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Which Office Item Are You?

Take this short quiz to find out which office item you are and get insights into your admin strengths! Disclaimer: The results are loosely based on the 16 Myers-Briggs personalities. This quiz is meant for fun only and in no way presents scientifically unquestionable results 😉. 

Quiz Questions

  • 1.
    1. When the office is discussing something, you ...
    • A.
      sit back and quietly observe.
      (Correlates to: The Stapler, The Cup of Tea, The Paperclip, The Pen Holder, The Keyboard, The Potted Plant, The Motivational Poster, The Sharpie)
    • B.
      enthusiastically engage.
      (Correlates to: The Pair of Scissors, The Rubber Band, The Note Pad, The 3D Printer, The Boardroom, The Computer Mouse, The Office Phone, The Master File)
  • 2.
    2. You may have to retrench some staff. Your decision ...
    • A.
      is mainly based on facts, like performance, or seniority.
      (Correlates to: The Stapler, The Pen Holder, The Keyboard, The Sharpie, The Pair of Scissors, The 3D Printer, The Boardroom, The Master File)
    • B.
      mostly takes into account your personal values and whom it would affect the least.
      (Correlates to: The Cup of Tea, The Paperclip, The Potted Plant, The Motivational Poster, The Rubber Band, The Note Pad, The Computer Mouse, The Office Phone)
  • 3.
    3. Having to write up the new handbook, you ...
    • A.
      make sure to leave out not a single detail in every possible policy.
      (Correlates to: The Stapler, The Cup of Tea, The Paperclip, The Pen Holder, The Boardroom, The Computer Mouse, The Office Phone, The Master File)
    • B.
      summarise important procedures, leaving the details open and flexible.
      (Correlates to: The Keyboard, The Potted Plant, The Motivational Poster, The Sharpie, The Pair of Scissors, The Rubber Band, The Note Pad, The 3D Printer)
  • 4.
    4. Your coworker told you about some new administration strategies. You ...
    • A.
      research evidence on their efficiency to judge if they're practical.
      (Correlates to: The Stapler, The Cup of Tea, The Keyboard, The Potted Plant, The Pair of Scissors, The Rubber Band, The Boardroom, The Computer Mouse)
    • B.
      immediately start imagining how they would improve your office.
      (Correlates to: The Paperclip, The Pen Holder, The Motivational Poster, The Sharpie, The Note Pad, The 3D Printer, The Office Phone, The Master File)
  • 5.
    5. You need to update your team. Of course, you choose to ...
    • A.
      send an email.
      (Correlates to: The Stapler, The Cup of Tea, The Paperclip, The Pen Holder, The Keyboard, The Potted Plant, The Motivational Poster, The Sharpie)
    • B.
      call a meeting.
      (Correlates to: The Pair of Scissors, The Rubber Band, The Note Pad, The 3D Printer, The Boardroom, The Computer Mouse, The Office Phone, The Master File)
  • 6.
    6. Your supervisor announced new procedures. You ...
    • A.
      find your friends to discuss the news in detail.
      (Correlates to: The Pair of Scissors, The Rubber Band, The Note Pad, The 3D Printer, The Boardroom, The Computer Mouse, The Office Phone, The Master File)
    • B.
      take some time to think this through in quiet.
      (Correlates to: The Stapler, The Cup of Tea, The Paperclip, The Pen Holder, The Keyboard, The Potted Plant, The Motivational Poster, The Sharpie)
  • 7.
    7. Your coworker put together an action plan that still needs some work. You ...
    • A.
      complement them on the parts they did well and leave the corrections to someone else.
      (Correlates to: The Cup of Tea, The Paperclip, The Potted Plant, The Motivational Poster, The Rubber Band, The Note Pad, The Computer Mouse, The Office Phone)
    • B.
      point out the flaws and suggest improvements.
      (Correlates to: The Stapler, The Pen Holder, The Keyboard, The Sharpie, The Pair of Scissors, The 3D Printer, The Boardroom, The Master File)
  • 8.
    8. Your office needs new equipment. You ...
    • A.
      wish you could buy all the latest tech.
      (Correlates to: The Paperclip, The Pen Holder, The Motivational Poster, The Sharpie, The Note Pad, The 3D Printer, The Office Phone, The Master File)
    • B.
      make a budget and work with what's possible.
      (Correlates to: The Stapler, The Cup of Tea, The Keyboard, The Potted Plant, The Pair of Scissors, The Rubber Band, The Boardroom, The Computer Mouse)
  • 9.
    9. Your employees are arguing about who does the next shift of overtime. You ...
    • A.
      help them talk it through and arrive at a compromise so everyone is happy.
      (Correlates to: The Cup of Tea, The Paperclip, The Potted Plant, The Motivational Poster, The Rubber Band, The Note Pad, The Computer Mouse, The Office Phone)
    • B.
      decide based on who did the last one, so it's fair.
      (Correlates to: The Stapler, The Pen Holder, The Keyboard, The Sharpie, The Pair of Scissors, The 3D Printer, The Boardroom, The Master File)
  • 10.
    10. In your normal work day, you ...
    • A.
      are prepared for all eventualities.
      (Correlates to: The Stapler, The Cup of Tea, The Paperclip, The Pen Holder, The Boardroom, The Computer Mouse, The Office Phone, The Master File)
    • B.
      like to take things as they come.
      (Correlates to: The Keyboard, The Potted Plant, The Motivational Poster, The Sharpie, The Pair of Scissors, The Rubber Band, The Note Pad, The 3D Printer)
  • 11.
    11. Your friends invited you, but you should finish a report. You ...
    • A.
      accept and ask for an extension of the deadline.
      (Correlates to: The Keyboard, The Potted Plant, The Motivational Poster, The Sharpie, The Pair of Scissors, The Rubber Band, The Note Pad, The 3D Printer)
    • B.
      decline so you can make the deadline.
      (Correlates to: The Stapler, The Cup of Tea, The Paperclip, The Pen Holder, The Boardroom, The Computer Mouse, The Office Phone, The Master File)
  • 12.
    12. Your assistant is struggling to complete a task. You explain it, ...
    • A.
      using lots of examples, metaphors, and comparisons.
      (Correlates to: The Paperclip, The Pen Holder, The Motivational Poster, The Sharpie, The Note Pad, The 3D Printer, The Office Phone, The Master File)
    • B.
      sticking to the facts and needed steps.
      (Correlates to: The Stapler, The Cup of Tea, The Keyboard, The Potted Plant, The Pair of Scissors, The Rubber Band, The Boardroom, The Computer Mouse)

