What is a "Workplace style"?

An important goal of talent management is ensuring successful hires. This objective has fueled an industry of behavioral scientists, organizational psychologists and occupational research. IBM and Kenexa have developed an Occupational Personality Inventory (OPI) that calibrate an individual’s personality in the workplace and provides a thorough profile of an individual’s style which can be used to inform role selection and placement. The OPI provides an established method to assess the group of traits composing your Workplace style. You respond to a set of 250 questions by choosing the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement. Your answers are processed and result in describing your workplace style for 20 traits. This gives you a way to explore, understand and describe what is important to the way you work. At TalentAlgo, we use this OPI to measure your workplace style.

As part of building your TalentAlgo profile, you can elect to find out more about your workplace style by answering a questionnaire once signed up. This will provide you with your position on a five-point scale for each of the 20 traits grouped into four high-level categories:

  • Motivation - What drives you to succeed?
  • Relationship Style - How do I relate with others?
  • Thinking Style - How do I process information and solve problems? Do I perform well with theory, creativity, statistics, scientific method and analytics?
  • Work Style - How do I do my job? How do I get results?

Examples of these traits include Self-confidence, Influence and Persuasiveness, Analytical Thinking, Attention to Detail, Conformity and Authority to name a handful.

While it is likely that you already know a bit about your “workplace style,” it is helpful for you to understand where you fall on the scale for each of these traits as measured more formally. Not only is this valuable information for you, these results provide our algorithm with additional information to compare you to the defined target described for a role by a hiring group. Aligning your style measures with the job profile preferences will more precisely identify your fit for a specified job.

Let’s look at some workplace style examples.

Below, we show several examples of the range of values for sample traits: Competitiveness, Openness to Change and Independence to help you understand better what these traits are and how the range of measures for each includes a spectrum of values. It is important to understand that there are no right answers for these traits; this is simply a reflection of your personal style

  • Competitiveness is a Motivation trait that conveys whether a person is more or less competitive with a range that covers:
    • Highly Accommodating - You are extremely team oriented, someone who cares deeply about their team and teammates above individual accomplishments. Someone who in the "spirit” of teamwork and collaboration, puts teamwork above individual accolades.
    • Accommodating - You are team oriented. You are someone who puts aside their personal goals and works well with others.
    • Balanced – You maintain a balance between team oriented and competitive.
    • Competitive - You are competitive by nature and seek to be as good or better than others of a comparable level.
    • Aggressive - You are extremely competitive and look to be more successful than others. You have a strong desire to win and compare your results against others.

Let's now look at Openness to Change which is a Work Style trait that conveys whether a person is more or less open to change and the range covers:

  • Structured - You very pleased with routine. You are not comfortable with change and find it concerning.
  • Relatively Structured - You are careful to maintain routine. You are uneasy with change, but not entirely resistant to new things.
  • Balanced - You maintain a balance between being Structured and Adaptable.
  • Relatively Adaptable - You are willing to consider change and not resistant to new things.
  • Adaptable - You open to new things, willing to try new ideas and consider the results.

Let's also look at Independence which is a Relationship Style trait that measures whether a person is more or less independent where the range spans:

  • Strongly prefers teamwork - You strongly prefer teamwork, working as part of a team rather than working individually.
  • Prefers teamwork - You prefer working as part of a team rather than working as a single contributor.
  • Balanced - You maintain a balance between someone who strongly prefers teamwork and is highly independent.
  • Independent - You are someone who does not rely on other individuals to perform your duties.
  • Highly Independent - You strongly prefer to work free from others influence, control or support.

These examples illustrate the range of trait-specific styles and underscore that, although styles are different, one is not better than another.

Profile based matching

When considering a job, the right fit is important for you. When looking for the right person to join your team, you want to know that your new hire will fit with the team and succeed. To deliver this it is important to have a good profile – of both the role and correspondingly for each candidate.

So, what is a good profile? And how will this help provide a more precise fit? At TalentAlgo, we strongly believe that your profile should be both broad and deep.

Broad to highlight the full range of:

  • What you know
  • What you have done
  • Your preferences, and
  • Your workplace style

Deep to provide clear insight into your specific capabilities, experience, achievements and outlook.

TalentAlgo provides tools to help you build your profile – from describing your education and work timeline, through selecting your skills and proficiencies and helping you chart your workplace style.

How does Workplace style help you find the right job in the right group?

One of the most important determinants of an employee succeeding in a job is alignment of the candidate’s style with the "culture" of the group, style of the team and expectations of the role. For example, imagine that you are being considered for a job where the ideal candidate is an individual contributor who will work independently. If you strongly prefer teamwork, this role may not be the best fit for you.

In another role, the manager is looking for a leader who will take charge of the team. Your personal Motivation style on the trait of Authority shows that you strongly prefer to be in position of authority to directly influence others' decisions. Your assessment for this trait supports you as a good fit for this role.

Aligning the results of your workplace style survey with the culture and style defined by the hiring manager for a role allows our algorithm to match you to the right job with precision.

Enhance your profile with our workplace style survey and let TalentAlgo find your next job with precision.