Peace-makers At Work:'s Research Reveals The Benefits Of Social Values in The Workplace

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An employee’s value system can have a significant impact on his/her performance. A study by PsychTests indicates that employees with social values perform better.

Employees who value relationships and teamwork are an asset to a company.

People want to get back to what’s important, and it’s not money and power anymore. It’s the desire to connect with other human beings, a prize that is beyond value.

Many companies seek employees whose values match those of the organizational culture, but how does a person’s individual values affect their work performance? Using data collected from their Values Profile, researchers at PsychTests sought to uncover what top performers in a company value, and how it can impact their success.

Analyzing a sample of 2,100 people, the following employee types emerged from PsychTests’ study:


Distribution: 56% of top performers, 37% of poor performers

What they value

  •     Altruism
  •     Family & Friends
  •     Acceptance & Belonging
  •     Community
  •     Work/Life balance


  •     Easy to get along with
  •     Outgoing nature and caring personality could make them an inspiring and affable leader
  •     Team players
  •     Enjoy helping others
  •     Care about their customers
  •     Consider integrity a priority
  •     Don’t mind being put to work, as long as it doesn’t result in long hours
  •     Strive to set a good example for others
  •     Motivated by sense of accomplishment and verbal praise
  •     Good at developing a rapport with others
  •     Good at maintaining relationships with clients


  •     Given their preference for work/life balance, may not want to work overtime or travel very often
  •     Less likely to thrive in positions in which they have little contact with others
  •     Their easy-going nature could be taken advantage of
  •     May struggle to adapt to a dynamic, fast-paced work environment


Distribution: 16% of top performers, 26% of poor performers

What they value

  •     Practicality and simplicity
  •     Stability
  •     Financial security
  •     Hard work


  •     Enjoy being put to work – want to be productive
  •     Hard-working, especially on lucrative projects
  •     Steadfast workers who won’t stop until a job is done
  •     Model employees who would set a good example for others
  •     Methodical and efficient work approach
  •     Likely to be handy and/or good with tools
  •     Dedicated to projects that they are passionate about


  •     Need job security
  •     Need structure and routine
  •     Need to be recognized for their hard work with rewards of monetary value
  •     Much more practically-minded than creative or intellectual
  •     Not likely to be people-oriented and may prefer to work alone


Distribution: 15% of top performers, 22% of poor performers

What they value

  •     Knowledge
  •     Innovation
  •     Scientific Exploration
  •     Intellectualism


  •     Enjoy the challenge of complex projects
  •     Good problem-solvers
  •     Strong analytical reasoning skills
  •     Enjoy learning new things – and can be quick learners
  •     Innovative thinkers
  •     Methodical work approach
  •     Thrive on verbal praise more than any other form of reward
  •     Will work particularly hard on projects that appeal to their intellect


  •     Need to be challenged intellectually or will become bored
  •     Can be impatient with people who are not as intellectually advanced as they are
  •     Not particularly good with people – likely to need emotional intelligence training


Distribution: 7% of top performers, 4% of poor performers

What they value

  •     Creativity
  •     Beauty
  •     Art


  •     Brainstorming
  •     Creative expression
  •     Projects that require a unique and original approach
  •     Have a knack for channeling their emotions into creative endeavors
  •     Are not easily swayed from their beliefs or principles
  •     Love to learn and discover new things
  •     Challenges Their go-with-flow attitude and approach could result in disorganization – missed deadlines, lack of efficiency, etc.
  •     Unless a project fits their interests, they are unlikely to be very motivated or productive
  •     May prefer to work on their own, especially when it comes to creative endeavors
  •     Do not adapt well to highly-structured work environments


Distribution: 6% of top performers, 11% of poor performers

What they value

  •     Recognition
  •     Power
  •     Career
  •     Pride
  •     Competition


  •     Love to be challenged with complex tasks and projects
  •     Want to be put to work and like to be kept busy
  •     They aim high – and the greater and more lucrative the project, the harder they’ll work
  •     Independent and confident – don’t need their hand held by management
  •     Will strive to reach their fullest potential
  •     Challenges Need to be recognized and rewarded for their work
  •     Their competitive nature could rub others the wrong way
  •     Their assertive and direct demeanor could intimidate others
  •     Would prefer to lead than follow, and may not take direction well
  •     Can be impatient with people who don’t work at their pace
  •     Can be egotistical and self-absorbed
  •     More concerned about their own success

“Each type of employee has some strengths and areas to work on, but those who emphasize social values tend to have better performance ratings,” explains Dr. Jerabek, president of the company.

“The Peace-makers are employees who get a kick out of helping others. They want to be able to provide the best service to their customers; they want to help their team succeed; they also want to be a good family member, friend, and member of the community. They make success personal, because they know that through their hard work and dedication, they can help a lot of people.”

“In other studies we have conducted on values, one thing has become very clear: There is a strong emphasis on the importance of social values. People want to get back to what’s important, and it’s not money and power anymore. It’s the desire to connect with other human beings, a prize that is beyond value.”

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About PsychTests AIM Inc.:
PsychTests AIM Inc. originally appeared on the internet scene in 1996. Since its inception, it has become a pre-eminent provider of psychological assessment products and services to human resource personnel, therapists, academics, researchers and a host of other professionals around the world. PsychTests AIM Inc. staff is comprised of a dedicated team of psychologists, test developers, researchers, statisticians, writers, and artificial intelligence experts (see The company’s research division, Plumeus Inc., is supported in part by Research and Development Tax Credit awarded by Industry Canada.

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