Session overview: Following the turbulence of Covid, war in Europe and understandable cost of living anxiety there are suggestions that many individuals are taking a different approach to thinking about the world of work, one that places increased emphasis on personal purpose and meaning.
Research literature highlights benefits experienced by organisations when the personal values of employees consciously align with the core values of their employer raising the question is activity designed to align values just another way for employers to extract effort from staff or can it be more than that?
Historically clarity has been patchy concerning what it means to be consciously connected to our personal values, and exploration of the benefits that may flow for the individual from that connection has been limited.
Drawing on themes from an exploratory qualitative study I will share three components of conscious connection to values and describe a set of personal benefits attributed by individuals to their relationship with their values. This way of thinking about the value of values connection has been tested with convenience samples of adults in online quantitative surveys in late 2020, 2021 and 2022 (n=1225) and contrasted with a cohort of adults not known to the researcher accessed through Prolific in December 2022 (n=273).
In this talk the results of the study will be presented and implications for the workplace practice of managers and coaches discussed. In addition delegates will be introduced to a new approach to unlocking conversations about values which is showing both internal reliability and construct validity in early testing.
Findings from this doctoral programme research offer not just a conceptual framework that can be used to nurture meaningful conversation about work and values but also an evidence base to inform the development of metrics to capture the impact of such activity. A way to answer the key question “what’s in it for me?”
1. Increased clarity concerning what values are and are not
2. Familiarity with a user-generated landscape of benefits of conscious connection to values: to both support a 'business case' for undertaking the work and a framework for monitoring/evaluation of return on investment of undertaking the work.
3. Fresh practical ideas of ways to approach engaging with personal values in the workplace that are generative for both the person and the organisation.