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“We've gotten really creative with how we engage teams and how we can create small team discussions with breakout rooms. So I think there's a lot of different ways that you can create really rich dialogue. It's about prioritizing that time, saying this is important and therefore we are going to block time on everyone's calendar, and this is one of the most important initiatives that we could do right now is all align on this and go deep and make sure that everyone really does have a shared understanding of what the value is, the intended meaning, what success looks like, like what does it look like if I live this value or my coworker does, and then how can we expect to see it across the employee experience. The onus then is also on every single employee. It's not just, okay, now the people team takes over and they were the ones that activate the values. Right? It's about how do managers reinforce and model the values? How do IC's play a role in that? So really making sure from hiring through goals and reviews to rituals, all the way through off-boarding that the values are reinforced.”
“You should make sure that expectations are set from the start, like how you're coached and developed. The value should be reinforced. If you literally think about every aspect of the employee experience, your value should play a role. And by weaving them through and having that consistent experience, that's how they become lived, and that's how they have a great impact on the company. Go about defining and then actually activate.”
“You have to be really clear about what your value means and what it doesn't and we actually suggest not just acknowledging that there can be shadow sides, but putting specific language behind them, 'cause then you give all employees that common language to call it out when they see it. A lot of times, those shadow side behaviors are just percolating throughout and people see it and people know it, but it just makes them uncomfortable versus educating an entire organization. This is what we mean by this value. This is what we don't mean. Right? And now when you see that, you know what to say, so let's just all acknowledge that this happens, but we're going to call it out as that's not the intended meaning. And it can be a hard exercise, but a really productive one.”
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