Picking the Right Place to Work


We spend a significant portion of our lives at work, and where you work can have a significant impact on how happy or unhappy you are in your life. Often I have found that, when someone is unhappy at their job, it can be because their values don’t align with their employer’s organizational values.

According to Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, CEO of Hogan Assessments, and Professor of Business Psychology at University College London and Columbia University, “you can use your values to help you grow in your job by choosing to work at an organization that values the same things you do.”

Specifically, Dr. Chamorro-Premuzic pointed out that one of the keys to feeling engaged at work is aligning your own idiosyncratic values with those of your organization, your team, and your direct manager–when you’re all working together towards something you believe in.

Lean-in #5 of Grow Yourself, Picking the Right Place To Work, focuses on using what you value most to find the right environment to work in. When people pick jobs that fulfill basic psychological needs, motives, and values, they immerse themselves more in their work, experience higher levels of job satisfaction, and their productivity rises.If you aren’t satisfied at your job, you might have a values misalignment with your employer.

There is a simple method for determining personal alignment with organizational values. Many businesses identify their top organizational values on their websites. Find those values and look to see if you share at least two values or have at least two values in the same family using the Tomi Llama Values Mapping worksheet.

If no organizational values align one-to-one with personal top 5 values like knowledge to knowledge, then look for alignment by identifying thematically similar values to the organizational values. Once you have identified thematically similar values, see if there is any overlap among those and your personal values.

If you don’t have any values in common with the organization for which you work, you might find yourself feeling unhappy and compromised. More than likely that organization will not be conducive to your personal growth and inner peace. My unscientific research has shown that we can survive in an environment where there is one shared value. It hurts, but we can do it. However, we thrive in an environment where there are at least two shared values. Obviously, the more values you share with your place of work, the more satisfaction increases. You don’t want to work at a place that doesn’t value the same things you do.

Working at a place that shares the same values as you can be extremely filling, and allow you lead the life you feel like you were meant to lead and do the work you feel like you are meant to do. So it’s time to get on it!

Your cape awaits!

Tomi Llama

P.S. Wow you have made it so far! Your superpowerful life is flourishing! Keep it up with Lean-in #6, Don’t Poke the Bear!

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