What Are Values?

Values are traits or qualities that are considered worthwhile; they represent your highest priorities and deeply held driving forces. When you are part of any organization, you bring your deeply held values and beliefs to the organization.

There they co-mingle with those of the other members of the company to create an organization or family culture.

Value statements are derived from and grounded in values. They define how people want to behave with each other in an organization, an institution, a company, or a family. They are statements about how the organization will value customers, suppliers, and the internal community.

Value statements describe actions that are the living enactment of the fundamental values held by most individuals within the organization.

In one organization, a university healthcare center, all of the employees helped to identify the organization’s core values.

They ended up with the acronym, I CARE. Integrity, compassion, accountability, respect, and excellence were the values identified. Then each department took each of the values and developed value statements that the employees believed best exemplified the values in action in their department.

An example of a value statement was, “We will keep no student who needs care waiting for more than fifteen minutes.” Another was, “No student will need to remove items of clothing until they were seen by a doctor and the removal was deemed necessary for a proper examination.”

The following are examples of values. You might use these as the starting point for thinking about and articulating them as a human being.

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