In an article for Inc., Paul Spiegelman discusses elements which work to enhance great company culture.
His first point lays emphasis on the concept of a core value. Spiegelman writes that a core value for a company should not merely be an abstract motto that goes unrecognized by employees. Rather, “they are essential guideposts when developed, communicated, and executed in a consistent manner.”
Core values within a company have the ability to influence business in a significant way. The condition of a core value should align with the goals of the company. An employee wants to associate his or herself with the business and others of a similar desire. Leaders and employees should be engaged with their core values, the meaning upon which a business finds itself. Isolation from these shared values damages employee morale and ultimately the productivity of the business.
Employees want to be a part of a company culture they can feel comfortable with and glad to contribute to, and Xenium HR works to exemplify this in a number of ways. In its covenant, Xenium HR reminds employees before coming to work to “be grateful for the work [they] do, the ability to help others, and that others have to help [them].”
For any company, especially one with a focus on human resources, this notion should influence one’s affect. This piece of the covenant should encourage an introspection that has the ability to positively influence behavior and attitude as a member of a team throughout the day.
This is the type of core value one should look to communicate within a company.
When one has a thankfulness and respect for the work he or she does, they directly connect with the company’s culture in a mutual gratitude. Such reminders serve to establish a positive work environment, encouraging progression of the individual employee and success of the company.