Psychological Profiling Anyone?

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Anyone that has ever worked in a large organization has probably attended a "Staff Appreciation" event of some sort. These things can either go one of two ways: the day ends up being lots of fun with a great guest speaker, good food, and the chance to catch up with people you often only communicate with via email. Or. Or you sit there wanting to stab your eyes out, wondering what the hell your Human Resources department was thinking and if they actually work for the same organization as you do.

Friday we had a "staff appreciation day". I did not want to stab my eyes out. Bonus.

The guest speaker was actually a dude that had been on Opera. Being on Opera totally validates his existence, right? I need a sarcasm font. But seriously, dude was good. He managed to keep me entertained for two hours which is no small accomplishment. He started his spiel talking about the workforce of today. How the millenials (young people just leaving school) are going to change the face of the work place. How these millenials have grown up thinking that it is their god given right to have the "perfect" life handed to them, complete with an entry level job paying 60 grand a year, one months holidays and a pension plan (or 401K for those in the states) all wrapped neatly in a bow. What happens if they don't get it? Why they will sick their mommy on you of course. Don't laugh, it happens. We see it everyday in post-secondary education and it's going to happen in the workforce, you mark my words.

Anyway, after about the first 15 minutes one of my co-workers turned to me and said, "He's stealing your act, I heard you give this exact spiel years ago". One of my favorite soapboxes to get on is the state of workforce and the effect the teacup generation is going to have on that workforce. Work 40 hour weeks? Screw that, I have an xbox game to wrap. Overtime? Yeah right, I have a standing mani/pedi appointment every Thursday at 5:00 that I will not miss for any damn employer. You don't think I'm doing my job correctly? Well fuck you I quit. Ask anyone that works in Human Resources and they'll tell you their biggest concern today is finding dedicated staff that are willing to work. Hell, they don't even have to be qualified, they just need to be willing to work a full week.

Here's my question: What happens when these millenials are running the country/countries? It's scary folks, scary scary shit.

Okay, it wasn't all doom and gloom. He gave us a bit of a psychological profiling diddy. Want to play? Of course you do.

Think about your favorite colour and write down three adjectives describing that color.

Think about your favorite animal and write down three words describing that animal.

Now, think about an all white room. The walls are white, the floor is white, there is no sound in the room, no windows, everything is white. Now list three words to describe how that room makes you feel.

Lastly, think about a body of water. Any body of water whether it's an ocean, river, stream whatever. List three words describing that body of water.

Do it. It's fun. I'll come back tomorrow and tell you what your answers mean. I'll also give you my answers which will have you pissing yourself laughing. If you want to share your answers in the comments please do!

20 comments:

MiMi said...
June 7, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Oooh, I love psychological crap.
Okay, let's see...
RED:
vibrant
eye-catching
happy
DOGS:
loyal
friendly
loving
The white room:
Boring
Lonely
Shit (don't know why)
Pacific Ocean:
HUMONGOUS
Beautiful
Deadly

Alright. I'm batshit crazy, ain't I?

MindyMom said...
June 7, 2010 at 2:30 PM

I agree completely with your take on the the millenials. Makes me wonder why I cant find a job.

For my profile:

Blue-green - cool, comforting, relaxing

Horse - powerful, graceful, beautiful

White room - bored, uninspired, lonely

Water - Ocean - vast, refreshing, soothing

Now how fucked up am I?

middleagedcrazywoman said...
June 7, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Oh... I'm scared but what the hell - I know I'm crazy already..

1. GREEN - fresh, alive & clean
2. Cat - furry, warm & 'tudish
3. Okay, first I need to turn the music off as every time I start to think I wanna sing along with Great Big Sea.. calm, serene & empty
4. body of water - waves, rhythmic & open.

So? How insane am I?

Salt said...
June 7, 2010 at 2:43 PM

I hate millenials. There. I said it. Entitlement makes me stabby.

Profile me!

Green: It's weird thinking of an adjective that describes an adjective. How about...Peaceful, Cool, Sad.

Cat: Independent, Intuitive, Mysterious.

