If you’re in a position at your existing job where a potential promotion will bring you into the ranks of management, then you may feel you’d like extra training. Some of the best management training can be learnt on the job – after all, there’s nothing like a baptism by fire! However, undertaking an official course in management can be very beneficial, especially if you feel there are particular areas that you need to improve upon. In-depth and professional management courses can also be a great help to those managers who feel they need to brush up on existing skills, as they cover a variety of skills including project management and planning, business planning, and handling operations management. But even if you want to undertake a management course, the question centres on how to do this without letting your existing employment fall by the wayside. For busy individuals, working out how to fit in home, work and education can be incredibly difficult. One of the most successful ways to further your education while working in full-time employment can be to undertake a distance learning course or courses. Distance learning does what it says on the tin, meaning you can study from the comfort of your own home, save time commuting, and still benefit from the range of management courses that are on offer. A key aspect of distance learning is the use of online resources. A variety of interesting and useful online resources is available for those taking part in distance learning, and using social media – including student forums – is integral to this. As well as improving your skills in this area, it means that, unlike other forms of home learning, this type of distance learning still has a sociable, shared element to it: discussing issues with your fellow students can be some of the most fruitful ways of finding new paths through your education. To make the most of distance learning, it’s essential you understand what will be required of you – and not just coursework! Being a motivated and driven individual is essential for succeeding with distance learning, as you’re responsible for your own education. Excellent timekeeping is also very important, as working out the balance between all the different facets of your work, life and education can be challenging. Most importantly though, you need to choose your course carefully and don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you’re already in management, you might be used to working independently – which is a good thing – but if you want to get back into education, it’s essential that you recognise when you need to work closely with others and ask for their advice. A benefit of using online resources and undertaking distance learning is that firing off an email asking for advice only takes five minutes – rather than waiting in a queue outside a tutor’s university office! Online and distance learning courses are readily available, with a huge range to choose from. Picking the right management course for you may take time but the benefits to your career in the long run will make it worth your while. Online education resources 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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