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Posted by Sarah Brown on 28 Jun '16

Are your company values working?

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5 easy questions to find out

The easy way to know if your company values are working is to ask the following five questions:  

1 Does everyone who comes in contact with your company get treated consistently? If not, it may be some staff don’t understand how your values translate into actions or just don’t follow them

2 Do your staff think they are treated fairly or does it depend on the manager or who you ask? Companies with strong values are judged by their staff to be fairer and consequently staff are happier and more engaged

3 Do staff tend to use their initiative or wait for guidance?  Companies with clear values which people understand will have staff who are confident to act because they know what they should do in any circumstance because of the company values

4 Are there company stories about how you have exemplified your values? What people tell stories about illustrates what they think is important and help everyone to feel part of ‘this is how we do things around here’. The stories will reflect what are the real values of the company – these may not be the official ones!

5 Can you measure the success of your values? We always look to find some clear indicators that the values and their associated behaviours are being followed – these are also brilliant for marketing.

Here are a couple of other blogs which may interest you if your company values are important to you

Are shared values either realistic or achievable?

How treating staff well could solve the UK’s productivity crisis and what staff want

Our work with values is part of the support that we give leaders find out more here