Everyone thinks about work in different terms and this is in part due to individual value systems. What exactly are values? Values are the standards of desirability in terms of which people evaluate aspects of their world and make choices between options. I, for example, know that working is a necessary part of life for me to make a living. However, I place higher value on my family and friends than work. While some work overtime at work to get ahead, I don’t ever see myself placing that much value on my work.
Individual work values significantly shape employee behavior. Depending on the level to which we value our work will guide how we behave in the workplace. Have you noticed a coworker who leaves every day at exactly the end of day? Typically, this employee places higher value on something outside of work. Maybe this employee has children and races out the door every evening at 5 p.m. to make dinner for their children and spend time with them. There is nothing wrong with situations in which an employee places less value on work as long as performance is not impacted. If this employee completes all of his or her work on time and produces quality work, Continue Reading →