Values in Job Decision Making
By Sande Roberts
Today’s blog is dedicated to those who are looking for new ways to function in changing work environments; or who are looking for a job in any environment.
Getting in touch with our core values helps us follow our dreams at home, at work, and in the community, and understand what it is about ourselves that makes us stand out from others. It helps us advance professionally and be productive participants in our own lives.
While we are going to look at things from our professional workforce lens today, you can interject the word ‘personal’ wherever it says ‘professional’ and get similar benefits.
Here are a few things to ask yourself as you contemplate where you are in your work life. Look at things as if you are trying to make a great match from both sides of interviewing perspectives. If you’re not looking for something different at this time in your life, use this yardstick to re-evaluate your commitment to your current position.
1. Are you following your dream?
2. Are you getting what you want from your workplace?
3. Is what needs to be done what you want to be doing all day?
4. Is the workplace getting what it needs from you?
5. What’s your commitment level to the organization?
6. Whether you have a position or are looking for one, how do you and a position select each other?
7. What are the workplace values and your values that match?
8. How do you identify and express them?
9. How do you go from good to great, stay great and overcome hurdles on your way to greatness?
Don’t Force The Shoe That Doesn’t Fit
Core values are the framework from which we make all of our decisions. This isn’t a one size fits all. It’s more like going into the shoe store and taking time to really look around. Too big or too small won’t work as both will give you blisters. It’s worth the investment of your time to find the right fit.
Just like the variety of communication styles in which we give and receive information, we have multiple ways in which we make decisions. This process becomes our checklist that reflects our core values.
I want to bring attention back to the question about getting to do what you want to be doing all day. When your values and the organizations values match, it’s easier to take on tasks that aren’t what you signed on for. In these challenging economic times, pretty much everyone I know is being asked to do something that isn’t necessarily playing to their strengths or desires. This is when values trump tasks as long as all parties acknowledge this.
Remember the old TV show, “Concentration?” Contestants had to remember where sayings were on the game board, and there was a rush that came from hearing the words, “We have a match.” When your values and the organizational values match up it feels like you’ve won the prize.
The following exercise will give you great insight as to where you are in your professional work life. You can use the list of values from the First Tee Junior Golf Program we listed last time (and below so you don’t have to look them up), or any list of company values you want.
Go to the website of the organization you work for or are interested in working for, and find their listing of values. Take each value and write it at the top of a piece of paper. On one side write down what you bring to the workplace for each value as if it was a job application. Then look at the values again from a different view point, writing on the other side what the workplace lives up to in being in integrity with the stated values. Get input from others too as to where they think the organization does or doesn’t walk the talk.
Here are the nine values from the First Tee program:
Trying out the above exercise will also be helpful during a performance review – whether you’re giving a review or being reviewed.
In a job search setting it will show you’ve done your research and know what the organization is all about. You’d be surprised how many people apply for jobs and don’t have any idea what the company does or how they might fit.
Please do the research as it can help you land a great position, or rekindle the passion for where you are.