Respect for the Individual: What Does This Core Company Value Mean to Us?
As an organization that works diligently to live by our core values, we must constantly work towards living our core company values on a daily basis. A significant core company value that underlies much of our culture is Respect for the Individual.
How We Live This Company Value Every Day
While on its surface this core company value seems straightforward, there are many components to this core value. For example, if a colleague is experiencing difficulty in their personal or family lives, we as an organization step in and try to help as a community in any way we can. There are so many examples of the organization rallying around each other, whether it is a group of colleagues chipping in to help another colleague repair property after a storm or the many GoFundMe pages that have been launched to help a colleague dealing with a variety of serious personal situations. This is extremely important and one of the things that I love about us as an organization: we rally as a team to help our Wiley family. This is who we are as a team.
Another aspect of Respect for the Individual that may not be as straightforward deals with development conversations. Development conversations are intended to help us grow in our professional and personal lives. It is imperative that respect for the individual is woven through these conversations to ensure that these messages are delivered in a professional, respectful, and helpful way.
A successful development conversation is one in which the colleague receiving the feedback understands the development area and understands what he or she can do to make improvements and continue to develop as an individual and professional. Sometimes development conversations are difficult for both the giver and the receiver of the message. If both parties enter the conversation understanding that the goal is to help the colleague grow and develop, versus it being viewed as a punitive conversation, the result will be a much more productive conversation and development plan. All of us are developing every day, so remember that when you are giving or receiving feedback. Feedback is given and received at all levels of the organization and all feedback us equally important, this is what makes us special as an organization.
Respect for the Individual is an extremely important core company value and is intertwined into everything we do. I am proud to be part of an organization that puts so much emphasis on respecting the individual in both professional and personal situations.
To learn more about Wiley's other core values, visit our resources page.