Men More Likely to Accept Employer’s Values

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<p><strong>Minneapolis &mdash; June 6&nbsp; &nbsp;</strong><br /> Men are more likely than women to accept their employer&rsquo;s core values, according to a nationwide telephone survey by CO2 Partners, a Minnesota leadership development firm. <br /><br />Although 50 percent of men say they share their employer&rsquo;s values, only 39 percent of women do so, an 11-point gap in a survey with a 4 percent margin of error.<br /><br />The survey reveals an employee-employer values gap between the sexes, said CO2 Partners President Gary Cohen.&nbsp; </p><p>&ldquo;The gap is present even when controlling for age, income and education,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br />Respondents were asked, &ldquo;Which of the following best describes your attitude toward your own core values and how you earn a living?&rdquo;</p><ul><li>You know what your core values are and they are consistent with your employer&rsquo;s.</li><ul><li>Women: 39</li></ul><ul><li>Men: 50 percent</li></ul></ul><ul><li>You know what your core values are, but they are not always consistent with your employer&rsquo;s.</li></ul> <ul><ul><li>Women: 32 percent</li></ul><ul><li>Men: 28 percent&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /></li></ul></ul><ul><li>You are not certain what your core values are, but you never feel uncomfortable working for your employer.</li></ul><ul><ul><li>Women: 15 percent</li></ul><ul><li>Men: 8 percent<br /></li></ul></ul><ul><li>You don&rsquo;t feel core values have much to do with the work you do.</li></ul><ul><ul><li>Women: 9 percent</li></ul><ul><li>Men: 11 percent</li></ul></ul><p>The findings might reflect the novelty of the research topic, Cohen said.&nbsp; </p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think people are used to being asked about their core values, so some respondents may have had difficulty getting a focus,&quot; he said. &quot;Nevertheless, we feel sure this is a rich vein for further research, an endeavor organizations can&rsquo;t avoid if they&rsquo;re effectively going to address engagement.<br />&nbsp;<br />&ldquo;For the individual employee, understanding one&rsquo;s values and being able to work in alignment with them can have a huge impact on performance. Clearly, there is a link between core values and emotional commitment.&nbsp; Working in alignment with one&rsquo;s values reduces the likelihood of emotional outbursts or unproductive.&rdquo;<br /><br />The survey of 615 employed Americans was conducted by International Communications Research, Media, Pa.</p>

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