Do you champion autonomy and push your creative boundaries on the job? Take our test to find out if you’re an independent thinker at work.1. Your job demands fixed timings. You:A. Negotiate a flexible work schedule with your managementB. Silently struggle during working hoursC. Willingly punch in and out of office every day
2. When asked to contribute to a pitch for a new project, you:A. Come up with a new plan or creative conceptB. Develop a creative concept, but feel hesitant to share itC. Take the tried and tested route that guarantees success
3. ‘Work is not supposed to be fun. That’s why it’s called work’, says a colleague. Your response?A. Make a list of things you can do to make your co-workers’ smileB. Believe that excitement is good but do nothing to make it happenC. Agree4. When there’s a disagreement at work between seniors and team members you:A. Raise it on your ownB. Ask your colleagues to speak up with youC. Stay silent because you feel it’s risky to share your concerns 5. What do you do when you know your manager is wrong?A. Share your point of view to drive a meaningful discussionB. Avoid voicing your real thoughtsC. You believe the boss is always right6. To you, being empowered at work means:A. Being allowed to choose what you work onB. Responsibility with less accountabilityC. Letting your manager define your role7. When it appears you won’t make a deadline because of circumstances outside your control, you may:A. Have an emotional outburstB. Seem mildly irritatedC. Find ways to blame others
8. When you’re in a meeting room full of people who just can’t keep up, you:A. Listen, because you believe you can learn something from everyone B. Argue, or shut them down, telling them why their idea is wrong or won’t workC. Are okay with going slower 9. Failure is:A. An important and valued part of the learning processB. The feeling that everyone else is doing something great but meC. Slacking at work and getting caught for it10. How would you describe your work style?A. Experimenting to see what works bestB. Following the same routine despite knowing it’s a waste of your potentialC. Big believer in standardized processes
If you’re mostly A’s, you’re a Workplace Freedom Fighter! A person who forges ahead with new ideas and initiatives, you’re unafraid of confrontation. You hold yourself accountable at work and aren’t afraid to make mistakes. Yes, you may need to work on keeping your emotions in check, but even so you’re an asset to your organization. If you’re mostly B’s, you need to add more freedom to your work life.There's a ton of research that proves employees who exercise autonomy regularly at work are happier and more productive. Clearly, you want more freedom at work but are having a hard time motivating yourself to pursue it. Could it be because you are pursuing something you don't personally value? Maybe it's time to #FindBetter here.If you're mostly C's, you need to improve your ambition at workYou can improve and develop your ambition the same way you work on any other skill. Begin by looking at people who are excited by their jobs - when you #LoveWhatYouDo, you work with enthusiasm because it’s a career that’s right for you. Don't let yourself get stuck in a rut. Set goals, unleash your creativity and aim for greatness.