Organisational Insights

Get the buzz: the value of reviewing your values

Do you step out for your work day with a buzz, ready to take on the working day?
If yes, good for you – surely a key to a satisfying career. But for those without the buzz, an empty work day beckons. Now stop and reflect on that emptiness.

Have you considered your values?
Things like integrity, status or stability. Or challenge, freedom and autonomy.

Are they aligned with your current role?
Imagine the worker who values the community but works in an organisation that places the individual before others. I know of the former stockbroker who has found re-invigorated meaning in his working day by now working with animals.

Before a call to your recruitment agent
A place to begin is by a review of your values. There are lists of values that a Google search will produce for you. Set aside 10 – 60 minutes for reflection. Start by creating a top 10, then whittle that down to your top 5. Write down a time when you really lived each of those values and how it made you feel. Next rank those 5 from most important to least. Now think about how your work is aligned with your values?

For me, my top two values are a curious combination of family and achievement. To satisfy the former, I seek a work environment with flex. That allows me to get home at a reasonable hour to have dinner with the kids, work from home from time to time to do the occasional school pick-up, and the ability to work at night after the kids have gone to bed.
And I crave achievement. Completion of the project, meeting my targets, even small things like completion of my urgent and important items on my ‘To-Do’ list (a topic in itself for a future blog). So I have reconciled the two by seeking achievement in my field, with the regulating mechanism of my family so I do not lose balance.

There is no right or wrong answer here.
Your values are yours. And with that greater sense of self-awareness, the buzz can be yours.

What others are saying

I have great respect for McCormack Employment Services,  your down to earth & genuine interest in your applicants and that you have always treated me with dignity & respect for which I am also most grateful.
Anita S. - Executive Assistant

I always found your recruits a higher standard and your screening better.

Peter Ireland - (former Head - Governance, Policy & Risk, Sydney Catholic Schools)

Hey Cheryl,

Loved your insight into motivation, brought back memories. I’ve now been appointed as HSE Advisor for SA in a shared national role. I subscribed to your Leadership Insights Series to start the old grey matter up again.

Steve Francis - (former Retail Management Team, SA)

Cheryl, I just love how professional you are, every step of the way you ace it! A big thank you for your help and guidance.

Nicky Pellegriti - TAS Assistant, MSBC

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for the valuable assistance you’ve given me during my job search, you have generously shared your expertise.

Zoe, P - EA, CAS

I can’t thank you enough for your support in helping me secure the SJOG role, working with you is always such a positive experience!

Lynn Devitt - Casa Venegas, St John of God

I would just like to extend my gratitude for walking alongside me on this journey, thank you a hundred fold.

Abbel Gaspi - Project Officer, Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

We really enjoyed your time with our team, there was much learned about ourselves and each other, thanks again for your wise guidance.

Megan, S - MBTI Workshop

You have been the best recruiter I have met, committed, caring and with a strong work ethic.

Natalie Centoira - Placed candidate

Thanks for your professionalism, support and assistance.

Sonia Perez - Human Resources Manager, Oakhill College

Thank you so much for the opportunity to win the role with Envy Jewellery, I am enjoying it so much that I hope to be here for years to come!

Raewyn Wilson - Customer Service Coordinator, Envy Jewellery

Thanks to Cheryl and the team at McCormack’s for yet again sourcing an appropriate applicant and successfully filling an unusual vacancy at our College.  I would not hesitate to recommend their services.

Joanne Kessey - Secretary to Mr Michael Blake, College Principal, Champagnat Catholic College Pagewood

I want to take a moment to thank you for all the support you’ve shown me throughout my job search process. I am so appreciative of not only the way you made me feel at our first meeting but your generosity with your time and resources.

Donna Laney - Senior Administration Officer – Student Services, Mt St Benedict College

Once again Cheryl, you have found a great position that suits my needs and skills. I will be forever grateful to you.

Kerrie Scarpellino - Placed Candidate

I am absolutely thrilled to be offered permanency. I wish to greatly thank you for all the effort in securing this position and for believing in me and encouraging me to move forward.

Nancy M - Placed Candidate, Catholic Cemeteries & Crematoria