Career Information Hotline

Toll Free 1-800-661-3753

Edmonton 780-422-4266

Guest Account Sign In Sign Up

How Does Your Attitude Measure Up?

A positive attitude makes work and life more rewarding. Good things seem to happen to people with positive attitudes.

Because they seem to be full of energy and enthusiasm, positive people are fun to be with. On the other hand, negative people can be challenging to be around.

You may spend up to 40% of your waking hours at work. Since your attitude goes a long way toward making work a pleasure or a pain, it makes sense to take a positive attitude with you to work!

To find out how positive your attitude is, try the following quick quiz.

Take the quick attitude quiz

Beside each question, write the number for the response that best describes you most of the time. Work quickly and go with your first reaction.

Yes – 3   Sometimes – 2    No – 1

___  Are you dependable and responsible?

___  Do you respect other people's opinions?

___  Are you optimistic even when others are not?

___  Do you easily adapt to new and unexpected situations?

___  Do you try not to complain?

___  Do you respect other people’s beliefs?

___  Do you speak positively about your employers and teachers?

___  Do you become negative when things don’t go your way?

___  Do you feel well most of the time?

___  Are you the kind of friend you want others to be?

___  Do you follow directions well and ask questions when necessary?

___  Can you disagree without being disagreeable?

___  Do you organize your work and keep up with it?

___  Are you a courteous driver?

___  Do you take responsibility for your mistakes?

___  Do you usually speak positively about others?

___  Is it easy for you to like most people?

___  Can you accept criticism without resenting it or feeling hurt?

___  Can you stick to a boring task?

___  Do you generally see the bright side of things?

___  Do you recognize your weaknesses and try to correct them?

___  Can you work with someone you dislike?

___  Do you avoid feeling sorry for yourself?

___  Are you usually enthusiastic about whatever you do?

___  Are you courteous and do you follow the basic rules of politeness,
      like saying “please” and “thank you”?

___  Are you courteous even when you’re unhappy?

___  Is your personal appearance and grooming appropriate for your workplace?

___  Are you interested in the interests of others?

___  Are you honest and sincere?

___  Do you keep your promises?

___  Are you friendly?

___  Can you handle being teased, when it’s appropriate?

___  Do you control your temper?

___  Are you a good listener?

___  Are you usually punctual?


Scoring: Add up your score. There are 35 questions so the highest possible total is 105. Check the ratings below.

95–105: Terrific! You really are a positive person.

75–94:   Well done. Your positive attitude will take you far.

45–74:   Be aware that you are a bit negative sometimes.

Less than 45: Try to improve your attitude, especially in the areas where you responded with a 1.

Discover the value of a positive attitude

A positive attitude lets you find satisfaction in every aspect of your life. Your positives will help you:

  • adapt to change
  • find work and keep it
  • build your career
  • balance your lifestyle
  • make the most of learning opportunities
  • create more satisfying relationships

People are not usually born with positive or negative attitudes. They learn them through experience. This means you can get rid of a negative attitude that does not support you and replace it with a positive one that does.

Was this page useful?