Keep an Eye on Ladder Climbers

A poll conducted for Shell Oil Co. by survey firm Peter D. Hart Research Associates reports on the wide range of attitudes that workers bring to their jobs. Based on interviews with 1,123 randomly selected adults and a statistical technique known as cluster analysis, the following six categories emerged as representative of the workforce.

(Match the category with its motto. If you match all six correctly, consider yourself a high achiever.)

1. Fulfillment Seekers wish to exercise their talents and make a difference in a team environment, even if they’re not likely to earn six figures.

2. High Achievers claim to have followed a career path since their youth. They have the highest level of education and the largest incomes.

3. Clock Punchers ended up with their jobs by chance. They are the least educated and least satisfied with their work.

4. Risk Takers switch jobs frequently in search of money-making opportunities and work experience.

5. Ladder Climbers stay with one (usually large) company where they stand up to the person in charge until they either get fired or succeed the boss.

6. Paycheque Cashers enjoy the steady salary and benefits of their blue collar jobs. They often lack a college degree.

A. “Movin’ on up…”

B. “Take this job and shove it!”

C. “Show me the money!”

D. “Workin’ for a livin’.”

E. “It’s not just a job, it’s an adventure.”

F. “I’ve wanted to be a technology

executive since I was 6 years old.”

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