The old chestnut about every Jewish mother wanting to have their child become a doctor may not be too far removed from the truth, and no doubt anyone looking to receive medical treatment in Israel will not be disappointed. However, a career in medicine is one coveted by every religion and nationality. There is much to consider before pursuing a career in medicine, though. To achieve the cache of being a medical doctor, with the status, respect, and who’s kidding who, the associated financial benefits, must be a labor of love. The years of study and dedication required to succeed in this field are unparalleled in the professional sphere. It is not uncommon for specialists to complete their studies 15 years after beginning their first year of medical school. And we’re not talking about 15 years of 12 hour study weeks either; we're talking about 15 years of intensive study that include years of being sleep-deprived due to internships. Similarly, the financial rewards are not forthcoming for a very long time. Once you have completed this arduous education process, you still must work long hours under intense pressure with the ultimate responsibility in your hands – the lives of human beings. Doctors may joke that they bury their mistakes, but nothing could be further from the truth. Add to this that, depending on which country you practice, the threats of being sued for medical negligence are a major deterrent to many whom would otherwise wish to enter this noble profession. Consequently, if you want to pursue a career in medicine, it must be a labor of love. It's not enough to be smart and it's not enough to be dedicated; you must want to become a doctor for all the right reasons if you are to succeed. You must be naturally inquisitive, smart, dedicated, and want to help people without expecting reward. The rewards will flow in good time, both financial and altruistic, but it must be altruism that guides your thought processes, not extraneous factors such as what your parents want you to achieve. If you do have your heart set on a career in medical field, though, it does offer enormous personal rewards. After all, who wouldn’t like to have the ability to heal others and make a difference to the world? There are different specialties to suit every personality and you would be responsible for keeping the most sophisticated machine in the world tuned to the best of its ability – a kind of messenger of the Creator. Pretty cool, hey? Article written by Jonathan Peterson Career medicine image from Shutterstock
Recently, a list of companies that have the happiest employees was circulated online. The companies were commended on their ability to promote a healthy work environment and sustain work-life balance. Pfizer came out on top with Kaiser Permanente coming in second, followed by Texas Instruments. Looking at these lists, one wonders how these companies are able to promote such a positive productive environment for their employees.
Many would think this is due to compensation packages or other related perks. But then, is work only about earning money? Is it the most important aspect when employees join a new company? What about the other factors that play an important role in building a strong bond between the employee and the organization?
- A bond that stems from mutual appreciation and respect for the value system that both parties shape together
- A bond that is dependent on many diverse factors such as recognition, open communication, and teamwork
- A bond that strengthens over time when the employee performs well
The importance of core values is illustrated by a quote from famous author and inventor, Edward de Bono: "Effectiveness without values is a tool without a purpose."
This analogy really hits home. A purposeless tool is a worthless thing and so is a company without a campus—a culture that is formed on the basis of core principles.
Core values serve to constantly guide both the employee and the company in achieving their mutual goals, in a manner that is based on an ethical and ideological framework. Every business is different, and so are their core values. Having said that, there are some principles that are alike for all, even though they may be phrased differently.
Here are four such core values every organization should have:
1. Integrity And Ethics
Simply put, the two principles of integrity and ethics translate into doing the right thing, in an honest, fair, and responsible way. Building your entire business on the foundation of honesty and integrity goes a long way toward building a strong, trusting relationship with your employees, stakeholders, and customers.
Truthful conduct on everyone's part can create a strong, credible reputation for the company in the market, which is beneficial for everyone's interests.
Without dedicated employees, a company is nothing. Period.
Committed employees form the backbone of the entire corporation. They work together with the system in order to achieve growth and profitability.
A company has a responsibility toward its employees and, if one of its core principles is showing the utmost respect to its employees, it's likely management will have a low employee turnover rate.
Respecting all employees means respecting their individual human rights and privacy, and eliminating all kinds and forms of discrimination, whether based on religion, belief, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or physical disability. Moreover, ensuring a safe and healthy work environment for all employees is an important part of giving respect to them.
Many organizations across the globe adopt an attitude whereby the entire company interacts together like a close-knit family. Such an atmosphere helps boost the confidence of employees and makes them feel like an important, even indispensable, part of the organization. This inspires feelings of commitment and a drive to do even better.
3. Innovation (Not Imitation)
Companies that focus on being ahead of their competitors and introducing new ideas in the marketplace follow the principle of "innovation, not imitation." This is crucial if a company wants to be a trendsetter and introduce new products that consumers appreciate.
Employees in such companies are encouraged to be dynamic and come up with innovative ideas that can translate into successful products for the company. Constantly imitating others won't take the business far.
The thirst to constantly improve can be achieved if one is never satisfied. Organizations that have this principle as one of their core values try to provide a dynamic platform for their employees, where they can explore their creativity and skills and further enhance themselves.
While celebrating successes is an important thing, just sitting back and getting complacent over them is unacceptable for such companies. The reason why some companies habitually do well is because they know that employees are the most valuable resource.
Nothing compares to an employee who is dedicated and willing to go the extra mile. This requires a company to cultivate an environment that promotes respect and frowns upon politics. If you want to achieve this type of work environment at your company, these four core values are a great place to start.
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