Embrace your values...


To be who you are isn’t as easy as it sounds. The pressures of growing up are incredible as kids face all kinds of external influences and internal emotions. And then all of that shows up in the workplace when they get hired. Recruiters strive to figure out who and what they’re hiring, hoping that their new employee has a good internal compass and excellent set of personal values, all of which they’ll hopefully use when deciding how to act. That’s why it’s so important to have a set of company values and weave them into things like the job interview, the on-boarding process, the orientation, and the way managers act. If the company’s values and the employee’s values are aligned, they may grow and become what they’re capable of while working for you. If they’re not you begin to feel the friction immediately. Use your company’s values in everything you say and do – that too is easier said than done. Look them up this week and see if they really reflect what you want your company to be. If they are, ask some of your employees if they know what they are; if they do, then reinforce them every day, in every way.  If they don’t, you’ve got some work to do. Let your employees know what you expect of yourself and them today.

 

Alvin Ailey (1931 – 1989):  African American dancer, director, choreographer, and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater