Personal Values to Understand your Best Work Environment

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Things are changing. No longer are candidates begging for jobs, especially if they have a great track-record, or their skills are scarce. It has become more of a partnership with employees changing roles and businesses more frequently, and employers increasingly restructuring and relaxing contractual ties. A partnership of equals? Employers increasingly want employees that match their culture and values with their own personal values. People increasingly want to work in an environment where they feel comfortable, and one which matches values needs and ways of working. We all want to be happy at work, right? Current figures show that 65% of the population do not want to go to work each day. Why not become one of the 35% that are fulfilled?

Introduction to the Personal Values Questionnaire

What do you actually want from life? The Personal Values Questionnaire is one of the fundamental questionnaires and will help you understand:

Similarities attract and those with similar personal value patterns are more likely to get on with each other than those who don’t. Ever wondered why you just don’t seem to get on with a certain person no matter how much you try? Well, you probably have different values.
  • The types of working environments you are most interested in (including the type of boss).
  • Questions you should ask at interview to find out if you really want to work with them. Powerful stuff! For the interview questions, you will find them in the interview section of this site.

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Personal Values Definition

Wikipedia define them as:

“A personal value is an individual’s absolute or relative and ethical value, the assumption of which can be the basis for ethical action. A value system is a set of consistent values and measures. A principle value is a foundation upon which other values and measures of integrity are based.”

I have little idea what that means, so let’s try an alternative:

“Personal values are a summary of your innate and developed your core beliefs, philosophies and views of what is good and important to you in your environment, as a person, a worker and a member of your family and community.”

Your Personal Values: an Explanation

Let’s explain another way. Your values are at the centre of your personality and will help determine your behaviours as well as those people you will naturally get on with and those with which you are less likely to do so. They will also help you determine the contradictions that may exist in your life. Think about the following:

  1. Similarities attract and those with similar personal value patterns are more likely to get on with each other than those who don’t. Ever wondered why you just don’t seem to get on with a certain person no matter how much you try? Well, you probably have different values.
  2. Roughly speaking, you are more likely to be happy and fulfilled if you have your values met than if you don’t.
  3. You may have direct contradictions in your values pattern. For example, if you had high score values that were focussed on independence, fast-pace, challenge, risk-taking and family, then your natural preference may be for working long hours. However, this may get in the way of fulfilling the value called ‘family’.

Our predominating personal values will, to some extent, help us determine the best working environment for us. Please remember that it depends on how you define each value that counts. The personal values questionnaire results therefore only provides indicators rather than definitive answers.

If you would like a more substantial understanding of personal values and their relationship to work, Berkeley provide students with a reasonable exercise in understanding your values. However, we have brought the list down to a research and usable number.

Click the button below for your Personal Values questionnaire. When you have completed the values questionnaire, make a note of your top personal values.

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