Personal values are both important and necessary in the work place. Without them, a business would have no integrity or reliability, resulting in a loss of costumers. Shalom Schwartz developed a well accepted and comprehensive theory of peoples personal values. Schwartz believes that, “values are motivational in that they represent broad goals that apply across context in time.” For example, if you value power, that same drive to gain power in the work place can also help you gain power in other areas in your life.
Schwartz proposed that behavior is guided by 10 broad values which include: power, achievement, hedonism, stimulation, self-direction, universalism, benevolence, tradition, conformity, and security. Each of these has a definition as well as an underlying motive. I agree with this list, all of these characteristics are desire by people in one way or another. Some people might want a certain trait more than others, yet everyone has a motive.
I did some additional research on what motivates people’s personal values and found that values are taught at a young age and are enforced by your parents, yet as we become adults we take on a bigger responsibility to stay true to our core values. Values can separate as well as bring people together; in life people tend to surround themselves with people with similar morals and values.
Development of Personal Values. Jerry Lope.