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Discussing the value of value

By Tig2 ·
Let's all face it. We can argue software and hardware all day. We do it in many ways. But if pressed, can you really define "value"?

One person I asked, said that, "value is the sense that you have spent wisely". That makes some sense for me. You can check out Dictionary.com, here: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/value.

The reality is that the concept of "value" steps away from any effort to explain it simply.

I just got out of hospital where I was kept NPO (without food/water) for long periods of time. Believe me when I tell you, it is possible to get teary eyed over a couple of graham crackers and peanut butter! I am VERY happily "valuing" a low sodium, low fat meal that is my new tasty. Maybe that is why they don't let you eat...

From another perspective, I value this place, you people, and the knowledge that I can open a thread on any subject that passes my fancy. I value the freedom I receive, I value the voices I hear (yours), I value that you experience this place as a place to learn, grow, and toss in your two cents.

From a professional perspective, I advise clients regarding technology purchases that will give them the greatest value for the least spend- long lived products that will increase the company bottom line.

So we can see that defining value isn't a walk in the park. Here's the rub... we are ALL required to provide it, or find new employment. Not an easy task, and my real question.

How do you provide value in an increasingly competitive workplace? What things can you suggest to a struggling co-worker? Is it possible to show an employer YOUR value personally while working collaboratively?

I can't wait to hear- and to VALUE- your responses.

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Time and circumstance

by santeewelding In reply to Discussing the value of v ...

Have brought you to this, haven't they?

Don't misconstrue. Where you are right now is good.

So is the subject.

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Customer defines "value"

by DMambo In reply to Discussing the value of v ...

That's the way I look at it. My wife once bought a pair of sandals for $60. I thought it was a waste of money, but she said that they were originally $240, so she felt she got value from the purchase. She's had them for years and loves them.

At work, I figure that the value I provide is determined by the person who needs my services. If I can convince 80% - 90% of the people that I work with (work for) that they got value from my services, they're likely to convey that to their managers. If that happens, it'll eventually reflect well on me. To them, it doesn't matter what my salary is. If they're happy with the service, then I provide value to them and therefore to the company.

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