What are your core values and why they matter
Do you know what your core values are? Your core values are more important in the workplace than you might think. Find out why your values matter at work.

What are your core values and why they matter

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Passing by a strong job candidate who might not fit your organisation’s corporate values is difficult. However, the consequences from hiring someone who doesn’t fit with the company values can be glaringly obvious. When an individual’s personal values are in alignment with the values of the organisation they work for, their personal and work lives are more satisfactory. Moreover, they are better able to offer more to the business.


The Importance of Work Values

Values are attributes or qualities that drive you and your beliefs. Your values derive from everything in your life and influences include family, friends and experiences. When you join an organisation, you bring your personal values along with you. They, in turn, inform your work values, which then mix with the values of other members of the company. This blend creates an organisational culture that either serves your company’s objectives, or it doesn’t. Therefore, team leaders and organisations need to know their employees core values, as well as their own.


Identifying Your Work Values

Creating an efficient team requires determining the people who will fit best with the company’s culture and values. Before you try to determine the values of others though, you need to understand your own values first. For example, does meeting a project deadline take priority over delivering exceptional work? There are many tools to help you identify your work values. One of the best tools is a ranking system. You start with a list of values and then rank each value in order of importance to you.


Examples of work values include:

  • Accountability
  • Making a difference
  • Focusing on detail
  • Delivering quality
  • Honesty
  • Keeping promises
  • Reliability
  • Being positive
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Helping others
  • Respecting company policy and rules
  • Respecting others
  • Showing tolerance


A career development professional can help identify your work values and how best to use them.

Your work values are the guiding principles that are most important to you regarding the way you work. You use these deeply held principles to choose between right and wrong ways of working. They help you make important decisions and career choices. They also form the foundation for your relationships with your colleagues and clients. Not identifying your work values will lessen your chances of achieving job satisfaction and helping your employees to achieve theirs.


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