By Rick Boxx
本文版權為正直資源中心（Integrity Resource Center, Inc.）所有。本文獲得授權改編自瑞克．博克思的正直時刻Integrity Moments with Rich Boxx」。這系列的文章是以一個基督徒的觀點評論職場的正直議題。
你認為自己的公司是有核心價值的公司嗎？分享你的答案。 如果你認為自己的公司有核心價值的，那是哪些呢？它們是否被清楚地呈現出來，所以每個人在每天的工作中都有機會去複習、了解、運用和練習呢？ 我們知道，並非每一個在公司的人都有相同的信念。你認為讓他們知道公司的核心價值是來自聖經是恰當的嗎？分享你的答案。 如果一個組織尚未建立核心價值觀，你覺得他們應該如何開始建立自己的核心價值，成為一個有核心價值的公司？又或者你覺得沒有核心價值也能運作至今，所以也許他們其實不需要建立核心價值？
BUILDING A VALUES-BASED BUSINESS
By Rick Boxx
One of the most underestimated tools for any successful business enterprise is the foundation of values upon which it has been built. If a company”s goal is simply to make high profits, to close a lot of sales, or even to deliver huge quantities of products or services, it can lead to problems with the end serving to justify the means.
For instance, if the objective is to finalize sales, one might be tempted to make whatever promises are needed to accomplish that – even if the promises cannot be met. Or if maximizing profits is the ultimate goal, it could become easy to justify cutting costs, even if that means compromising the quality of the product or services provided.
However, when a company starts with a clear, well-considered framework of values to guide and govern its operations, chances of both survival and success are increased dramatically. These values essentially define "what we do,""why we do it," and “how we do it.”
Many CEOs that are followers of Jesus Christ share a desire to influence their organization with principles from the Bible – which they understand to be the Word of God – while also being sensitive to those team members who may not embrace the same faith. One of the best ways to shape a company culture in an effective, non-offensive manner is to focus on values, principles of conduct and practice that everyone in the organization can be asked to embrace.
For instance, a value of placing high priority on customer service is one that few can argue with; we don”t even have to explain this value is based on "doing to others as you would have them do to you" (Luke 6:31). We might embrace the value of doing the best we can at all times, without having to insist that our staff “work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23).
Since many of the values we commonly endorse come right out of the Bible, formulating our core beliefs can serve as a non-threatening way for communicating God”s standards and values. Developing these foundational values and holding your team accountable to them can give you the opportunity to lead the way to doing business God's way.
As the psalmist expressed in Psalms 119:130, “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” To achieve success – and then to sustain it – it is important for every key member of the team to be able to understand and explain what the organization stands for. What are the basic values and principles that serve as guideposts for how it conducts business on a day to day basis?
If you desire to shape the culture of your organization in God's way, try determining and articulating your core values. Next, model them, and then communicate them consistently to your team. As the apostle Paul wrote, “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice” (Philippians 4:9).
Would you consider your company to be a values-based business? Explain your answer. If you do believe your organization is values-based, what are those values? Are they articulated and presented in some way so that everyone has the opportunity to review and understand them as guidelines for everyday operations and practices? Understanding that not everyone in a business may hold to the same spiritual beliefs, would it still be appropriate for them to understand the source of the organization”s values if those are drawn from the Bible? Why or why not? What if an organization has not established a system of values by which to govern its operations – how do you think they could begin to work toward becoming a values-based business? Or do you think that if it has been operating without an agreed-upon statement of values, there is no need at this point to change that?
NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages:
Proverbs 11:1, 14:5, 15:33, 20:14, 29:4; Philippians 4:8, 2 Timothy 2:2