How Knowing Your ‘Bird Type’ Can Help You Get Ahead In The Office

Are you a dove, owl, peacock or eagle?

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Offices can be funny things. They’re where we spend 50% of our time, hanging out with people that we wouldn’t normally cross paths with in our everyday lives. Sometimes, this can be a great thing, as you can end up meeting people you really click with. Other times, it’s glaringly obvious that the only thing in common is the company you work for. But regardless of whether of not you’ve got an office bestie, it’s vital for your career progression (and sanity) to get along with your workmates. The first step to building strong inter-office relationships (and we’re not talking about a fling with the mailroom boy) is understanding the different personalities you’re working with. That’s why career expert Richard Stephenson created the DOPE personality test.

Nope, it’s not a test to check whether you’re cool or if you’re using performance-enhancing drugs. DOPE stands for the four bird types: Dove, Owl, Peacock and Eagle. The test is based around the idea that in the workplace, everyone fits into one of these four categories. Finding out which bird you are can give you valuable insights into your work personality.

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Much like your sleep animal, it can help make you become more aware of your strengths and weaknesses. It can also give you a better understanding of why the people around you act the way they do. It’ll help you realise that your ‘bossy’ manager is really just spreading his eagle wings, or that the girl in accounting who never says “hi” is just a laser focused owl! So the next time you encounter a challenge or conflict in the office, you’ll know exactly how to approach it. To find out which ‘bird type’ you are take our quiz below, or keep scrolling to learn about the different types.

The Four Bird Types

1. The Dove

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Doves are peaceful, friendly and generally very pleasant to work with. They’re warm, sympathetic and are usually able to look at most situations from multiple perspectives. They’re reliable and are great listeners and team players. They tend to avoid conflict and confrontation and don’t like to kick up too much of a fuss in the workplace. Doves usually make great teachers and counsellors.

2. The Owl

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Owls are analytical, methodical and super organised. They have a great attention to detail and love structure. While they’re extremely logical, it can take them a while to make decision as they need to have all the facts. They tend to be good with numbers and thrive in data-driven careers like engineering, financial services, digital analytics or science.

3. The Peacock

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If you’re known for being the life of the party or a ‘people person’, you’re probably a peacock. They’re usually outgoing, cheerful and extroverted. They’re also enthusiastic and great with people, but can also be quite impatient, impulsive and inattentive to details. Peacocks thrive in roles that involve chatting to people, like sales, marketing and PR.

4. The Eagle

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Eagles are born leaders, thanks to their bold and decisive personalities. They’re driven, motivated and never shy away from the opportunity to lead others. They’re often described as having type A personalities or being high achievers. However, they can sometimes come across as too domineering or outspoken in the workplace. Eagles make great CEOs or department managers.