In this write-up, I would like to reflect on what I think about values and why they are important fundamental beliefs upon which the business and its behavior should be based upon. They are the guiding principles that organizations use to manage their internal affairs as well as their relationship with clients and partners.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
For me, character and values play a very important role in defining me as a human being. It has always driven my beliefs, thoughts, actions, and habits.
There is a saying in Sanskrit,
वृत्तं यत्नेन संरक्षेत्वित्तमायाति याति च ।
अक्षीणो वित्ततः क्षीणो वृत्ततस्तु हतो हतः ॥
“One should protect the character and values with great efforts, as money is transient, comes and goes, the loser of money is not inferior, but the person, whose character is destroyed, he himself is entirely destroyed.”
Adhering to values is very important for individuals as well as for organizations and it should be more than stated values; they must be practiced values. If the organization doesn’t follow through on the values it claims to hold, employees, Partners and client/customers see through that hypocrisy and it will be greatly damaging for the organization. A strong set of organization values provides direction to the organization and helps it build a reputation. The organizational values define how business interacts with its audience and makes important business decisions.
It’s very important for an organization to do some soul searching and ask themselves,
What are the core values that it will adhere to?
What are the guiding principles for the organization?
What will be its distinguishing factors?
What will be the core values it wants to see in its employees, partners, and vendors?
The main champion of driving values is the leader. But the leader alone can’t drive the organizational culture and it is crucial for the leader to identify at an early stage who else within the organization is going to be on his or her side. It is important to identify people who have the desired behaviors of the culture that the company aspires to and who are visible within the organization. The identified ‘value champions’ should work with the leadership to ensure that all employees are familiar with organization values. Once all employees come on board then it’s imperative that they put it into practice and leadership should encourage and incentivize them to do that.
At SannamS4, adhering to the company’s values and principles is of utmost importance. Leaders, executives, and employees, all honor the company’s core values of integrity, collaboration, efficacy, embracing change and empowerment. At SannamS4, both clients and employees are given their due importance and respect. In my experience of more than three years at SannamS4, I have seen the organization deploying lots of employee-friendly policies and continuously make active efforts to cater to the needs of all stakeholders involved. We are part of a team of committed individuals communicating openly to create excellence. We are not a team because we work together. We are a team because we are honest, have integrity, and care for each other.