InSight™ Values / Work Characteristics Inventory - Part 1

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The following 64 work-related Values / Characteristics are grouped into 10 categories. Read the description carefully, and then check the column that best describes you.

Limit the number of "Highly Valued" to a dozen or so if possible, and make a point to distinguish between "Rarely valued" and "Not valued."

Category 1: Structure and Pace

Value/Work Characteristic Highly valued Very important to have in your work Frequently valued Moderately important to have in your work Sometimes valued Nice, but not particularly important to have in your work Rarely valued Doesn't matter to have or not have in your work; neutral Not valued Want to avoid in your work; dislike
Fast Pace Working at a rapid pace or meeting tight deadlines
Tranquility Working at a leisurely pace
Pressure Working in environments where there is time pressure, no room for error, or demanding interpersonal relationships
Task/Schedule Autonomy Freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and organize work schedule accordingly
Structured Tasks Tasks and priorities are clearly defined and/or predetermined
Time Autonomy Freedom to structure work time (hours and/or days) as you desire
Structured Time Work schedule and hours are clearly defined
Variety/Change Frequent change in tasks, settings, or location
Repetition Work involving repetitive or similar tasks
Predictability Predictable tasks, schedule, or outcome
Precision Working with very precise or exacting standards and careful attention to detail
Adventure Often taking risks in your work
Safety Work not involving risk of injury
Excitement Work entailing a high degree of stimulation

Category 2: Responsibility

Value/Work Characteristic Highly valued Very important to have in your work Frequently valued Moderately important to have in your work Sometimes valued Nice, but not particularly important to have in your work Rarely valued Doesn't matter to have or not have in your work; neutral Not valued Want to avoid in your work; dislike
Authority Directing, determining, or controlling the actions of other people, directly or indirectly
Decision Making Making decisions with significant outcomes at stake
Influence Persuading, convincing, or advising others without direct authority
Supervision Being directly responsible for the work or performance of others

Category 3: Income

Value/Work Characteristic Highly valued Very important to have in your work Frequently valued Moderately important to have in your work Sometimes valued Nice, but not particularly important to have in your work Rarely valued Doesn't matter to have or not have in your work; neutral Not valued Want to avoid in your work; dislike
High earnings Working in an occupation where earnings are high compared to the average income
Performance/Incentive based Working in an environment where your earnings are tied directly to your performance or results
Stability Earnings are predictable and unlikely to decrease or increase significantly
Profit Situations where large profit gains are possible through incentives, commission, stock options, ownership, public offerings, etc.
Benefits Substantial benefits or privileges, generous medical or retirement plans, expense accounts, company car, free merchandise or services such as travel, etc.
Security Relatively high likelihood of keeping job
Regular Raises Occupations with steady and regular raises with satisfactory performance

Category 4: Accomplishment

Value/Work Characteristic Highly valued Very important to have in your work Frequently valued Moderately important to have in your work Sometimes valued Nice, but not particularly important to have in your work Rarely valued Doesn't matter to have or not have in your work; neutral Not valued Want to avoid in your work; dislike
Expertise Working in a position where you are regarded as an expert or an authority in your field
Competence/Proficiency Working in roles where you are effective and can demonstrate proficiency
Recognition Working in occupations considered important by others; receiving credit or positive feedback
Status Working in roles with prestige or status based upon type of role or responsibility
Advancement Being able to advance in skills, authority, or income
Make a difference Making a contribution to society; making the world a better place
Competition Regularly competing with others

Category 5: Challenge

Value/Work Characteristic Highly valued Very important to have in your work Frequently valued Moderately important to have in your work Sometimes valued Nice, but not particularly important to have in your work Rarely valued Doesn't matter to have or not have in your work; neutral Not valued Want to avoid in your work; dislike
Leading edge of information Being on the cutting edge of information or knowledge; generating new ideas; research and development
Physical Demand Working in occupations requiring physical strength, ability, or speed
Daily challenge Having daily challenges to meet and overcome
Routine Predictable daily routine without demanding challenges
Problem solving Regularly troubleshoot, diagnose, and solve difficult problems or answer complex questions

Category 6: Travel

Value/Work Characteristic Highly valued Very important to have in your work Frequently valued Moderately important to have in your work Sometimes valued Nice, but not particularly important to have in your work Rarely valued Doesn't matter to have or not have in your work; neutral Not valued Want to avoid in your work; dislike
Frequent Local Travel Frequent day travel without requiring an overnight stay
Occasional Local Travel Occasional day travel without requiring an overnight stay
Frequent Overnight Travel Frequent travel with overnight stays
Occasional Overnight Travel Occasional travel with overnight stays

Category 7: Environment

Value/Work Characteristic Highly valued Very important to have in your work Frequently valued Moderately important to have in your work Sometimes valued Nice, but not particularly important to have in your work Rarely valued Doesn't matter to have or not have in your work; neutral Not valued Want to avoid in your work; dislike
Geographic Location - General Geographic location, whatever the preference, is of great importance
Metro Living in a major city or metropolitan area
Suburb Living in a suburban area
Rural Living in a country or rural area
Inside Working primarily indoors
Outside Working primarily outdoors
Professional Dress Wearing more formal professional dress
Casual Dress Wearing casual comfortable clothes
Aesthetics Working in an aesthetically pleasing environment

Category 8: Morality/Ethics

Value/Work Characteristic Highly valued Very important to have in your work Frequently valued Moderately important to have in your work Sometimes valued Nice, but not particularly important to have in your work Rarely valued Doesn't matter to have or not have in your work; neutral Not valued Want to avoid in your work; dislike
Moral Values Working toward or with moral ideals you hold to be important
Religious Values Working toward or with religious values, ideals, or tenets
Political Values Working toward or with political ideologies

Category 9: Creativity

Value/Work Characteristic Highly valued Very important to have in your work Frequently valued Moderately important to have in your work Sometimes valued Nice, but not particularly important to have in your work Rarely valued Doesn't matter to have or not have in your work; neutral Not valued Want to avoid in your work; dislike
General Creativity Using creativity in your work; generating new ideas, creating new methods or technologies
Uniqueness Being in an environment where being different is accepted or encouraged
Artistic Creativity Working with various art forms or media
Expression Expressing ideas orally or in writing

Category 10: Interpersonal

Value/Work Characteristic Highly valued Very important to have in your work Frequently valued Moderately important to have in your work Sometimes valued Nice, but not particularly important to have in your work Rarely valued Doesn't matter to have or not have in your work; neutral Not valued Want to avoid in your work; dislike
Public Interaction Having regular interaction with the public
Work with Team Working as a member of a team
Work Alone Working primarily alone
Helping Individuals Helping, advising, treating or contributing to people individually or in groups
Helping Society Contributing to the overall betterment of society; making a difference
Friendships Developing personal relationships through work associations
Affiliations Being a part of and identified with an organization or association
 
 


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