Monday March 19, 2012
Last week I (Jane Sunley) met with a prospective client and the conversation turned to the importance of values and culture within business.
In the room were the CEO and HR director; both of whom stated that having clearly defined values were vital to the success of their business. They assured me that all of their people knew what the business stood for. I recommended putting this theory to the test. We asked an employee if they could state the five company values. Struggling after the second, it was clear that perhaps their people weren't as aware as first thought. So I then flipped this back to the CEO and HRD; could they name all of the values? They managed three (between them) before pulling out the values chart...
Is it any surprise then that their people struggled to understand what the business stood for, the core values each business unit was supposed to live by, when their senior management team could not articulate their five simple straight away?
This article originally appeared in HR Magazine. To read in full click the below link,