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Values in the Workplace

Proper values play a key role in the professional growth of an employer and the employees as well. We'll have a look at all the values that are a given at the workplace.
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How do you define values at the workplace? To put them in simple words, they can be defined as a code of conduct or expectations about employees' behavior or actions in the organization. Every organization, be it a company, an association formed by various companies, or even social groups, expect employees or members to abide by certain norms, which are also called organization ethics or workplace ethics. And of course, there are some values expected from the employers too.

Ethics and values, in a professional setting, are the building blocks of any organization. Ethics lay a foundation for any organization. Every organization employs people with different backgrounds, attitudes, and behavioral skills. This leads to the need of a defined protocol, which depicts values such as abiding by the rules and regulations in effect, commitment towards duty, business ethics, et al. Employees and employers share a symbiotic relationship, one which is aimed at growth of both parties, along with the organization. So it becomes necessary for both to follow certain ethics at the workplace.

Employee Values

Punctual: Punctuality can be stated as one among the most important values that an employer expects from the employees. Punctuality is simply recognizing the importance of time. Showing up at the time appointed, or completing work before a deadline, can be something that reflects this trait.

Cooperative: By being cooperative, you inculcate in yourself not only professional value, but personal value of cooperation as well. A strategic problem faced by an organization can be very well solved by cooperation.

Committed: Commitment plays a vital role in molding you as a professional. Some individuals are fast learners and some are a little slow. But in the end, it's commitment that takes you up the ladder in any organization. Commitment towards work also gives you satisfaction of doing justice to your work.

Integrity: Integrity reflects character. Every employee should try to develop integrity. This demands being complete. Integrity is a moral value that every employee should try to embrace.

Honest and Loyal: Honesty and loyalty are personal values that go hand in hand, and are important at the workplace as well. An honest employee will always try to avoid malpractice, and will always be loyal to the organization.

Maintaining Confidentiality: Employees should always maintain confidentiality about information or data owned by an organization. It is the moral responsibility of all employees to abide by the non-disclosure policy of a company.

Employer Values

Equality: An organization should strictly avoid discrimination among its employees. Equality must be practiced, and prejudice about nationality, religion, and favoritism about gender or age should be avoided, in order to create a healthy work environment for all the employees. Performance and productivity should be the only key factors while considering promotions or appraisals.

Clarity in Recruitment: The organization's hiring process should be transparent. Often, it is seen that recruitment is influenced by the decisions of senior level personnel. This personal interest should not hinder the hiring process in any way, and only deserving individuals should be preferred.

Caring for Employees: Making sure that the employees are getting appraised as per company policies, and communicating with them about the various issues they face at the workplace from time to time shows that the employer is caring towards the employees. The employees feel motivated if their opinions and ideas are sought, for instance, some changes in the business process. This results in receiving creative ideas, which can be implemented for the betterment of the business process. And needless to say, rewarding the right suggestions or ideas helps building a feeling of caring for the employees by the organization.

Organizations across the globe have realized the importance of values. Many organizations conduct ethics training programs for their employees. It becomes a moral responsibility of an employee to abide by the code of conduct, and it is the moral responsibility of an organization to create a value-based work environment.
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