While it’s clear that lists detailing organisational values are everywhere, the question arises: How significant should these values be in our decision to collaborate with or work for a particular business?
Are ‘corporate values’ merely empty words?”
In reality, they can indeed be perceived as such. Often confined to paper or the ‘About’ page of a company website, these values may lack real-world application or fail to permeate through a business beyond the executive level.
However, when an organisation authentically embodies its values and employs them as guiding principles in decision-making, the impact can be transformative. Commitment to core values yields three pivotal advantages:
Genuine adherence to values enables organisations to showcase their principles and operational ethos in the public sphere. It becomes a way for people to understand what the organisation stands for and how it navigates the world.
Values serve as compass points, directing and moderating organisational decisions. When firmly integrated into the decision-making process, values become a reliable framework for navigating challenges and opportunities.
Values play a pivotal role in attracting and retaining the right talent. By aligning with an organisation’s vision and purpose, employees become a cohesive team, contributing to the fabric of the organisation.
These are our values at MEC Mining:
- Collaborating and sharing ideas is how we do business.
- We make relationships count.
- We do the highest quality work to get the right outcome.
- We take ownership.
- We are courageous in dealing with people and ideas.
These values underpin everything we do: how we work with our clients; how we solve problems; how we innovate; and how we recruit, guide and foster our team.
We hire professionals from diverse backgrounds who bring different strengths and personalities to our organisation, but we always ensure that our employees share our purpose and vision. In this way, we’ve built a team of people who genuinely care about who we are, what we stand for, and where we’re going. Far from being corporate jargon, our values have been at the heart of our success.