What does it mean to be a values-based organization?

 

March 8, 2018
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A values-based organization (VBO) is a living, breathing culture of shared core values among all employees. This is different from the traditional structure which is a more machine-like, business approach that focuses on an authoritarian type relationship or rigid organizational structure. A values-based organization is a culture shaped by a clear set of ground rules establishing a foundation and guiding principles for decision-making, actions and a sense of community. In a values-driven culture, employees find alignment between their personal values and the organization’s values creating a unified and motivated workforce. Management and leadership set examples for their organizations and live the values they preach. Strongly held value-systems rarely change yet remain flexible to handle changes in strategy or outside influences such as competition or the economy. A strongly held values-based culture or purpose will remain more stable over time characterized by productivity and employee commitment.



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