A Website Design Company Exploring Company Values
Company values are nothing new –they’re in the organisation handbook that lives in the filing drawer, never given much thought. But here’s why it’s worth wiping the cobwebs off that handbook and embodying your company values in the everyday work environment.
Inspired, I decided to give it a try in my company. I have to say, it’s made a tangible difference to our business. Here’s what we did:
We got our team together. We explained what company values are, and then we had a creative discussion on what made us who we are. What kind of environment do we want to work in? What kind of people do we want to work with? What do we commit to delivering to our clients? How do we want to relate to our clients, and our clients to relate to us? What makes us happy and fulfilled at work?
After really listening to our team, themes and ideas began to form. We took on their feedback and came up with a draft list of 10 values. Then we tinkered, debated, and revised, until everyone was happy we’d captured the essence of what we’re about as a web design company.
Now we had the values – that was the easy part. But how would we make them come alive; saving them from the murky depths of the filing drawer? A few things need to happen…
1) The values are visible, on the wall in front of every team members desk
2) All new team members are taken through a values orientation, with working examples of the values put into practice.
3) Every week at our team meetings, we recognise specific instances where one of our values has been put into practice.
4) We make new hires, not just based on experience, but on how the candidate reflects our values. It’s amazing how company values create a clear picture of the type of person that will be a good “fit” for your organisation.
So what was the result?
In essence, the whole process has defined what we’re about. Our team own the values, because they helped create them. Our people feel like they are part of something they were part of building. New people to our organisation quickly understand what is expected of them, and what they can expect from us. It’s also given us more consistency – the way we operate across the board now has a core character to it.
Creating our core values has been an organisation-changing experience for us. Speaking personally, it’s been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in business thus far. I can’t recommend the process highly enough.
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123Online are a website design company based in Auckland, New Zealand, offering web design packages and affordable web design pricing suited to small to medium businesses.