Personal Values

1435 Words Jul 7th, 2010 6 Pages
Personal Values Development
Personal Values Development The development of personal values occurs over a lifetime of living and experiences. What are personal values? What sources shape and influence those values? What criteria and decision making may be used to reshape our personal values? What impact do personal values have in the workplace and on workplace performance? This paper will address these issues from a personal perspective.
Personal Values What are personal values? First, many often confuse values and ethics. The terms are not interchangeable but they also do not exist separately from each other. Ethics refers to standards of conduct that indicate how one should behave based on moral duties and virtues derived
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Schools are not value-neutral environments and are committed to teaching the value of truth. Cheating is not condoned and consequences result when caught. Teachers are role models of behavior and reasoning by the actions they display in their classroom and the structure which they establish for their students. Each of these things will play a role in the development of personal values. As children become more active and involved in school, the sphere of influence widens further. Friends, team mates, school organizations, sports activities, and clubs are examples of influence that continue to mold our value system. Entering the workforce further provides opportunities for our values to be shaped by those surrounding us. Everyone is affected by the culture and values of the companies they work with. Coworkers, managers, and the company’s executives all have the opportunity to participate in the on-going process of influencing and shaping the values of those around them. Professional organizations and civic activities will also play a role in the on-going development of personal values.
Do Personal Values Change? A person’s values will change as they get older. With aging, maturity and life experiences, an individual may develop a new and perhaps different understanding of his or her own personal values. What was seemingly important as a child may not be as important as an adult. At
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