The Rate-Your-Manager Test!

Here's a test that everyone has been waiting for (without really knowing it). This Rate-Your-Manager Test will tell you how good your manager is, and how he/she compares to other managers around the world.

But first a question:

How Motivated Are You to Do Your Work Well?

IMPORTANT! Please answer this question first, on a scale of 1 to 5!

(1 = Not Motivated at All and 5 = Extremely Motivated).

My Motivation = ……

And now, here is the Rate-Your-Manager Test…

Answer the following 12 questions by circling one of three possible answers.

Question No Can't Decide Yes
Does your manager let you know what is expected of you at work? -1 0 +1
Does your manager supply you with the materials and equipment you need to do your work right? -1 0 +1
Does your manager give you the opportunity to do what you do best (what you're good at) every day? -1 0 +1
Did your manager recently give you recognition or praise for doing good work? -1 0 +1
Does your manager seem to care about you as a person? -1 0 +1
Does your manager encourage you to work on your (self-)development? -1 0 +1
Does your manager make your opinion count? -1 0 +1
Does your manager make you feel that your job is important? -1 0 +1
Is your manager committed to doing quality work? -1 0 +1
Would you be able to (or willing to) turn your manager into a friend? -1 0 +1
Has your manager recently talked to you about the progress (of your work)? -1 0 +1
Did your manager recently give you the opportunity (time/resources) to learn and grow? -1 0 +1

The questions have been taken and adapted from the book First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently.

These 12 questions should give you a total anywhere between -12 and +12.

Now the last part… Please submit your results in the comments (anonymously if you want), or send them to me via email, like this (example):

My Motivation = 4

My Manager's Rating = +3

I will use your results to plot the following graph (which I will update once per day):


Last update: Mon 24th (8:00pm GMT+1)

It will be most interesting to see if there's a correlation between good managers and people's motivation.

Currently, my hypothesis is that bad managers can have both unmotivated and motivated employees. And good managers should have more motivated people. But let's see how my hypothesis works out…

If I'm wrong, it would give me a good reason to stop managing and get back to coding…

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  • Ivo

    My Motivation = 4
    My Manager’s Rating = +8

  • Jurgen

    My motivation = 4
    My manager’s rating = +2

  • Murphy

    My motivation = 5
    My manager’s rating = +10
    However, I’d like to note that there may be restraints on the “hard requirements” listed above (regarding resources like equipment or time) the manager isn’t able to overcome by any means; the more important it is to stress the “soft” points, which IMHO are the key factors that make a manager a good one anyway… So I suggest that one may rethink the point system and count +/- 2 points for the soft skills.

  • Anonymous

    My motivation +4
    Manager Rating -4
    Rarely see my manager, even if I want to. In the four months he has been my manager I have asked to see him lots of times and actually seen him three times for a total of less than one hour.
    However, I am really motivated as other people in the business can see the work I am doing and are appreciative of it. I am also a self-motivator and am working on projects for the business that my manager doesn’t even know about!

  • Dan

    My motivation: 2
    My manager’s rating: -3
    (Actually I based this on my previous job which I have just quit out of dissatisfaction …)

  • Anonymous

    My Motivation = 3
    My Manager’s Rating = -10

  • Kmilo

    My Motivation = 3
    My Manager’s Rating = -1
    I think you see a manager like someone who has a lot of personal interest in his personal, maybe too much.

  • Kmilo

    Loook like my primary language (spanish) has a meaning for personal that English doesn’t.
    What I want to say with personal was people

  • Murphy

    @Kmilo: You’re looking for the word “personnel”, meaning “staff”… 😉

  • Red River

    My Motivation = 4
    My Manager’s Rating = +8

  • Anonymous

    My Motivation = 4
    My Manager’s Rating = +2

  • Corneel

    My Motivation = 3
    My Manager’s Rating = -2

  • Bret

    My Motivation = 4
    Manager’s Rating = 8

  • Niko

    My Motivation = 4
    My Manager’s Rating = +9

  • Anonymous

    My Motivation = 4
    My Manager’s Rating = +5

  • Anonymous

    My Motivation = 4
    My Manager’s Rating = +3

  • saj

    Your rating system is too kind; it measures just the presence of positive traits, but not the absence of negative ones, some of which might be highly demotivating.
    I’ve had managers worse than #questions * -1. Paradoxically, this type of manager can motivate a good, self-starting developer, especially if she believes in the project/corporate mission.
    As John Lydon once wrote: “Anger is an energy.”

  • Michael Chermside

    My Motivation: 5
    My Manager: 8

  • Cam

    My Motivation: 3
    My Manager: -2

  • wowa

    My Motivation: 4
    My Manager: +2

  • JB

    my motivation -1
    my manager -12

  • MJ

    my motivation = +4
    My manager = -4
    His lack of management skill has energized me to do a better job in everything that I do. Others do take notice and will eventually figure out the he is incompetent.

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