Quiz Outcomes

  • 1.
    The Stapler
    As a stapler, you're hardworking, responsible and systematic. As long as you have all your staples, your admin style is quite reliable. If you get stuck, you'll try to fix it yourself first, but you always appreciate help from trusted sources.
  • 2.
    The Cup of Tea
    You're warm, gentle, thorough and enjoy being helpful, just like a hot, steaming cup of tea. In an admin setting, you're the equivalent of emotional glue that keeps everyone together. Just make sure to not stretch yourself too thin!
  • 3.
    The Paperclip
    The paperclip: A trusted companion that values cooperation and has a gentle approach to administration and the people in it. Your strengths are insight and organisation, with the flexibility to take on bigger loads than you anticipated - don't bend yourself out of shape, though!
  • 4.
    The Pen Holder
    The pen holder, sitting quietly in a corner, is full of surprises and helpful ideas. There's always some kind of order in what may appear to be chaos, and you improve your surroundings without much drama. Remember, however, that too much independence - especially in admin, where social contact isn't always given - can quickly turn into loneliness.
  • 5.
    The Keyboard
    A mechanical wonder, the keyboard isn't afraid to take a hit - admin related or otherwise. You value logic and can easily deal with mistakes coming your way. One of your strengths is analysing the data you receive, so just make sure not to miss the big story among all the words.
  • 6.
    The Potted Plant
    As a potted plant, your mere presence lifts spirits in the admin world. You not only want to create a pleasant environment, but one that is practical and in touch with reality. Being gentle and nurturing, there may be times when you have to water yourself, too - so to speak.
  • 7.
    The Motivational Poster
    You're inspirational, creative and have a growth mindset. Your sensitivity and loyalty help the people around you reach new heights and streamline their admin. But with a focus on dreams and possibilities, remember to ground yourself every now and then.
  • 8.
    The Sharpie
    There's no problem that can't be solved with a little imagination and out-of-the-box thinking. As a Sharpie, you enjoy thought experiments about admin procedures. When you keep the balance between your need for quiet and your desire to push boundaries, you're a real powerhouse.
  • 9.
    The Pair of Scissors
    Just like a pair of scissors, you can handle a wide variety of things (be it paperwork or cutting loose unnecessary weight). You like to put yourself out there while having a realistic view of your own skills. When you take a moment to "feel" a situation, you can turn your negotiation skills from "impressive" to "amazing".
  • 10.
    The Rubber Band
    Hello there, rubber band! You enjoy adding some fun to the office day, making people smile with your friendly spontaneity. Your flexibility and common sense make you a versatile helper - just make sure not too stretch yourself too thin!
  • 11.
    The Note Pad
    Like a blank page, you're full of potential - and see it in your coworkers, too. You like starting new projects; your enthusiasm and creativity quickly spread to the rest of the admin team. Be sure to use every page you have available to avoid ending up with a lot of unfinished ideas!
  • 12.
    The 3D Printer
    Ahead of your time, your head is full of possibilities, questions and strategies. You enjoy challenges, quickly transforming admin processes and latching onto new ideas. Don't forget to give your coworkers time to catch up!
  • 13.
    The Boardroom
    Your energy can't be contained in one simple item. With a focus on efficiency, you like to take charge and get things done, likely thriving in an admin setting. If you make an effort to consider others' input, your coworkers will appreciate your realistic opinions and dependable nature.
  • 14.
    The Computer Mouse
    As a computer mouse, you're organised, practical and reliable. Your interpersonal connections are just as important to you as being productive, and your friendly disposition draws people to you. Don't forget to keep your batteries charged up while you're out there quietly changing the admin world!
  • 15.
    The Office Phone
    As the office phone, you're great at connecting people. With a focus on responsibility and good organisation, you keep things running and communicate well with coworkers and clients. Remember to connect with yourself, too!
  • 16.
    The Master File
    You're the master file, the main organiser of your admin world. Even if you don't have a supervisory role, your strategic thinking skills combined with your outgoing, ambitious nature won't let you be overlooked. One of your main strengths is long-range planning, so make sure to balance that with some spontaneity and fun!