So, why do you need them? Just like your organisation’s vision and mission, your core values embody what your company stands for. Your core values set the tone and direction for everything you do. If you are recruiting, performance managing or resolving employee disputes, your core values are the benchmark of your company’s expectations.
They aren’t just nice positive phrases that are placed up on a wall— they form your organisational culture and the way your business operates.
HR Staff n’ Stuff
Our organisation started to grow last year and although we had implicit values in the practical and down to earth way we conduct our business and give advice to our clients, we really wanted to define our core values.
It’s important to us as we grow that we maintain our culture and way of doing business, and our values will play a huge part in our recruitment process moving forward. Our values were developed by our team and the process solidified what our business stands for.
HR Staff n’ Staff’s values are:
Their strategic vision is to be ‘World’s Best Low Fares Airline’. Their values are:
True to their mission of making the world more open and connected, Facebook’s core values are:
The best way to develop your company’s values are by a collaborative team approach. Values are not something that should be determined at the top and pushed down. Get your team involved! Run workshops, talk to your team, collate their feedback and ask what’s important to them. Getting their involvement and engagement helps immensely with reinforcing and living your company values.
The most fundamental thing when deciding on your values is that they shouldn’t just be about who we want to be but rather, reflect who we are now.
Developing core values for your business shouldn’t be taken lightly! To avoid this being a token exercise, as an organisation you have to be committed to upholding and living your company’s core values. The values need to be embedded fully in your business to have any meaning, and be lived and breathed every day. They should be included in position descriptions, policies, recruitment processes and reward and recognition programs. Doing this ensures that all your staff are aligned to your organisation’s purpose and way you do business.
We believe that organisations thrive when people understand not just what their job entails but also how they’re supposed to do their job in line with their company values. When a business is aligned in what it stands for and how it operates in the world, its workplace culture is what makes the business special and unique.
If you need some assistance developing your company values or need a hand working on workplace culture issues, contact HR Staff n’ Stuff to see how we can help.