You are now ready to explore the second element of your Authentic Vocation, Values. The second critical factor in job design is your values, as they relate to work. Fulfillment in work comes when the life and work values that are important to you are met through your work. At the same time, the company for which you work should share at least the most important of those values. Otherwise you will experience constant turmoil and conflict, as well as a feeling that you "can't be yourself" at work.
What are values? Values are simply things about work that, to you, are intrinsically valuable or desirable. They can be accessed most easily by asking yourself the question, "What do I want out of my work?" Or, "why do I work?" Begin by asking yourself these questions now, and write down your responses. If you get stuck, look at the previous value and ask what is important to you about that.
My Critical Work Values
Some values commonly expressed are listed below. Rank each of the listed values as (1) not important, (2) moderately important, or (3) very important to you in your choice of career.
Values at Work
Enjoyment (having fun at what you do)
Helping other people (in a direct way)
Friendships (developing close relationships with co-workers)
Helping society (contributing to the betterment of the world)
Freedom (flexible schedule, independence)
Recognition (being acknowledged for your work in a tangible way)
Creativity (having the opportunity to express your ideas and yourself in your work; innovation)
Location (being able to live where you choose)
Competition (matching your abilities with others')
Power and authority (being in managerial or leadership position)
Achievement (accomplishing desired objective; mastery)
Compensation (receiving money and other benefits commensurate with services rendered)
Variety (having a mix of tasks to perform and people to interact with during each day)
Security (a feeling of stability, no worry; certainty)
Prestige (being seen as successful; obtaining recognition and status)
Aesthetics (attractiveness of work environment; contributing to beauty of the world)
Morality and ethics (working and living according to a code or set of rules; enhancing world ethics)
Intellectual stimulation (working in an environment that encourages and stimulates thinking)
Public contact (working with others, as opposed to working alone or working with objects only)
Pace (busy versus relaxed working atmosphere)
Risk (monetary or other risks – e.g., new product development or start-up enterprise)
__ Others that are important to you:
Now, think about your current job. How many of the values you have marked "3" for "very important" are being fulfilled through that job? Your answer gives you a very important insight as to why you may feel dissatisfied with that job.
Career coaching is an interactive process of exploring work-related issues – leading to effective action – in which the coach acts as both a catalyst and facilitator of individual and, in turn, organizational development and transformation.
Career coaches connect people with their passion, purpose, values and other critical aspects of their ideal work. They help their clients earn to manage their own careers –whether they work for themselves or for an organization.
This empowers the client as they face the typical 5-10 career changes in their life, so that they can continue to grow personally and professionally through their work. They also facilitate the client’s process of developing and implementing a job search or business start-up plan to activate the client’s Authentic Vocation™.