What are the differences between values, morals and ethics? They all provide behavioral rules, after all. It may seem like splitting hairs, but the differences can be important when persuading others.
Share via Email Our survey shows that companies with the strongest approach to applying values across all departments have a lively and honest dialogue about values, more or less all the time. For one thing, interpretations about what those values really mean — and how and when they should apply — can vary widely.
In a recent survey conducted by sustainability non-profit Katerva for Guardian Sustainable Business, we asked corporate leaders about the barriers they face in bringing company values to life and how these barriers are being addressed.
The answers suggest that employees at all levels are challenged by the inconsistent use of values, as well as a lack of open communication about where values aren't working. How much value does it actually have? It's not unusual for some values to end up getting applied more vigorously than others.
When values sow confusion instead of clarity Employees of multinationals reported the most unease about the gap between the values expressed on paper and how they play out in practice.
They reported that in multinational, multicultural situations, the values themselves can become sources of misunderstanding. While it is convenient to create short, snappy values statements, this brevity can force people to make assumptions about meaning, leading to frustration when translating both content and intent from one language or regional context to another.
As one respondent noted: This is especially true in places far from the headquarters and where the culture is very different. In the survey, multinational employees who reported the most open dialogue about values also expressed the greatest understanding and acceptance of those values. Still, frustrations about the gap between a company's stated values and their implementation figured prominently in respondents' written remarks.
Here are some quotes about the gap from individual respondents: If the CEO likes something, no matter how much of a waste of time it is, nobody is going to say so. One senior manager at a big multi-national wrote: This is particularly difficult here where women are still more 'seen than heard.
But our customer base is much more diverse at the management level than we are. It use to be that our leadership claimed they were doing the best they could — that there were not enough women educated as engineers to fill the spaces that ultimately lead to managerial spots.
But the available pool is there now. If you act outside of these, someone is going to notice and ask why.
Why should management care? Organizations with a culture of trust often have higher levels of performance and retention. But trust in leadership is lower than ever, according to the report, and the barriers to building trust are significant. This is where values play a huge role. To our respondents, values are just an accessory unless they are understood and lived consistently by all employees — from management to front-line workers — and applied fairly in every part of the world.
Taking on all the different assumptions and interpretations — and hammering out all the inconsistencies — takes plenty of courage from leadership.
But confronting these issues head on can move the values now hanging on the company wall to where they can really make a difference — in the everyday actions of your employees.The Values and Value of Patient-Centered Care The 10 Building Blocks of High-Performing Primary Care Estimating a Reasonable Patient Panel Size for Primary Care .
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Only the active participation of all members of the organization will ensure a truly organization-wide, value-based, shared culture.
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