The Experience Type places high value on how they experience their work, as the primary manifestation of integrating their faith and work. The Experience Type has different motivators and can be observed in different ways. The motivators are a search for: meaning in their work; purpose for their work; and value in the work itself. There is an outcomes orientation (where work is primarily understood as a means to an end) and a process/activity orientation (where work is an end in its own right and a process to be valued). Both orientations place high importance on experiencing work as something greater than just a job to pay the bills. They also are committed to doing their work excellently. They view work as having deep personal resonances and even divine importance. Some traditions view it as a vocation or a calling, experiencing it as having spiritual connotations, even referring to their work as a ministry, believing God placed them in their position for a purpose.
Atheists and agnostics can also be Experience Types though they find meaning, purpose, and value in their work without reference to God or a higher power. Finding meaning, purpose, and value in work is a common goal among religious and nonreligious types alike, as what one does and why one does it is crucial to one’s sense of satisfaction, well-being, and identity. Moreover, people in the Experience Type do not need to have noble, socially respected, or high-paying jobs to consider their work a calling or imbue it with heightened importance. From supermarket checkout clerks to CEOs, these types experience work as a place where they find meaning, purpose, and/or value in what they do.
The Experience Type with an outcomes orientation views work primarily as a means to an end. While the work itself is not unimportant to them, it is seen as the vehicle or platform for something greater. The end result of their work or perhaps the aggregation of the organization's work product or service provides them meaning and purpose. Work is the means to connect with something bigger than themselves, to a bigger vision of serving the world, to God, or a higher purpose. For the outcomes Experience Type, work is a means not only to help provide material needs for oneself but also for society as a whole. It is not their title or organizational position that provides meaning or purpose. Rather, the outcomes Experience Type finds meaning and purpose by understanding their work's larger social benefit, as a means to help and serve others, and for people of faith as a form of honoring of God.
The Experience Type with a process/activity orientation views work as an end in itself. They identify very closely with the nature of what they do and/or their position, viewing it as a spiritual calling, "how I'm wired," or "what I was born to do." Since their identity is closely wrapped up with their work, it can be devastating to their well-being if they lose their work, whether though down-sizing, disability, or retirement. Process/activity Experience Types place value on the nature of work itself, mastering the processes and tasks that comprise their work, and doing their activity with excellence. Some with this orientation place accent on valuing the interpersonal relationships they nurture in the workplace, and the ability to provide comfort, care, and kindness to their coworkers and colleagues. As with other manifestations in the Four E's, the two orientations of Experience types might blend or overlap in the same person.