Can We Guess What Motivates You at Work?

By: Raj Chander
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About This Quiz

Did you know that the average person spends about 90,000 hours at work during their lifetime? That's the equivalent of over a decade in the office. Thanks to the increasing popularity of the modern gig economy and the loosening of restrictions on remote work, employees are now able to enjoy more freedom and work-life balance than ever before.

But at the end of the day, work is still work. Whether you do it at home in your pajamas or in a cubicle wearing khakis and a nice shirt, you are still going to spend a significant amount of your time at the office. Why wouldn't you want to enjoy it? You'd think more people would pick jobs they love, but that's just not the case. Employee engagement in the U.S. has hovered around 33% for the last five years, according to Gallup. That means approximately two-thirds of Americans don't find their work engaging.

But you don't have to find yourself in this category. By understanding what motivates you personally, you will be on the path to a satisfying job that keeps you happy and interested. Just get through this quiz, and we'll let you know what your biggest professional motivator is. Getting a job that gives you plenty of it is on you, however.

Let's begin with a simple one — which of these jobs is most similar to yours?

What did you study in college?

How long have you been working at your current company?

You're asked to work overtime — what is your response?

Coworkers are hosting an office party, what are you bringing?

How many times have you changed jobs in the last five years?

What compliment did your supervisor give you on your last evaluation?

Which of these things do you think is your biggest flaw at work?

What is your favorite perk about the place you work?

What did you imagine yourself doing for a career as a child?

What did your parents do for work when you were a kid?

If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be?

How often do you hang out with your coworkers outside of the office?

What is your current relationship status?

What kind of house do you live in?

What is one thing that would make you quit your job almost immediately?

How would you handle getting offered a job for a better salary at a different company?

What is the one thing that holds you back from success at work?

How often do you update your professional resume?

How often do you look to take courses or certifications to advance in your field?

How much does it matter what kind of people you work with?

What is the biggest compliment you can receive at the office?

How long do you want to work before retiring?

When you get home from work, what is the first thing you usually do?

Which of these is your favorite movie about work?

If you had to have a difficult conversation with a coworker, how would you handle it?

Which of these positive professional events makes you happiest?

Have you ever broken the rules of your office?

How important is it for you to help mentor the next generation in your field?

How do you plan on spending your days once you are done working?

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