The Business of Investing in Values

Posted by HRDQ on 02/19/2018 to Workplace Conduct

Investing values in the workplace

Many people think of organizational values as some sort of lip-service proclamation that emerged from the latest executive management retreat. Or perhaps they think spending time talking about values is an unproductive use of time. But what many people assume are “values” really aren’t. They’re much more than that. Values are the unconscious force behind personal action. In a world that’s in a constant state of flux, values are what remain steadfast and true. And smart organizations know that they are the vital link to culture, commitment—and a competitive advantage.
Companies that connect values to strategy have a solid foundation for decision making, employee engagement, and team performance. On a personal level, people who are aware of their values are stronger employees and leaders because they have a natural resilience to change and the know-how to succeed in challenging situations and environments. 
Below are some workplace values that are worth noting:
  • Ethics. Working in an environment with unethical employees can have negative consequences on organizational trust and morale. Ethical behavior includes accountability, professionalism and respect. Sometimes an organization needs to change its culture as well.
  • Trust. It takes the combined efforts of two people who have a commitment to developing a relationship based on honesty, with consistent and benevolent interactions. To boost the level of trust, there are probably changes that should be made in daily interactions with the other person.
  • Empathy. The ability to recognize and respond to one's emotions is necessary at work. Having empathy for others will allow colleagues to relate to one another and create strong relationships.
  • Respect. Being able to appreciate and understand others in their role is part of respect. Respect is holding your colleagues in high regard and admiring the work that they do.
  • Dedication. Those who are dedicated to their job work harder and contribute to their team. Dedication is showing that you believe in your team and you will always do your best at your position.
How to Improve Values
As a trainer, investing time and effort in value discovery and clarity during HR training provides individuals, teams, and organizations with a clear sense of purpose and a guiding force through turbulent times. It promotes a positive culture that helps companies better adapt to change. Values help standardize operations, reduce complexity and give people a basis for collaboration—a common vocabulary, a common language, and a common set of principles that drive decision making, performance, and growth.
Focus on the above values and strive to be a good example of them in order to encourage your team to be open to these work values as well. Operate with ethical behavior and be a trusting/trusted colleague. Encourage others to come to you with problems and demonstrate transparency. Show empathy and consideration for others at work, especially when they are struggling. Don't hesitate to reach out and offer a helping hand. Respect others -- whether they are at your level, superior to you, or below you in rank. Appreciate the job that they do well and respect the effort behind the work that they provide. Prove that you are dedicated to your job by giving 100 percent, which will encourage others to behave that way also. Continually focusing on positive values encourages more growth in the workplace and improves the company's overall employee satisfaction and bottom line.
An Real-life Example
In Supercorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good, author Rosabeth Kanter examines companies such as Proctor & Gamble and IBM. These businesses made it a strategic initiative to connect personal and organizational values in an effort to form strong internal cultures and external brand differentiation.
By embedding values into their operations, they’ve successfully stimulated opportunities for growth, motivated their people, and supercharged their organizations with energy and commitment. This book shows examples of workplaces that recognize the importance of values and how it lead to their success.
Workplace Conduct
Professional conduct in the workplace shows that employees meet their company's standards and that they have respect for other employees, customers, and partners. Common social behaviors include rudeness, harassment, appearance, language, cultural differences, and interpersonal issues, and workplace training will help to mitigate negative behaviors. There are essential guidelines when fostering a workplace where employees are treated with courtesy, dignity and fairness.
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