Whether you work alone or with colleagues in a small, informal business or a large, formal organization, you have a style of working and getting things done. Have you ever stopped to think about how you approach and complete your work and how the people whom you work closely with whether they are clients/customers or colleagues approach and complete their work? Certain combinations of work styles can result in a positive, productive and progressive work experience while other combinations may produce the opposite result.
Are you a bee, a bird or a beaver at work?
If you are a bee, you enjoy being busy, buzzing about and being involved with many people and situations all at the same time. You like to talk a lot and are uncomfortable being alone or out of the spotlight. You are often so busy that you fail to respond promptly, meet your objectives or fulfill your commitments. The new and innovative excites you and the tried and true bores you. You avoid drowning in the details and would prefer to leave that to someone else to handle on your behalf. You are often the first to step forward and volunteer to take on a responsibility only to soon find yourself overcommitted, overburdened and overwhelmed. You love to be the first to know the latest news or information and are eager to be the first to share it with others. You may be perceived by clients/customers and colleagues as doing a lot of busyness rather than business or talking a lot yet saying very little. Initially, you may be excited and focused on a task but when it gets boring and tedious, you may not complete it as you have moved on to a more attractive opportunity. You are a strong starter/builder and a weak finisher/maintainer. If you are in your own business or are employed by one, you need to build your level of credibility so that it matches your level of visibility, see the value of details, discipline and direction, stop talking and start listening, commit to finish what you start and look for opportunities to make a great last impression.
If you are a bird, you enjoy brainstorming, belonging and being with others. Flying solo is not for you. You are rarely alone and always find ways to collaborate with others on a task or project. While you like the sound of your own voice, you are most comfortable when you get to hear the ideas, thoughts and opinions of others. You like being part of a team/group and thrive on their approval, affection and appreciation. You are loyal and look for ways to help others to complete their work before you have even started to complete your own. You see each of your achievements as a team rather than a solo effort. You love to go to meetings as you feel lonely and isolated at your desk. You feel undeserving when you are singled out to take on a new role or project or to receive any reward or recognition. You shy away from the spotlight and prefer to blend into the crowd as much as possible. From your perch, you do see the big picture and go out of your way to share it with others. If you work in your own business or are employed by one, it is important that you find ways to take care of yourself first, to be the first to step forward and take on solo projects, to carve out your own brand and identity, to step out of your comfort zone and into the spotlight and to trust and believe in yourself and your gifts, skills, abilities and talents.
If you are a beaver, you enjoy building and bridging. You ensure that every hour of your work day is devoted to doing valuable work and feel unworthy and uncomfortable being idle even for a moment. While you feel that you are always productive, you may find that you are not always progressive. You want to have all of the tools, materials and information at hand before proceeding with a task or project. If you are uninformed or uncomfortable, you are happy to build barriers or block progress if someone or something does not meet with your standards of excellence. At the same time, you can be the first to find ways to build bridges. You are the one that can always be counted on to silently sit in meetings while others waste valuable time and money arguing and posturing then come up with a brilliant idea or solution or broker a truce between the opposing parties that breaks the log jam and moves everything forward with ease and speed. To you, it’s all in the details. While clients/customers and colleagues may initially find your slow, deliberate pace and obsessive attention to detail frustrating, they always end up showering you with praise and gratitude. If you work in your own business or are employed by one, you want to build your level of visibility so that it matches your level of credibility, ensure that you get and stay out of your own way, commit to excellence rather than perfection, learn to embrace the big picture and build successful and sustainable relationships with clients/customers and colleagues.
Take a moment and assess whether you are a bee, a bird or a beaver at work and ensure that you are doing whatever you can to be the most proactive, positive, productive and progressive at work.