The White Room: Lonely. Angsty. Afraid. Like seriously. Is there a door? How do I get out?

Menopausal New Mom said...
June 7, 2010 at 2:50 PM

No kidding about the next generation of workers. I saw a show recently about just that and how the parents are going to job interviews, setting up the workstations for their "kids" and even calling the boss when they don't like employee reviews their kids receive. It will be a screwed up world for sure, good thing most jobs will be replaced by computers by then ;)

And no, I'm not giving any answers to the quiz, I already know I'm a trainwreck, don't need it confirmed!

Mrsblogalot said...
June 7, 2010 at 3:17 PM

I got to purple -magical, powerful and soothing and got all confused in the white room. I think I even started sweating a little.

Please, don't even tell me what that means.

And as a member (hopefully just a temporary member) of the HR club....if they're breathing, you take 'em.

The Work ethics school programs must have been cut long ago. For the most part, it is nowhere to be found.

Mae Rae said...
June 7, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Okay, i am all set with my answers, you don't really need them do you? And without a doubt in my mind, this world is in for a big freaking shock, this is already happening. I work with a lot of millenials and it is pretty scary how much I want to crack them upside the head.

advocatemom said...
June 7, 2010 at 5:42 PM

If those melinials figure out how to pull it off, I will become one of them. Weekly pedicure, big salary, and a month of vacation sounds pretty good.

I cannot believe you are making me wait a whole day to figure out the psychological stuff! Jeeze!! I'm a right now kinda gal. :-)

Erin said...
June 7, 2010 at 6:56 PM

I haven't done this in a long time, but I'm leery of posting my answers publicly b/c I believe one of the questions has to do with sex or something...lol! Will be sure to come back tomorrow!

Quixotic said...
June 7, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Oh, no fair!!! I want instant gratification!!! Hmm, possibly I'm a millenial (we call 'em Gen Y).

OK, here are my answers:

Blue – Calm, Peaceful, Pretty
Dog – loyal, happy, protective
White room – solitary, bored, restless
Ocean – rhythmic, powerful, alive

adrienzgirl said...
June 7, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Oh alright. I'll play your silly little game of psycho babble.

Pink: Pretty, girly, sweet.

Black panther: sleek, stealth and agile.

White room: quiet, peaceful, happy

Body of water: cool, wet, refreshing

And the millenials? I'd like to go ahead and off myself before they start running shit. Just sayin'. We'll be alright. Isn't the world ending in 2012 or something anyway?

gayle said...
June 7, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Purple: bright,exciting,alive
Horse: free, powerfully, lively
White Room: clean, fresh, lonely
Ocean: peaceful, calming, everlasting

Logical Libby said...
June 8, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Your just going to tell me I hate my mother and want to sleep with farm animals.

It will be just like camp all over again.

Eternally Distracted said...
June 8, 2010 at 3:06 AM

I'll have to come back and do the psychology malarky but in the meantime I just have to tell you that we had someone new start yesterday (she flew in from another country)... she called the office in tears yesterday to tell us she was lonely because she had no one to sleep with!!! Yep, she did!!

blueviolet said...
June 8, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Ok, I'm ready. Can't wait to hear the results!

Angie said...
June 8, 2010 at 8:48 AM

I'm in... if it's not too late!

Blue. Soft, Relaxing, Calm

Dog. Loyal, Noisy, Companion

(white room) Bored, Alone, Unsure

(water) relaxing, flowing, wet

Salt said...
June 8, 2010 at 11:39 AM

OH AND I PICK OCEAN!

Powerful, vast, relaxing.

The Only Girl said...
June 8, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Darn! I read today's post in my Reader before this post. So now I've ruined the fun for myself!

That'll teach me for being so busy yesterday.

*LLUVIA* said...
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*LLUVIA* said...
June 11, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Ooohhh...! I love this! I'm so glad I read this post before the other one!! :D

favorite colour
GREEN
natural
simple
soothing

Think about your favorite animal
DOG
loyal
happy
fun


Now list three words to describe how that room makes you feel.
boring
sad
lonely


Lastly, think about a body of water.

OCEAN:
blue
refreshing
Dangerous