It’s Not Just About the Money…

The noted business author Daniel Pink states in his best-selling book Drive that financial gain is not the prime driver of job and career satisfaction. The chief drivers of job satisfaction are actually autonomy, mastery, and purpose. These factors almost always win out over compensation as reasons why people enjoy their jobs and careers. So when you are looking for a company that you would like to work for, how do you determine whether or not you will be able to achieve Daniel Pink’s markers for job satisfaction?

Pink’s book is based on decades of business and academic research, so readers should feel confident that the basis of his hypotheses and conclusions are scientifically valid and sound.

What You Should be Looking for in a Prospective Employer

One thing that job seekers should look for in prospective employer is a clearly defined set of Core Values. Core Values are the fundamental ideas that make up the foundational and moral character of an organization. Core Values should be the guiding principles that govern any decision that any employee of that company would need to make.

Whether we realize it or not, each of us operates every day according to our own set of Core Values. Some people might refer to these personal Core Values as one’s “moral compass”, that feeling or sense of right and wrong that guides our decisions and behaviors. Companies and businesses are no different. We all know of companies that always seem to do the right thing. For example, the lengths that retailer Nordstrom would go to make a customer happy were legendary. Nordstrom would accept returns of items that customers didn’t even purchase from them. There was once a story about a customer who attempted to return a set of car tires to a Nordstrom store despite the fact that Nordstrom didn’t sell car tires and never had. Nordstrom gladly accepted the return of the car tires and refunded the customer’s purchase price! This illustrates one of the Nordstrom 10 Core Values of “Act Ethically.”

Many companies don’t define and communicate their Core Values, which should be a red flag to a prospective employee. Clearly defined and clearly communicated Core Values are the cornerstones of company culture. It should not surprise anyone that a company’s Core Values are a crucial factor in attracting, recruiting, and retaining talented employees. Consider these statistics relative to company Core Values and culture:

  • Nearly half of job seekers rated company culture as very important when selecting a company they would want to work for.
  • Almost 60% of workers said they would stay at a lower-paying job if it meant they could work for a great boss.
  • Nine out of ten employees believe a positive company culture is the key to a successful business.

Perhaps most importantly, Core Values help define the “Purpose” that Daniel Pink says is one of the three criteria of job and career satisfaction. Be sure the company that you consider working for can clearly define its Core Values and Purpose before you sign an employment contract.

What Are Our Core Values?

At VBS, we have defined and communicated our Company Core Values:

  • We are Committed
  • We are Respectful
  • We are Passionate
  • We are Client-Focused
  • We Do the Right Thing

Core Values help employees understand what the company stands for. Core Values provide a solid moral direction which helps to guide employees in difficult situations. In an unstable world of rapid technological, environmental, and societal changes, a strong set of Core Values is a much-needed moral compass that helps employees navigate difficult situations.

Wouldn’t a prospective employee rather work for a company with Core Values that align with their own personal Core Values?

How Does VBS Put Our Core Values to Work?

Our Recruiting and Hiring Processes: In accordance with our Core Values, we strive to hire people who are client-focused and who are committed to their work. According to Bruce Nordstrom, “We can hire good people and train them to sell, but we can’t hire salesmen and train them to be good people. We believe in the philosophy of hire the attitude, train the skills.”

The Way we Treat our Customers, Suppliers, and Each Other: Our Core Values of “We are Respectful”, “We are Client-Focused”, and “We Do the Right Thing” are the guiding principles behind civil behavior, putting people before profits, and ethical decision-making. We treat all people with respect, no matter who they are. We treat ourselves, our clients, our suppliers, and our partners the way we would like to be treated. We always strive to do the right thing, no matter what the situation.

Our Commitment to Sustainability: Sustainability doesn’t just mean that VBS is an environmentally responsible organization. We do happen to be an environmentally focused company, but sustainability means so much more. We seek to be financially sustainable. That means we may make a business decision whereby we potentially give up a short-term financial benefit for one that has more longevity. A good example of this is how we have regularly scheduled business reviews with our customers. Some customers might be in a maintenance plan that assumed a certain volume of prints, but they no longer print as much. We will frequently give these customers an adjusted plan that reflects their true volume. We give up some revenue in the short term in order to keep customers happy. This creates good will and loyalty, and is a more sustainable business practice. This is also a great illustration of “We Do the Right Thing”.

Being a Good Citizen in Our Communities: As business people and as good citizens, we understand that we can’t exist separately from the communities in which we live and work. Our employees are involved in any number of charitable and community-focused organizations and activities such as Connor’s Heroes, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Richmond Police Athletic League, and many others. Yet another example of how we live our Core Value of “do the Right Thing”.

Why You Should Consider a Career with Virginia Business Systems

You have already read about our Core Values and how they define how we work, how we make decisions, and how we support the community. We also happen to have great pay and benefits, and our training programs are first-rate. You can review our open positions, benefits, and Recruiting FAQ’s by clicking here.

October 11th 2021