Work Values & Drivers
Work values are personal preferences, beliefs and ideals with regard to work. They can be categorised into three types: intrinsic, extrinsic and social/relational. Intrinsic values involve internal principles (e.g. wanting a career that involves helping people); extrinsic values are based on criteria external to the individual (e.g. pay or working conditions) and social/relational values are about feelings or emotions (e.g. good working relationships) (Ros, Schwartz & Surkiss, 1999).
It is important for an organisation to identify applicants' values to ensure that they match organisational values and the job role. Alignment between personal and workplace values is a key requirement for job satisfaction and job performance.
Some values are easy to identify, however others are more abstract and are not readily identifiable to employers, potential employers or individual themselves. That's where workplace values testing comes in.