Organisational Values

Today I am talking about organisational values and why they are important both for you as the owner and for your staff to understand and all of the organisation living them. 

Organisational values describe the core ethics or principles which the company will abide by, no matter what. They inspire employees’ best efforts and constrain their actions. … Over time, they will improve the organisation’s ethical character as expressed in its operations and culture.

Our values are important because they help us to grow and develop. They help us to create the future we want to experience.

Every individual and every organisation is involved in making hundreds of decisions every day. The decisions we make reflect our values and beliefs, and they are always directed towards a specific purpose. That purpose is the satisfaction of our individual or collective (organisational) needs.

There are four types of values that we find in an organisational setting: individual values, relationship values, organisational values, and societal values.

INDIVIDUAL VALUES

Individual values reflect how you show up in your life and your specific needs-the the principles you live by and what you consider important for your self-interest. Individual values include enthusiasm, creativity, humility, and personal fulfilment.

RELATIONSHIP VALUES

Relationship values reflect how you relate to other people in your life, be they friends, family, or colleagues in your organisation. Relationship values include openness, trust, generosity and caring.

ORGANISATIONAL VALUES

Organisational values reflect how your organisation shows up and operates in the world. Organisational values include financial growth, teamwork, productivity and strategic alliances.

SOCIETAL VALUES

Societal values reflect how you or your organisation relates to society. Societal values include future generations, environmental awareness, ecology and sustainability.  Corporate Social Responsibility is important for every business. Mine is that I recycle and buy less plastic and clothes. I  purchase refills so I reuse containers. It’s both a CSR and personal value.  I work from home so all these reflect on my business too. Corporate Social Responsibility is important for all organisations and how you display CSR  will depend on your values.

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