Employment is about more than punching a time clock and collecting a paycheck. People who work want to enjoy what they do for a living. They want to enjoy where they work and the organization for which they work.
They want, in essence, a high level of job satisfaction. An examination of their core values is an integral part of that satisfaction.
There are multiple steps in this process. Those steps are listed below:
- Identify your core values.
- Identify the core values of your current employer.
- Determine whether or not your core values and the core values of your current employer line up.
- If there’s a mismatch in values, identify where those mismatches are.
So what about your core values? Have you thought much about them? Do you have a sense of what they are, but you’ve never actually identified them?
Below are a few examples of “core value” principles:
- Treating others with respect
- Building long-term relationships
- Acting with 100% integrity all of the time, regardless of the situation or circumstances
- Giving back to the community with your time and/or talents
Do any of these pertain to you or do you associate yourself with one, two, or more of them? If you haven’t given much thought to this topic, there’s no time like the present to do so. Core values are an important part of a person’s job satisfaction and ultimately, their career growth.
What about your current employer? What is your employer’s core values? Are those values readily apparent? Some organizations put their values in the employee handbook. Some even display them on the wall in the lobby of the building.
Now that you’ve identified your core values and the core values of your employer, do they line up? If not, where do they not? And if they don’t line up, is the difference so great that you believe it’s causing a problem in terms of your job satisfaction?
Why is all of this important? A couple of reasons:
- You may be asked about your core values during a face-to-face interview. The last thing you want is to not be able to answer the question. (Or to answer it in a way that makes it seem like you don’t know what you want or what you’re talking about.)
- Knowing your core values inside and out is about more than just being happy at your current job. This knowledge holds the key to long-term career growth and satisfaction. If you know what your core values are, you’ll know which positions and which employers would be the best ones for you.
A job doesn’t have to be “just a job.” People spend almost half their waking hours working (depending on how much they sleep). Employment is a big part of their day-to-day existence.
And their core values play an important role in determining if it’s an enjoyable part of their existence.
What about you? Are you looking for a new job that fits better with your core values? Time Staffing can help!