_____ Advancement – Clear advancement tracks within the organization or ample opportunities for promotion.
_____ Autonomy – The ability to do things on your own‚ at your own pace‚ and in line with your own standards.
_____ Balance – The ability to avoid conflicts between family considerations‚ career objectives‚ and individual goals.
_____ Benefits – Access to the use of health insurance‚ a retirement plan‚ stock options‚ fitness club memberships‚ etc.
_____ Challenge – The opportunity to overcome difficult obstacles and solve difficult problems.
_____ Commute – The amount of time you are willing to spend traveling to and from your place of employment.
_____ Company Loyalty – Receiving awards for your dependability and long-term contributions.
_____ Competition – having a high degree of competition with the organization you work for or between rival organizations.
_____ Creativity – The ability to make something that has not previously existed; being able to identify new approaches to doing something.
_____ Decision Making – having power to decide course of action.
_____ Excitement – Working in an environment that takes you beyond standard comfort levels.
_____ Expertise – Possessing specific abilities or knowledge not common to other employees.
_____ Family – having the flexibility for family life within the framework of the work environment (for example‚ hours and vacation time amenable to having a family).
_____ Flexibility – The ability to adjust schedules‚ routines‚ and procedures without seeking approval.
_____ Honesty – Working in an environment where there is an expectation of truth.
_____ Hours – having set hours with little requirement for overtime. _____ Independence – Being able to perform daily functions unsupervised.
_____ Innovation – having the ability to use cutting edge or pioneering technologies or techniques.
_____ Intellectual Stimulation – Work which provides opportunity for independent thinking and for learning how and why things work. _____ Interpersonal Contact – having frequent day-to-day contact with the public‚ co-workers‚ or others.
_____ Leadership – having the opportunity and capacity to guide and shepherd others.
_____ Leisure – having the ability to allocate personal time for such things as relationships and hobbies.
_____ Order – having structure and clear lines of communication within an organization.
_____ Organizational Ethics – Working for an employer who values integrity and honesty.
_____ Parking Availability – The ability to drive to work and to park there without significant hassle or expense.
_____ Peace – Being in an environment that offers tranquility‚ comfort‚ and where you can avoid pressure.
_____ Personal Growth – having opportunities for self-exploration at work that contribute to other areas of your life.
_____ Physical Challenge – Conquering challenges through the use of physical capacity.
_____ Power – having opportunities for influence within your profession‚ field‚ or organization.
_____ Precision – Work that requires attention to detail and has low lenience for error.
_____ Pressure – having constant deadlines‚ time demands‚ and challenges.
_____ Prestige – Being viewed by others with honor; being acknowledged as an “expert” in your field.
_____ Pride – having self-respect and taking personal satisfaction in completed work.
_____ Professional Growth – having opportunities for on-going learning and development within your specific profession.
_____ Public Transportation – having access to timely‚ efficient‚ and affordable community-funded transportation.
_____ Recognition – Receiving visible and public notice for achievements‚ work tasks‚ academic honors‚ community service‚ etc.
_____ Respect – having a sense of value and worth to the organization.
_____ Risk – having the willingness to forego security to achieve a desired goal.
_____ Routine – Work that provides an environment with predictable work projects and tasks.
_____ Safety – having a workplace and surrounding neighborhood free from violence and crime.
_____ Salary – Work which pays well‚ offers periodic raises‚ and enables a comfortable standard of living.
_____ Security – Being assured of job stability‚ salary‚ and/or benefits.
_____ Service – Contributing to the well-being of others.
_____ Social Atmosphere – Forming friendships and warm working relationships within the organization.
_____ Social Contribution – Positively influencing others and society as a whole through your work.
_____ Stability – Working in an unchanging‚ predictable career field.
_____ Status – Achieving a level of prestige‚ respect‚ admiration‚ or glamour as a result of your work.
_____ Team Environment – Relying on teamwork and group efforts to achieve results.
_____ Travel – having the opportunity to go to different geographic locations to accomplish your job.
_____ Variety – Work which provides an opportunity to do different types of tasks‚ and being free from routine.
_____ Visual Results – Creating or building things; producing tangible results.
For the final step of this exercise‚ narrow your list of 10 values to your 5 highest priority values – think of these core values as those that you absolutely would not be able to work without. List them below in the space provided in order with 1 being your highest priority value:
4 = Extremely important | My job must have this feature in order to ensure satisfaction.
3 = Important | I’d like to have a job with this feature‚ but I can live without it if necessary.
2 = Not important | having this feature would be a nice bonus‚ but I don’t need it.
1 = Not necessary | This feature won’t impact my job satisfaction in any way.
This instrument can be found at: http://www.philau.edu/careerservices/inc/documents/selfAssessmentWorkValuesInventory.pdf