Does your Job Reflect Your Values?
Put a check before the letter in each numbered sequence that is most like you.
1. On my way to work, I:
____ A. Walk with a spring in my step. I look forward to it.
____ B. Stroll. I like work but I’m in no hurry to get there.
____ C. Practically sleepwalk. Work is a means to make money.
____ D. Trudge. Agony waits.
2. I work late hours:
____ A. Too often.
____ B. When necessary.
____ C. All the time. I enjoy myself.
____ D. Rarely. Life’s too short.
3. My job generally:
____ A. Gives me the opportunity to use my whole self – mind, spirit, and imagination.
____ B. Challenges me but leaves little room for creativity.
____ C. Wears me out.
____ D. Makes me wonder why I was born.
4. At dinner with friends, I:
____ A. Talk about work with pride and enthusiasm.
____ B. Share the ups and downs of my workday.
____ C. Mostly vent about work.
____ D. Who wants to talk about work after hours?
5. The song title that comes closest to representing my relationship to my coworkers is:
____ A. Welcome to the Jungle (Guns N’Roses)
____ B. You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones)
____ C. With A Little Help From My Friends (Beatles)
____ D. Good Vibrations (Beach Boys)
6. My spiritual practice or faith:
____ A. Is an uplifting part of my workday routine.
____ B. Can be a lifesaver in difficult moments, but doesn’t help me with the daily grind.
____ C. Supports in my personal life; work is another story.
____ D. I never pray, meditate, or event just take a deep breath at work.
7. In long meetings, I fantasize about:
____ A. Taping “kick me” signs on my boss.
____ B. Anything but work.
____ C. The cool project I want to do.
____ D. Actually, I enjoy engaging in meetings.
8. My job:
____ A. Is a perfect match for my soul’s desires.
____ B. Isn’t perfect but gives me room to express myself and grow.
____ C. Is nothing special but enables me to do the stuff I really care about.
____ D. Is a way to pay the bills.
Scoring: Looking at the sentences you have checked give yourself the following numerical score:
1. A = 1 B = 2 C = 3 D = 4 ________
2. A = 4 B = 2 C = 1 D = 3 ________
3. A = 1 B = 2 C = 3 D = 4 ________
4. A = 1 B = 2 C = 3 D = 4 ________
5. A = 4 B = 3 C = 2 D = 1 ________
6. A = 1 B = 2 C = 3 D = 4 ________
7. A = 4 B = 3 C = 2 D = 1 ________
8. A = 1 B = 2 C = 3 D = 4 ________
TOTAL SCORE ________
Score 30 – 32 Your work is at odds with your values. Who you are at home and who you are at work are different. This is stressful at times. To deal with the stress, you are not as engaged as you would like to be. You think often of quitting as soon as another more interesting job is available.
Score 21 – 29 Your work provides the resources for your interests. You may be experiencing success at work, but this really doesn’t matter because it is a means to an end. If another more interesting job crossed your desk, you would explore it. You probably are not as engaged as you desire. Work often leaves you feeling flat and not all that personally satisfied.
Score 15 – 20 Your work stimulates you and you have ups and downs. You see a potential path to achievement but are not experiencing the success you would like to. This job aligns with some of your values so it is better than other jobs you may have secured in the past.
Score 8 – 14 Your work is a great fit for you. You see a path to achievement whether you secure a leadership position or not. This job aligns with your values.