Podcast Episode 41: Why You Need to Get Clear on Your Workplace Values

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Your values are the guiding principles that are most important to you about the way that you work. They are your internal GPS and an important pillar of career satisfaction.  In this episode we’ll discuss:  

  • Why values are important on your career path
  • Benefits of identifying your workplace values
  • 6 steps to discover your workplace values

When your values align with your workplace, you’ll probably find yourself connected to the work you do, you may even define the actual work as meaningful.

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Amplify Your Strengths Group Coaching Program


Company Culture Part 1: How to identify a positive company culture

Company Culture Part 2: How to identify a positive company culture

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Hey ya’ll Welcome back to the career refresh podcast. 

Alright this week it’s about your values. You spend 40 or more hours a week with your company but have you ever thought about your workplace values? 

If you spend all day in a culture that is misaligned to your core values it’s going to drain enthusiasm, do a job on your mindset, impact your ability to see situations clearly, which will affect your performance. 
All Workplaces are built on values. 

The culture and values of your workplace will influence your  morale, productivity, and personal satisfaction. 

So before you seek a new opportunity or an internal promotion, get clear on your values, they act like your own GPS and will shape your career path. 

So what are work values? They are beliefs that relate to your career. 

They are the principles that you hold dear and they say a lot about you. 

When your values align with your workplace, you’ll probably find yourself connected to the work you do, you may even define the actual work as meaningful. 

When your values are compatible with your organization’s values, you may find yourself as the recipient of raises and promotions, and generally more options within your organization. 

The most important thing that you need to do when investigating an opportunity* is to understand the shared values of the organization.  

After all, you can be trained to cover skills gaps, and you can gain experience. But it is hard to change your values; and you’ll feel the misalignment with the organization.
When values are out of alignment, people work towards different goals, with different intentions, and with different outcomes. 

This can damage work relationships, productivity, job satisfaction, and creative potential.

Defining your values and finding a career that allows you to maintain them lends itself, positivity, to your overall career goals. 

When you know what you want you’ll be able to create and stay on a career path that works for you. Your values guide you. 

So here’s what I recommend for getting started on identifying your values. 
Open your notes app, grab a pen and let’s dig in. 

First make note of the times when you feel most satisfied with your work. What were you doing? Who were you with? What factors contributed to your pride and fulfillment?

You can do a google search for a list of values. Things like honesty, integrity, contribution,  curiosity, accountability, respect, wisdom, kindness, transparency, making a difference, meaningful work  – those are different and often confused. The first is outside impact, the second is internal/mindset impact–pick 5-10 words

Next I want you to define those words. Not the dictionary definition, what it means to you. 

Then put those words in order. Of importance to you. 

Lastly think about does this value need to be reciprocated. Meaning, you may value meaningful work but it does it matter if your colleague finds the work meaningful, if they are accountable and responsible? Valuing transparency and honesty I am going to guess you need these reciprocated. 

Now you have a list of values, and you’ve listed them in order of importance, pause and check them against your current role and company. Are they aligned? If they are, amazing. If there are not, what do you want to do about it? Speak to your leadership? Discuss with your boss? I always recommend discussing the situation first to see if it can be fixed. And lastly, if they don’t align, a career transition may be needed. Research the role, the hiring manager, the company culture. 

Prepping for that interview and preparing targeted questions will help you to not recreate the same situation again. Asking questions about the culture, approach to performance feedback, will help you see the hiring managers leaderships style. 

Once you are clear on your next steps it may be helpful to work with a career coach so you are operating from your strengths and aligning to your value as you create what’s next.  

When considering your values in the decision making process, you’ll gain clarity on what’s right for you and you’ll be able to approach your decisions with increased confidence.

Ok my friends. If you are looking for support I’d love to be your coach. I am launching a career strengths group coaching program that will help you leverage your strengths, get clear on your skills and values, plus help you create your career narrative – which is essential especially if you are interviewing for a new job or making a career change. I’ll put the link to get on the list for more information in the show notes. 

Have a great week and I will see you next time.