Work Values are important because they usually compliment your natural characteristics and personality traits and can give an employer, and yourself, a good indication of the type of employee you are.


Strong work ethic - you want to work hard, and thrive at finding new and efficient ways to complete tasks.    A person with a good work ethic will often do more than is expected, and will spend less than average time on personal issues.


Dependable - this would seem an obvious value of interest to employers as they rely on employees turning up to work on time, completing work on or before the deadline and doing what they say they will.


Responsible - similar to dependable in the completion of work, but a person who is responsible for their actions and their behaviour, will take criticism well, accept responsibility well when something goes wrong.  This value is particularly important for managers and leaders.


Positive and enthusiastic - employees with these values often excel in the workplace, as they remain motivated and are often able to motivate others. Positivity often creates a much nicer work environment.


Adaptable - In today's workplace, employees often have to multi-task.  The whole culture of the workplace also undergoes constant change and innovation, and any employee who is flexible and open minded is a bonus to the organisation.  This value is especially useful within a customer facing role.


Honesty and integrity -  The value often depends on the industry concerned, for example honesty and integrity is vital within any role dealing with money, or in developing trust with customers.


Moral and ethical - This is another value that is more important to some organisations than others.  For example, some people refuse to work within the weapons industry whilst some companies will prefer an employee with a particular faith, or life style such as vegetarianism, or ecologically aware.


Self-motivated - employees with this value don’t need a lot of supervision or support, which in turn reduces cost etc…  Once the job has been explained and understood a self-motivated person will relish being left alone to complete the task. 


Life Long Learner - Just like adaptable employees, anyone who is dedicated to learning and improving their knowledgebase is a great asset to any business.  Formal qualifications are not always required, but the ability to learn and adjust to the constant changes is beneficial.  It is an interesting point that many people leave their job because of the lack of learning and development opportunities available.


Confident - Most successful people have this value in common.  Confident people are inspiring and can make others feel comfortable around them. Confident people are also often the risk takers, and these are the types of people who often initiate innovative developments and bring about change.


Professional - professional behaviour is often encouraged within any organisation, but can sometimes be required outside, for example teaching.  Professionalism shows itself with behaviour, appearance and goal conclusion.  Having a professional outlook will positively influence work quality, target completion and attention to detail.


Loyalty - Like customer loyalty, organisations often try to create  employee loyalty too.  It reduces their recruitment and retaining costs and creates a happier work environment.  Loyalty is a two way process, and by finding a company with similar ethics and values, an employee is more likely to make an important and loyal contribution to the team.