How to Experience Maximum Job Satisfaction Through Your Work Values
Have you ever started a job and a few months later you realise that you do not like working at the organisation?
You go through the process of looking for a job. Apply for the position. Get called in for an interview. Prepare for your interview. Endure all the hard questions been asked by your interviewers. They tell you that your interview was successful.
You get given the date and time you start your first day at the organisation. They give you a brief orientation about the organisation and provide you with training before you “officially” start your new job. During the training you experience moments of fear that you may not be selected to start the job because the training is so intense.
You finally get given a chance to “officially” start the work you have been employed. A few months later you realise that this is not the kind of work you would like to do. So you decide to leave without any plans on how to find your next job. You make a choice that unemployment is a better thing to endure that your current job.
Think about the invest in time and money that you and the organisation made in order for you to get that job. If you had taken time to choose your work values, you would not have wasted yours and the organisation’s precious time, energy and money. Now you don’t have to repeat any of the mistakes I mentioned above. Because I am going to show you how to choose your work values. So that you enjoy your job.
What are work values?
Your work values include, but not limited to, the manner in which you like to work. And the aspects of a job that are most important to you. It is important for you to identify how you like to work and what types of working conditions you would desire to work in.
Do you like Freedom? Where you are able to choose your work times? Do you prefer to work in a place where your work routine is fairly predictable? Are you more drawn to work where you will be able to experiment with new ideas and problems?
Work Value List
Below is a list of 30 work values that can help you to identify your preferred work values. Choose 3 values you think are most important to you:
- Famous: You like to work for an organisation that is well known
- Progression: You like working for an organisation where there is room for you to continually progress to the next level in your career.
- Experimentation: You will enjoy working for an organisation where you will be able to experiment with new ideas and problems
- Predictable: You prefer to work in a place where your work routine is fairly predictable
- Pressure: You enjoy working in an environment where your work involves deadlines.
- Helping: you like to work for an organisation where you are providing a service that is worthwhile to society
- Community: You enjoy working where you can be involved in the community
- Teamwork: You like being part of a team when you work
- Individual: You like to work alone
- Physical: You like to work in a place that require you to use a lot of your physical strength
- Artistic: You enjoy work that involves drawing, designing, making music, etc
- Communication: You like to express yourself or your ideas in writing or in speech
- Recognition: You enjoy working in a place where you will receive a lot of recognition for the work you do
- People: You like working in a job where you will have a lot of contact with people
- Accuracy: You enjoy work that requires you to pay a lot of attention to detail
- Supervision: You like to work where you are responsible for the work done by others
- Persuasion: You like to persuade people with your ideas or to buy your products and services
- Learning: You like to work in an organisation where you are learning new things
- Expertise: You enjoy being known as someone who has special knowledge or skills
- Freedom: You want to be able to choose your work times
- Relationships: You like to form close personal relationships with the people you work with
- Fast-pace: You enjoy work that is fast-paced
- Reputation: You like work that will that will make other people respect you
- Innovation: You want to work in an organisation where you are able to think up new ways of doing things
- Decision-Making: You like to be in a position where you make decisions about how things should be done, who should do it and when it should be done
- Money: You like to work in a job where you earn a lot of money
- Variety: You like to have a variety of things to do when you are at work
- Competition: You enjoy competing against other people or groups
- Excitement: You to work in an environment where there is a lot of excitement
- Risk: You enjoy taking risks
It is important for you to identify how you like to work and what types of working conditions you would desire to work in. This will determine whether you experience maximum satisfaction from the work you choose to do.
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