authentic communication

Authentic Work Communication Assessment

How Authentic Are You in Your Communication at Work?

To take this informal assessment, jot down which of the three statements you relate with most: A, B, or C. You can tabulate your score by hand at the end of the assessment.

  • 1. Lack of Presence

    1. I am distracted because I have so much to do. I pay attention to the things that are important to me.
    2. I am present when I am with my team.
    3. I am intentional about being present in all of my conversations.
  • 2. Multiple Identities

    1. I am a different person at work.
    2. I can be myself with some people at work.
    3. I am the same person everywhere, all the time.
  • 3. Fear of Conflict

    1. I don’t want to go out on a limb or hurt anyone’s feelings. I avoid confrontation.
    2. When a miscommunication has gone too far I will do something.
    3. I clarify as I go, without letting things build up or needing to make people wrong.
  • 4. Invulnerability

    1. I don’t open myself up to speculation and criticism.
    2. I share my mistakes when it’s safe, with people who know me well.
    3. I don’t know everything. I’m still learning. I’m interested in what others think.
  • 5. Undeveloped Emotional Intelligence

    1. People need to get over it and get on board.
    2. I understand people’s concerns but there’s nothing I can do.
    3. I prioritize making the workplace more human in order to build trust.
  • 6. Inability to Lighten Up

    1. We can have fun if we’re on budget. Otherwise it’s not a priority.
    2. It’s important that team members enjoy being together for collaboration.
    3. If we can’t laugh, if it’s not fun, it will never be extraordinary.
  • 7. Going Along Instead of Speaking Up

    1. I don’t want to go against popular opinion. I want to be seen as a team player.
    2. If an issue involves my team directly, I am more likely to speak up.
    3. We will tap into the best ideas if everyone has a voice.
  • 8. Blame Game

    1. People need to step up and own their mistakes. I lay blame where blame is due.
    2. I don’t jump to conclusions with my team, but I blame other people in the company when things go wrong.
    3. I give people the benefit of the doubt until I can learn what happened, identify the learning and help insure it doesn’t happen again.
  • 9. Failing to Walk the Talk

    1. It’s impossible when my boss says one thing and does another.
    2. I try hard to deliver on my commitments.
    3. People pay attention to what I do. If I say one thing and do another there is no trust.
  • 10. Resignation

    1. I can’t impact the direction of this company.
    2. I look out for my team and pick the battles I can win.
    3. If we are intentional about authentic communication we will unlock innovation and productivity.

A = 1; B = 2; C= 3

1 – 10Fear is holding you back from communicating authentically.
11 – 15You are moving in the right direction with room to grow. You may appear to be unavailable.
16 – 20You communicate authentically about half of the time.
21 – 25You communicate authentically the majority of the time.
26 — 30You are consistently authentic in your communications. You enjoy the trust of others who are inspired to offer their best ideas. You are viewed as a reliable and one who restores sanity in an inconsistent world. You challenge yourself and others to lean into greatness, which is the ultimate Influence Factor.

At Interact, we help you stretch your limits by learning to communicate in a more authentic way. Give us a call today at 704.374.0423. Or, send a note to Julie Haldane at and request an appointment. We’re a friendly bunch and we would love to talk.