Today I would like to share an article that Abigail G. Manning wrote specifically for this blog. What I like about Abigail is that she is more about helping business owners understand what sexual harassment it's not which helps business owners breath easier and get back to running their companies. I can tell you from experience that what she mentions in the article below can either prevent a company sale if neglected or create exceptional company value if embraced. I hope you enjoy the article below:
"Remember the first time you wrote your resume? There was so much hope and excitement for the future. Your vision was laser focused and reflected your personal core values of what you offered to a company as well as how you expected your new employer to treat you.
You landed a job…life moved on…things got busy…dust settled on the resume. Those specific values became a distant memory as you had so many new ideas, information, and responsibilities put in front of you. That also happens to companies and their mission statements. We find our careers and our company have a life of their own where they move along reacting to market changes, demands of clients, keeping financially afloat during crisis times and expanding faster than we can keep up. Short-cuts. Oversights. Compromises. Tapped energy. Depleted resources.
It is in each of those challenges of struggle and growth that we need to uncover our values and reassess them and here’s why. Our core values dictate our actions. We need to double check what we value is matching our thoughts and actions at every interaction…from owner to client, sales rep to trade-partners, CEO to accountant, and beyond. A company culture is guided by values and is built on how people treat each other and how safe does each person feel emotionally, physically and financially. Having a person who is sexually harassing, perceived as a harasser or is acting in an unhealthy manner plummets moral, productivity, competency and quality of life.
To my knowledge…no resume or mission statement has ever read “We intend to create an unhealthy emotional environment, physical safety issues, lower individuals’ self-worth and increase harm to the financial bottom line.” Yet without building the right culture, that’s often what happens. What we really want is to attract and retain top talent, have a glowing reputation in our industry, build our teams and prevent costly lawsuits. All we need to do is dust off those values, polish them up with new wording, and then demonstrate our commitment to the values through investing in proven training to cultivate a positive company culture. A culture we are proud of because each person is confident that it is safe to trust the company’s core values will be acted out at every step and backed up in every situation. Every day thoughts, words, actions and behaviors need to be reliably consistent and align with the stated values, goals, vision and mission statement. I recommend they are rooted in TRUST. Truth. Respect. Unity. Safety. Transparency.
When we invest in our core values, we build financial value in a company that exceeds our wildest dreams…and that’s not starry-eyed vision!
By bringing transformative training and workshops to your company, you will invest in yourself and your employees by learning to build Authentic Health for everyone which will prevent sexual harassment and other unhealthy behaviors."
Abigail G. Manning
John Hamel is the Managing Member of Austec Business Transitions, LLC. helping businesses optimize value relative to exiting their company.