The Ignatian Way
I. Loyola
Assess Your Work Values
Activity

Rate each of these work values on a scale from 1 to 5, according to their level of importance to you as they apply to the workplace. (For example, helping others might be important to you, but it may be something you prefer to pursue outside of work.) If everything is a 4 or 5, return to this exercise and pick at most five values that you consider absolutely non-negotiable for your next job. Remember, you are identifying what is MOST important to you at this time. Then, rank your top five values.

5 = Very Important
4 = Important
3 = Neutral
2 = Little Importance
1 = No Importance

Help Society: Contribute to the betterment of the world, people, (possibly animals) or others.
Help Others: Help other people in a direct way, either individually or in small groups.
People Contact: Have a lot of day-to-day contact with people.
Team Work: Have close working relationships with a group; working towards common goals.
Affiliation: Be recognized and receive the prestige of being a member of a particular group.
Friendships: Develop close personal relationships with people as a result of my work activities.
Interpersonal Competition: Engage in activities which pit my abilities against others where there are clear win-and-lose outcomes.
Self Competition: Engage in activities which pit my abilities against my own prior performances.
Make Decisions: Have the power to decide courses of action, policies, etc.
Work Under Pressure: Work in situations where time pressure is prevalent, and/or the quality of my work is judged critically by supervisors, customers or others.
Power & Authority: Control the work activities or (partially) the destinies of other people.
Influence People: Be in a position to change attitudes or opinions of other people.
Work Alone: Do projects by myself, without significant contact with others.
Intellectual Status: Be regarded as a person of high intellectual prowess or as one who is an acknowledged expert in a given field.
Artistic Creativity: Engage in creative work in any of several art forms.
Creativity (general): Create new ideas, programs, organizational structures, etc.
Leadership: Have a job in which I am directly responsible for the work done by others.
Change & Variety: Have work responsibilities that frequently change in content and setting.
Precision Work: Work in situations where exactitude and attention to minute detail in work is necessary and valued.
Routine: Have a work routine and job duties that are largely predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
Security: Be in a job that is less likely to be threatened by changes in economy.
Fast Pace: Work in circumstances involving a high pace of activity and work is done rapidly.
Recognition: Be recognized for the quality of my work in some visible or public way.
Excitement: Experience a high degree of (or frequent) excitement in the course of my work.
Adventure: Have work duties which involve frequent risk-taking.
Profit / Gain: Have a strong likelihood of accumulating large amounts of money or material gain.
Independence: Be able to determine the nature of my work without significant direction from others. Not be closely supervised.
Moral Fulfillment: Feel that my work is contributing significantly to a set of moral standards, which I feel are very important.
Location: Find a place to live (town, geographical area) which is conducive to my life style, and affords me the opportunity to do the things I enjoy most.
Community: Live in a town or city where I can get involved in community affairs.
Diversity: To work in an environment that has a proven track record in maintaining a diversified workforce, or promotes diversity through its work.
Environmental Commitment: To work in an organization that benefits the environment.
Physical Challenge: Have a job that makes physical demands which I would find rewarding.
Time Freedom: Have work responsibilities which I can work at according to my own time schedule; no specific working hours required.
Technology: Work in an environment that utilizes and advances with technology.
Progressive: Be in an environment that is progressive in its attitudes, work, service, or products. To work on the cutting edge.
Staying Put: A job that would allow me to stay within a specific geographical area.
Advancement: A job that results in regular increases in work responsibilities, depth, scope, etc.
Learning Opportunities: A job with regular, if not daily opportunities to learn new things.
Spiritual: Be in a workplace/job which allows me to express ideas and questions about my faith/spiritual life as part of my work.
Spiritual: Be in an environment which allows me to express ideas and questions about my faith/spiritual life outside of the actual work performed.
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