Tetris and Workplace Management: Fitting Your Employees Together, Part 1
Tetris is one of the most recognized and loved games in the world. Translated into more than fifty languages and available on more than thirty gaming platforms, Tetris has evolved over the years to keep pace with technology while still relying on the same successful basic gameplay.
Although there is evidence to support the theory that playing Tetris actually makes you smarter, it has also been the target of hatred for employers. Tetris has distracted otherwise dedicated workers for hours on end as a productivity killer that rivals only Solitaire and Minesweeper.
To make up for these lost hours, we’d love to offer a way for you put that Tetris knowledge to good use. Each of the seven Tetraminoes (think “dominoes” or you’ll drive yourself insane trying to figure out how to pronounce it) reflects an employee personality type. If you want to know how your employees fit together, read on!
The J/L Pieces
J/L pieces have a firm foundation but are constantly reaching above and beyond. They’re familiar with the expectations of their job but need to spice things up in order to stay motivated. They do well at completing familiar tasks, but they also enjoy expanding beyond the routine. Whether it’s looking for a more efficient way to complete a project or changing a task to meet needs more effectively, they thrive on change. They tend to take charge on their own and don’t always check in to make sure they stay within their job description.
J/L pieces get along with everyone in the office and enjoy socializing. Their outgoing nature leads them to talk about their ambition, which may make coworkers uncomfortable if they are too critical.
Teamwork may be difficult for J/L pieces who enjoy completing tasks independently and tend to have difficulty collaborating with those who disagree. J/L pieces may benefit from training others: this provides them an opportunity to come up with creative ways to teach others to do a familiar task. Specific feedback is important for J/L pieces, who may think they’re helping when they’re actually trodding on others’ toes.
The T Piece
The T piece is frequently the most flexible employee in the office… and often the least appreciated. Employers and coworkers tend to take the T piece for granted, because she learns quickly and makes new tasks look effortless. This can often lead to low morale and lack of motivation to excel in her own job.
The T piece has difficulty expressing her opinions and may not feel like part of the team. She’ll benefit from being asked directly for her opinion, especially before others have expressed theirs. She adapts well to change and makes immediate modifications based on constructive criticism.
Small group projects are the perfect setting for the T piece to thrive. She also responds well to positive reinforcement for her contributions to let her know that her efforts are being acknowledged. A T piece sets a great example for other employees.
Do you have J/L or T pieces in your office? What ways have you discovered for helping them fit with the rest of the staff? Do you recognize yourself in one of these descriptions? Sound off in the comments below!
Want more? Be sure to check out part two of this Tetris series.
Until next time, keep expanding your brand!
An old ‘G’ that’s been working for QLP since it was in Bret’s basement – Jana has been writing since she made up a story about a Jana-Tiger that liked rocky road ice cream and got straight A’s. She enjoys writing about marketing and pop culture, posting a ‘Die Hard’ article as often as she’s allowed. She is inspired by the articles at Cracked and frequently wears a Snuggie in the office. You can also connect with Jana on Google+.