Work Style Descriptions


We all have preferences in the way we approach work. The 6 Work Style Preferences are like a Rainbow, each with its own characteristic color, quality or attributes as described below.

  1. The Realistic Work Style – DOERS
  2. The Social Work Style – HELPERS
  3. The Investigative Work Style tend to be PROBLEM-SOLVERS
  4. The Enterprising Work Style- PERSUADERS
  5. The Artistic Work Style – CREATORS
  6. The Conventional Work Style – ORGANIZERS


People with a dominant REALISTIC WORK STYLE like to move around physically. Sitting at a desk all day is not their idea of a great job. They like to tinker with machines, tools, objects that require the use of mechanical skills, motor coordination, and involve using the physical body more than the mind. They can be found in anything from construction to personal training, where they are surrounded by athletic equipment, or in landscaping work taking care of plants, or working in any number of jobs with animals, tools, equipment.

People with a Dominant Realistic Preference want work focused on “action solutions” rather than tasks depending on verbal or interpersonal skills. They are fine with repetitive actions as long as they know what’s expected of them.

Be clear with your instructions to “Doers”, show them step-by-step exactly what you want. They take a concrete approach to problem-solving. They have no patience with people who talk abstract theory to them. But if you want to get a job done, look for a Realistic Work Type. They take pride in getting the job done.


People with a dominant SOCIAL WORK STYLE seek out jobs in service or helping occupations, where they can teach, counsel, inform, lead, motivate, coach, guide, protect, advise, mediate, plan, develop or entertain using their language skills. They are “The Helpers” in society. They gravitate to the helping professions and can be found in health care, home care, education, industries that provide a service, wherever they see a need to serve others.

They are outspoken and independent, but also work well on teams. They thrive in positions that permit close interaction with people, where they can use their skill with words. Their workstyle is people-oriented and they are approachable and friendly, comforting and kind. They are less likely to be found engaging in intellectual debate, and they don’t tend to involve themselves in a lot of physical activity.


People with a dominant INVESTIGATIVE WORK STYLE prefer to think rather than to act, to organize and understand rather than to persuade. They are oriented toward getting to the bottom of things.

Curious and observant, they will evaluate and analyze, and figure out what makes things tick. They like to work behind the scenes, independently investigating what has their attention at the moment. But the moment they have found the solution, they are off in search of another problem to solve. These are the “Problem Solvers” of the world. They are found in any kind of work that involves observing, analyzing, understanding and reaching a solution to a problem. It could be computer technology, dental health, telecommunications, transportation, medicine, psychology, whatever happens to fascinate and tweak their interest. They spend a lot of their time in the world of possibilities thinking.


People with a dominant ENTERPRISING WORK STYLE are gifted in the use of words. They like to use this skill in persuading others to do things their way. These are “The Persuaders”. They value prestige and status in society and many are found in public office.

They have quick minds and make decisions easily. They have no problem with public speaking, and can easily think on their feet. They are assertive, self-confident, ambitious and like to be ‘The Boss’. They enjoy excitement and are open to risk taking. They are natural leaders, influencing, managing and promoting their opinions through their personal power. They naturally use their persuasive powers to make lots of money. They do well in sales, business management, organizational leadership, wherever they have the opportunity to shine in the public eye.


People with a dominant ARTISTIC WORK STYLE are fascinated with expressing themselves through a creative medium. It can be writing, painting, acting, dance, music, photography, design, film, computer animation ― the form the media takes is determined by whatever catches their interest.

They are driven to create through an innovative, intuitive, imaginative focus, that expresses what they know from their inner being. They contribute to the world and connect with others through their artistic expression. Structured situations cramp their creativity. They are sensitive and more emotional than any other Work Style.

Fitting into society and following what everyone else is doing, is a low priority with them. They are independent thinkers and may even be seen as eccentric by some. They are here for one thing, and that is to express their creativity, not to please the majority. They are “The Creators”.


People with a dominant CONVENTIONAL WORK STYLE are comfortable with rules and regulations. They love to work within established systems such as accounting procedures, government, civil service, the public service, the law and the education system.

They are traditionalists, who like to preserve the past. They are natural-born organizers, and pride themselves in their consistency, caution, and orderliness. They have been called “The Organizers” of the workplace, and strive to make things run smoothly. They prefer to work with data, having a clerical and numerical facility. They like to take notes, make lists, and keep accurate records. They relish creating detailed plans to be followed.

They are efficient, sociable, and co-operative. They prefer structure and order to ambiguity and change, in both work and interpersonal situations. They tend to be methodical, do not spend much time in the world of imagination, and are not known for adapting easily to change. They place great value on prestige/status and obeying the Rule of Law.

Which of these is your work style?

To find out, go and download your copy of Career Manual 1 – Five Career Tests.
In this career manual you will find the Work Styles Inventory, the Work Values Inventory, the Multiple Intelligences Inventory, the Personality Test and the Central Motivations Quiz, ready to take. Follow the quick and easy explanation on how to do the Work Styles Inventory in your career manual.


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