I have decided to start my blog with a post about values, and the importance they have when it comes to make decisions.
My last job was not the one I envisioned when I decided to take their offer two years ago. I got involved in projects with people that did not share my same principles and values.
That situation ended up causing me stress and anxiety, affecting my well-being and the ones that surrounded me.
I decided to quit, and take some time off to find a different job in a company with a team that match my values.
Why are values so important?
It is about knowing what you stand for. Values serve as a behavioural compass helping you to make decisions, and when confronted with a difficult situation they will help to make the right decision.
I have created this infographic values to make the following explanation a little bit more visual.
- People. I really value environments where people development is put as priority number one. As a karma believer, I believe that if people around you are happy, you will experience and get the best of them, making your life happier too.
- Open-minded. No judging. Nobody likes to be judged, I like open-minded environments where people feels comfortable to express their opinion freely. This generates great brainstorming sessions with open discussions that will bring new ideas to empower innovation.
- Quality. After experiencing a quantity over quality culture, I came to realise that quality was my main motivation at work, deliver quality kept me motivated gave me a sense of purpose and direction. Wit no quality standards in mind I am lost.
- Honesty. Honesty is key for success. It helps when it comes to self-reflection, humanises people and therefore helps to build rapport. Encourages self acceptance and generates a climate of safety that improves quality and life.
- Passion. What is life without passion? Passion wakes you up in the morning with the desire of improving and doing your work at your best.
- Leadership. Taking responsibility for your decisions, and actions. Environments that encourage a leadership culture is one with self-reflection, balance to see problems from different angles, self-confidence accepting yourself as you are and genuine humility.
- Teamwork. Promotes a culture of sharing, solidarity and empowers a feeling of camaraderie. I love environments where coworkers get to share information and help each other in a fun environment.
- Autonomy. That great feeling of satisfaction when you have autonomy to decide your work schedule, what tools to use. This post here explains it pretty well.
- Trust. Trust is the base of any relationship in life, and as such it enforces connection between people, generates recognition and creates a sense of belonging.
These are my values, I encourage you to write yours down and stand for them, you will get more satisfaction once you start doing it.