. The closer all the dots are, the happier you are. If they’re spread wide across the spectrum, you’re more likely to be under stress, feel those stresses more intensely, and be unhappy. People mostly get fired for a failure to adjust. It’s a behavior thing, not a competence thing.
But what if your “bad behavior” consists of having a tattoo?
Here are some snippets from my 3-page report:
- Setsu is a distinctly independent and individualistic person, strong-minded and determined. Venturesome, she will “stick her neck out” and take responsibility for risks when she believes she is right.
- Setsu is an ingenious and innovative problem-solver and troubleshooter.
- Authoritative in influencing others towards her goal; will get right down to business with as little small talk as necessary.
Imagine for a moment that your work-self and core self are at such severe odds that your core self has to pipe up every now and again. What would it say?
Would you agree with it?
Is it even on your side?
If you’re on twitter, let me know by tweeting #UDI271 and share your thoughts.
“…I hope all men of good‐will will be maladjusted until the good societies realize. I say very honestly that I never intend to become adjusted to segregation and discrimination.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We move through life based on acceptance by our peers… when things get emotionally challenging or don’t feel safe, the personality-driven person will panic. Living from your persona rather than your true self is “an agreement with mediocrity.”
— Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith