Values need to be real

16 April 18


Most organisations now have values.

They put them on websites, marketing brochures and sometimes office walls. But to many employees they are meaningless.

They are words sent from the top to describe something different from their daily experience. Just look at the number of companies with diversity as a value then consider their gender pay gap and number of women and BAME people in senior positions.

They are also largely interchangeable. It is remarkable how similar company values are even in quite different organisations. For values to be meaningful they must describe the real work experience desired by employees. They should say something about the sort of company they want to work in and are treated.

They must link closely with their individual purpose in a way that complements intrinsic motivation.

If values don’t have that meaning, you may as well not bother having them.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT US

In developing a detailed workforce plan, Gallanach quickly got to grip with what had been a difficult task for our NHS Medway team.  They worked very effectively and professionally with all the relevant stakeholders.  They tested their thinking with my team and adapted the plan in line with local needs.  I now have an excellent workforce plan that enables us to progress our Medway model.

 

Caroline Selkirk, Accountable Officer, NHS Medway CCG