As many of you know, we have been posting weekly about our #LivingTheValues Campaign. This campaign aims to explain our company values: Commitment, Continuous Improvement, Character, and Optimism, as well as demonstrate where we see those values in our employees every day. Anyone and any company can say, “The values that mean the most to us our _____, ______, and ______.” However, the actions of the individual or of the company could be different and the values fall by the waist-side. There is a common saying, “Actions speak louder than words.” That is why we feel it is important to share specific instances, big and small, where our staff, children, and community members share our values.
Core values are the things that you believe are most important in the way you live and work. Core values should determine your priorities and the priorities of your company. Core values are what support the vision of your company and help shape its culture. They are the essence of the company’s identity – their principles, beliefs and philosophies. Many companies focus mostly on the technical competencies but often forget the underlying competencies that make their companies run smoothly.
Having clear core values makes decision-making a lot more simple. Making value-based choices may not always be easy. However, making a choice that you know is right is a lot less difficult in the long run. And if you empower your employees to make decisions, there is no better way than to have them make those decisions then basing those decisions on the core values of your company.
Lastly, always reinforce your core values. Remind yourself of them, and their importance. This will strengthen your relationships, as well as help as a reminder to make decisions in a fair and ethical manner.
So, what values mean most to you? Do you live by those values? Do your actions correspond with what you believe? How important are they to you?
Blake Kraussel, Director of Administration and Employee Development