Every motor carrier has a company culture that reflects the organization’s values. A company’s culture is contagious. People tend to adopt the values of those around them, especially at work, and infect others with the good or bad. That is why positive values are so important to motor carriers.
Great West Casualty Company explains that values are deeply-held beliefs or principles that influence decisions, and decisions are what dictate behavior. Behavior is the way a person acts, such as a safety-minded driver who uses three-point contact whenever climbing in or out of the truck. When a motor carrier declares safety as a core value by defining what is deemed acceptable behavior and holds all employees accountable to that standard, the organization sets the foundation for a positive culture. Employees will be inspired to give their best because they know their employers care about their well-being and are invested in their success.
When an organization is thriving, it can easily infect others, and the positive can be found in every aspect of operations.
Actions to take:
- Document the company’s core values and communicate them to employees
- Intentionally stress the core values in regular and positive communications to employees
- Assign a senior leader to explain the core values to new employees during onboarding and orientation
- Apply at least one core value to the company’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) results
In her book, Contagious Culture, Anese Cavanaugh provides the key to creating a positive culture that inspires employees to thrive: intentional energetic presence (IEP). Cavanaugh says about leaders, “Studies have shown that up to 93% of our impact is in how we “show up”—while only 7% of our impact is in the words we actually say.” Her IEP methodology stresses the importance of leaders intentionally impacting others by projecting a healthy and energetic presence every day without burning out. This charismatic leadership style can be infectious, and, when supporting the organization’s core values, it can have a profound impact on the culture of the organization.
The time is now. Take action to send a powerful culture message to your employees! For more info, read the full article here.
Source: Retrieved from https://www.anesecavanaugh.com/iepmethod/