Personal values are fundamental beliefs that serve as guiding principles in one’s life and are acquired in the course of life.
Values can also be seen as enduring goals which vary in importance – what is motivating or driving someone at this point in time. Although most values are not specifically considered good or bad, researchers have found that they are an excellent predictor of corporate culture match.
The assessment of values shows modest but significant relationships with both positive and negative behaviours at work. For instance, people who are strong power or authority seekers are more likely to undertake counterproductive work behaviours than people who have moderate scores in this respect. A valuable aspect of values assessment is its capacity to assess potential “fit” between an individual and an organisation, and it is for this purpose which most people use it.
SACS offers the following values assessments
SACS Work Values Scale
The SACS Values Scale is based on the most contemporary research into values conducted by Professor Shalom Schwartz – arguably the world’s leading researcher on the topic of values. It builds on the Schwartz Portrait Values Questionnaire by providing a work-specific context – asking about values in a workplace setting rather than just in everyday life – and then creating benchmarks based on a large sample of workers.
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Schwartz Personal Values Questionnaire (SPVQ)
The SPVQ measures 10 individual values as based on the research of Professor Shalom Schwartz who found that across cultures 10 dominant individual values could be identified.
Professor Shalom Schwartz in over 30 years of peer reviewed research has identified ten basic values that are consistent across societies. These values are universal because they are grounded in one or more of three universal requirements of human existence with which they help to cope – the needs of individuals as biological organisms, requisites of coordinated social interaction, survival and welfare needs of groups.