My Work Values

A profile is compiled based on a specific pattern in the scores for the work values. The values that are most important – sometimes also those that are least important – characterize the things that are considered to be important or unimportant in work.

It is known from scientific research that there are fourteen work values that can be considered fundamental. If you have work in which the work values that you believe are important have ample room, the chance that you will be successful and happy in your work will increase.

The work values inventory measures career values similar to those in the theory of career anchors by Dr. Edgar Schein at MIT and the theory of basic human values of Dr. Shalom H. Schwartz. At the time being, fourteen work values – career anchors * – are identified:

  • Autonomy,
  • Creativity,
  • Variety,
  • Structure,
  • Self-development,
  • Influence,
  • Work-life balance,
  • Financial reward,
  • Security,
  • Prestige,
  • Performance,
  • Working conditions,
  • Work relationships and
  • Altruism.

While some people are content with uneventful jobs, others thrive on action and excitement. I therefore wanted to know what makes me happy or unhappy in my work and career.

* A career anchor is one’s self-concept, and consists of one’s perceptions of one’s talents and abilities, one’s basic values and one’s perceptions of motives and needs as they pertain to career. In Schein’s original research from the mid-1970s he identified five possible career anchor constructs: Autonomy / independence, security / stability, technical-functional competence, general managerial competence and entrepreneurial creativity. Follow-up studies in the 1980s identified three additional constructs: Service or dedication to a cause, pure challenge and life style. A 2008 study distinguishes between entrepreneurship and creativity to form nine possible constructs.

My score

Below is my profile defined by putting the work values in order from what is most to what is least important. So, the extent to which I believe each of the fourteen values is important is reflected in this report.

Work Value Test

Scale

  • Autonomy (6), Influence (6), Working conditions (6),
  • Variety (5), Creativity (5), Work-life balance (5), Prestige (5), Financial reward (5), Security (5), Performance (5),
  • Structure (3), Self-development (3), Altruism (3), Work relationships (3)

Conclusion

This report has provided a comprehensive picture of the 14 fundamental work values that there are and how important each of these is to me personally.

Being aware of what I genuinely consider to be important, as well as of what I regard as much less important, will enable me to estimate what type of work, what type of colleagues, and what type of managers best suits me. This could hugely enhance my job satisfaction. It will also enhance the probability of me being successful at my work.

Do be aware that the corporate culture prevalent in my workplace can also have a marked influence on the extent to which I enjoy my work there!

My preferences on work values probably described me to some extent as…

…autonomous, influential, advanced working conditions enjoying, variable, creative, work-life balance favoring, prestigious, financial reward seeking, security preferring, performance delivering, sufficiently structured, frequently self-developing, at times unselfish and a bit work relationship underestimating.

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