Work values determine which characteristics feel essential or important for you to have in the day-to-day activities you perform in your work. People are happier at work when their work values are aligned with their career/job.
The first steps in evaluating your work values are to name them and to prioritize them. It is unlikely that you will get everything you want all at once, so you have to be willing to decide what is MOST important to you.
Some values are mutually exclusive, meaning if you have one, you are unlikely to have another, at least during the same period of time. Examples of mutually exclusive value pairs are Fast Pace vs. Leisurely Pace, Privacy vs. Recognition, and Change vs. Predictability.
Here’s how to use this list.
– Skim the list once through. When two values are similar, notice if one resonates more for you than the other.
– Quickly choose the FIVE values most important to you.
– Look for any contradictions between the values and reflect on what it means if you want two things that usually don’t go together.
– Of the five you chose, rank them from most important to least important.
– Notice which value is MOST important to you.
– Keep these values in mind when you evaluate work opportunities.
A tangible feeling of accomplishment about an outcome, facilitated by effort, courage, or skill
Ability to continually move ahead in your career, gaining income, power, and/or status as you go
Have unusual, exciting, and potentially risky experiences, usually in various geographic locations
Being closely associated with or connected to a group, association, organization, etc.
Involvement in artistic endeavors in some way
The ability to be yourself
The power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience
The ability to act on your own values and interests
Work involving attractive people, places, or things
A feeling of being happy or comfortable as part of a particular group
Showing courageous behavior or character
Mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together.
Lots of difficult demands in terms of time, results, etc.
Participating in frequently evolving and dynamic situations
The state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.
A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
Making the world a better place by helping individuals, groups, and/or the larger society
Situations in which you compare yourself with others in ways that result in clear wins and losses
Being associated or joined with others with common interests
Ample opportunity to express yourself via new communication, programs, processes, etc.
The use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work
The practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.
A culture that values people and is committed to developing their talents
The state of similar distribution of status, rights, and opportunities
The state of fairness and justice in status, rights, and opportunities
Be viewed as a person who is on the cutting edge of knowledge in some area
Impartial and just treatment or behavior without favoritism or discrimination
Being known to large numbers of people
A group of one or more parents and their children living together as a unit
Circumstances in which work must be done rapidly
Choosing your own work hours
Ability to concentrate highly on one specific thing or area at a time
The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint
A state of mutual affection, trust, and support
Enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure
Being around attractive, exciting people or events
Work that has a global impact
Feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful
The process of increasing, whether in size, maturity, scope, etc.
Using manual dexterity
Being free from illness or injury
Providing assistance to individual persons or groups
Money received, especially on a regular basis, for work or through investments
Characterized by truth and sincerity
A modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness
The quality of being amusing or comic, especially as expressed in literature or speech
Changing and/or persuading people
The power or opportunity to act or take charge before others do
Being on the cutting edge of methods, ideas, products, etc.
Honesty and upholding your moral/ethical principles
Using self-motivation and drive
Ensuring fairness for people and situations
The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate
Acquiring information and wisdom
The ability of an individual or a group of people to influence and guide followers or members of an organization, society or team
Continually mastering new information or skills
Circumstances in which work can be done slowly
Working from any geographic location of your choice, anywhere in the world
An intense feeling of deep affection
Management of People
Directing the work of others
Management of Products
An organizational function that guides every step of a product’s lifecycle — from development to positioning and pricing
Management of Projects
The use of specific knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to deliver something of value
Knowing most of what there is to know about a subject
Doing work that feels like it matters
The phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth
The state of being caring and protective
A willingness to listen to or accept different ideas or opinions
Hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something
Arranging or maintaining things in a particular sequence, pattern, or method
Opportunity to be outside in the open air; outside a building or shelter
A strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something
Serenity with an absence or minimum amount of conflict
Staying in a course of action despite difficulties or opposition
Work that involves physical strength, speed, skill, etc.
The ability to transfer work from place to place
An optimistic approach that looks for solutions and expects good results and success
Official authority and/or strength to enforce policies, laws, etc.
Requiring detail and has measurable right-or-wrong components
Certainty and reliability about what is coming next
Being relatively anonymous
The process of finding solutions to difficult or complex issues
Sequence of tasks with a definite beginning and end
The quality of using caution or circumspection as to danger or risk
Getting positive feedback and credit for doing a good job
The practice of completing work from a location other than a central office operated by the employer or client
Predictable work with few surprises
Work that uses the scientific method to advances the knowledge in a particular field
Stable, steady work that is relatively guaranteed to continue
Restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions, or desires
The quality of being worthy of attention; importance
Having straightforward tasks that are easy to understand
Being highly interactive with other people
The state of being alone
The quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things
A situation in which something such as an economy, company, or system can continue in a regular and successful way without unexpected changes
Impressing other people because of high prestige
Having highly systematized work
Doing work that has concrete, observable results you can touch/measure
Working in groups rather than alone
Using computers or other types of technology
Open communication throughout an organization, from the top on down
Going to varying geographic locations
Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something, ideally with reciprocity
Accomplishing something necessary and valuable
Doing different things on an hourly, daily, weekly, or other basis
An abundance of valuable possessions or money
The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment
The ability to manage both personal and professional responsibilities with adequate time for rest and leisure
Having a personally optimal blend of personal and work pursuits