By Louise Bauer Davoli
When the conversation focuses on what it takes to make an excellent workplace, the results could fill a library. Each employee brings his or her own background, beliefs, values, talents and behavior standards to the workplace. Values lay the foundation for everything that goes on in the workplace.
A large part of the work environment and our experience in a work setting is driven by the values, principles and ideals of the core group. Getting clarity about the values in the workplace begins with observation, reflection, and action. Questions about "What do I want?" "Who do I want to be in the workplace?" and "What adds value to my work?" help facilitate this type of discovery.
Our behavior is a reflection of our values and beliefs. The source of our discontent and unease in the work setting is the result of how closely our values and beliefs align with our behavior. Including the values and behavior of our work groups. Very few of us can clearly state what our values are. Our inability to identify much less articulate our values is a direct result of how little time and attention we devote to the process of values clarification. It also demonstrates how little most of us are actually in conscious control of our behavior, regardless of what we say to the contrary.
Identifying your workplace values can facilitate the development of a solid foundation for your decisions around career and job satisfaction. Finding work that is compatible with your unique skills and personality helps you to close the gap between values, beliefs and work behavior.
Considering Your Views on Values:
Values form the foundation for everything that happens in your workplace. If you are generally happy with your work environment, you likely have selected an organization with values similar with your own. If you are not happy at work, look for the disconnection between what you value and the actions of people in your work setting.
For example, if professional growth is important to you finding a company that provides the time, money, and backing to make choices that further your development will be essential. On the other hand, being aware of your personality traits and whether or not you possess the qualities that are consistent with your job function is an additional dimension.