Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Donald G. Zytowski
It is generally accepted that there are three or four things that contribute to success and satisfaction at work or in a career. Skills or abilities are foundations of success; interests and work values are the sources of satisfaction. Skills and abilities and interests are generally understood by people seeking jobs; work values are less well understood. Generally work values have been defined in terms of preferences for jobs, occupations, or careers. Work values differ from interests, which are preferences for activities, such as science, helping others, or selling things. Work values vary from one person to another even in the same job: One person may like a job because it pays well; another may like ...