The Role Of People’s Personal Values In The Workplace
People’s personal values in organisations are a phenomenon that have captured the interest of academic researchers in organisational and business studies, psychologists, practitioners, and social scientists. Despite this consideration, there continues to be a noticeable lack of agreement on what values are, how values are perceived in the workplace and, more importantly, what the actual roles of people’s personal values are in the ways they think, feel, and actin the workplace. Hence, this paper explores how people’s personal values are perceived, and defined. It proposes that by simultaneously considering all different roles of people’s personal value models proposed by the author, values scholars can advance a more comprehensive and integrative understanding of the values phenomenon. Focusing on the constructed meanings that have been gathered from the participants’ stories and experiences, 14 narrative interviews have been conducted at senior and junior levels in two different organisations. Findings revealed that narrators placed high importance on their personal values at their workplace. The results found that there are robust links between people’s personal values and the ways they think, feel, and act. Findings from the stories reflected how people’s personal values drive, inspire, and lead them in making their decisions, building their perceptions, and shaping their attitudes and behaviour. Thus, the paper contributes to the existing knowledge on the empirical impact of people’s personal values on the way they think, feel, and act. This study contributes to the people’s values literature, which should be encouraged as one of the theoretical and empirical considerations that needs to be addressed by researchers and authors in the development of an emerging agenda within the study of values.
Index Terms- Personal values, workplace Organisation, Narrative inquiry