“Values are Important and lasting beliefs or ideals shared by the members of a culture about what is good or bad and desirable or undesirable (Businessdictionary.com).” It’s your business, and it’s your job to set the rules of the game, to establish and communicate the beliefs and ideals of the culture in your business. Shouldn’t they represent what’s most important to you?
Take a look. What do you value in relationships, in finances, in how your business runs? What do you value in communication, in personal growth or spirituality? What do you value around physical health and wellness? There is no right or wrong answer here, there’s only what’s true for you. Then ask yourself, which of these are important in your business? For some folks, a spiritual or religious value has no place in business, for others it’s vital that their faith be expressed in the workplace. Whatever you decide, know that your values will establish the ideals that frame behavior in the workplace – giving your team a reference point for decision making that will support your goals. Be thoughtful, be clear, be courageous!