Your business strategies shift; your organization’s values should not. They guide employee actions and influence business practices. They help provide meaning for employees searching for an emotional connection to work each day. Also known as ground rules or operating principles, at their best values are actionable guidelines, not to be confused with abstract beliefs that are merely “held” or posted on a plaque.
It’s not easy to integrate a commitment to organizational values with a laser-like focus on business results. Remarkable organizations manage to do both. Their leaders model the values and repeatedly translate the values’ abstract concepts into tangible examples of decisions and behavior. They monitor their value congruence, which is how well their business practices align with their values. Their employees use values to guide their initiative and actions.
Source: Posner, B.Z., and Schmidt, W.H. – “Values Congruence and Differences Between the Interplay of Personal and Organizational Value Systems.” Journal of Business Ethics, 1992, 12(2), 174.
Understanding your value congruence, or the relationship between your personal values and organizational values is key to developing a high-performing culture.
Congruence or clarity about both personal value systems and organizational value systems were found to be more important and, in the absence of one or the other, clarity of personal values were shown to have more positive impact than organizational value clarity.”
– Barry Posner & Warren Schmidt.