Sharing is caring: why your staff should share your company values
If we were to ask what your company values are, you’d probably be able to answer straight away. But if we were to ask your staff, would they be able to? Would their answers match up with yours?
There’s little point in identifying key company values if they aren’t shared or enforced. To establish a cohesive, productive, and happy work culture, you should share your values between yourself, your company, and your staff.
When you bring in new members of staff, you want to ensure they’re aligned with your values. If they are, they’ll be a welcomed addition to the team rather than throwing the atmosphere off-kilter. So what will shared values mean for your business?
Better professional relationships
Shared values will unite the workforce. Not only will your staff be able to relate to the business better, but they will also relate to each other. If you hire team members that are complementary to one another, professional relationships will thrive. Clear communication will become the norm and there’ll be less chance of problematic interactions.
Shared values mean your staff will respect each other, you, and the company more. There will be established common ground linking you all together and they’ll feel more motivated to do their part. Collaboration will come naturally. Your team will readily bounce ideas off one another and find the inspiration to help each other out.
If your staff share values and feel connected to the business, any forward progress will energise them as much as it does you. Shared values take your business from being a collection of disparate parts and make you one combined unit – working together towards the same end goal.
In this sense, performance will be better. If staff are aligned with the business and thus more motivated, they’ll care about the company and want it to be the best it can be. Because of this, they’ll work harder and want to be the best they can.
A lack of shared values will affect your company culture. Without them, tolerance and understanding will suffer. There won’t be mutual respect amongst the team and employee engagement will take the hit.
With shared values, your company culture can be one of happiness, respect, and drive. If everyone feels motivated, gets along, and wants to see the business thrive, employee engagement will increase.
Engaged business units have a 41% reduction in absenteeism and a 17% increase in productivity. In a lot of ways, professional relationships, employee engagement, and performance are all related and wrapped up in each other. Establishing your company’s values and making them known and understood will help improve each of these aspects. And all of these will come together to help your business be its best.
My Colleague is a tool for workforce management and employee engagement. It keeps all aspects of your business operation in one, easy to access place. Accessible by all your staff, it would make the perfect space to regularly share your values. If you have any questions, get in touch on 01782 213 116.
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