Identify Your Work Values

The first step in defining your vision of future professional success is to examine your work values. Work values are the qualities about our work that we hold dear. Examples of work values might include:

  • feeling that you are making an important contribution in your job (work value: accomplishment)
  • working with people of diverse cultural backgrounds (work value: diversity)
  • influencing the activities of others (work value: influence)
  • working predominantly on your own (work value: autonomy)

Work values are important because they make work personally appealing to us. Work values can also guide us in making choices about the work we do.

To help you explore your work values, read the questions on the next page. Then write your answers on Page 1 of the Staff Development Workbook. If you want, also try some of the online values assessments found at the end of this section.