The Chinese New Year yesterday marked the beginning of the Year of the Monkey and it sparked a fun discussion at RMS Recruitment about how your sign of the zodiac affects your career and working relationships. Want to know how your Animal character traits are influencing your working day? First of all, if you don’t already know, find out your Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign using this online tool.
In Chinese Astrology, each year is associated with a Chinese Animal Zodiac sign and one of the 5 elements: Gold (Metal), Water, Wood, Fire, or Earth. Both the sign and element of your birth year are said to affect your personality and destiny. Element-sign combinations recur only once every 60 years.
2016 is a Fire Monkey Year: If you are a Monkey, this may not be a great year as your Zodiac year is believed to bring bad luck. According to Chinese astrology, people in their zodiac year are thought to offend Tai Sui, the God of Age, and incur his curse. So remember to take extra care every twelfth year of your life, i.e. every time that your birth sign occurs.
You can avert the bad luck however by wearing red, the luckiest of Chinese colours, and in particular if you wear red underwear. HOWEVER, the red underwear will only ward off the bad luck if bought for you by a family member, spouse or friend (cue Valentine’s Day on Sunday!).
A quick round robin in our office revealed a healthy mix of Dogs, Tigers, Rabbits, Oxen, Roosters, Goats and 1 Snake (yes, it’s a Director!). How do these signs of the zodiac impact our working office environment?
Dogs are loyal and tend to choose a career based on the principle of serving others. Dogs are seen as valuable employees as they put their heart and soul into tasks. Easy-going, kind, and always ready to alleviate the workload of others, they are very popular in the office. Best working partner is a Rabbit.
Tigers are confident, dominant and natural leaders commanding respect. They are suited to careers in advertising and as office managers. However, in their early years, Tigers’ careers are not so smooth. After their thirties they find direction and prosper. Best working partner is a Pig.
Rabbits have a good heart combined with intellect and education. They generally enjoy well paying careers but must take care not to give up when working towards a goal. They are known for dexterous, creative hands and make good trainers due to their patience. Best working partner is a Dog.
Oxen are diligent and dependable. They take responsibility seriously and are flexible in their approach to work. They also possess an eye for detail and a strong work ethic. Best working partner is a Rat.
Roosters are very observant and hard-working. Roosters tend to be better motivated than other animal signs and tend to prioritise their career. Roosters are diligent, and excellent at multi-tasking. Best working partner is a Dragon.
Goats are stable and sympathetic, well suited to working in a team. Their best work partners are Horses. Although they like to be in a team they don’t like being the centre of attention. They are not motivated by status and power and unlikely to push themselves forward for promotion. Best working partner is a Horse.
Snakes represent wisdom and are good communicators even though they say little. Snakes are both creative and hard-working. They can be job-hoppers, as they are easily bored. Snakes excel at problem-solving and thrive under pressure. Best working partner is a Rooster.
That’s our office round up. If your London office team includes the other 5 Chinese Zodiac signs: Horse, Pig, Dragon, Monkey or Rat, find out your ideal working partner . (And if you can bear to find out, you can also determine your best love match in time for Valentine’s Day!) Tweet us @rmsrecruitment your Chinese Zodiac sign and we will send you a link to your personalised Chinese astrology outlook for 2016.