This document describes the values behind the ethical approach that the leadership team of One Group Incorporated is committed to developing and maintaining in our business. The leadership team is made up of Christian professionals who possess vast, combined business management and supervisory experience. Consequently, the team agrees that an integrated, values-based approach to the vision, mission, and ethics for One Group Inc. will best serve our God and constituents.
The selected values were created based on cooperative data gathering using the two texts, Leading with Values: Positivity, virtue, and high performance (Hess & Cameron, 2006) and Beyond integrity: A Judeo-Christian approach to business ethics (Rae & Wong, 2012). Additional data was collected from relevant scholarly articles found through the Liberty University Online Library. The team used its collective experience to validate the research findings, and, as a leadership team of Christians, ensured alignment with Scripture.
Finally, the data was analyzed and discussed to build consensus among the leadership team as we strive for unity by delivering a consistent message to our constituents. Keywords: values, Christian, ethical, integrity, people, excellence, respect, trust ? One Group Incorporated Values Commitment The leadership team of One Group Inc. presents the following values to which they are committed. It is by God’s grace that we will prioritize serving our employees, customers, and community, while striving for enduring success.
Hence, the following values will not only drive our vision, mission, and ethics, but will also be integrated into the corporate culture. Integrity The foundational component of One Group’s ethics will be individual and collective integrity, ensuring determinations are made with clarity of thought, deliberate honesty, and foresightedness (Parse, 2014). Indeed, our leaders acknowledge mankind’s sinful tendency toward utilitarianism; ‘the ends justify the means’ (Rae & Wong, 2012).
However, we depend on God’s design, “To do righteousness and justice is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice. ” (Proverbs 21:3, NASB). Moreoer, Dees considers integrity “a seamless integration of faith, family and profession into a God-honoring life message” (2013, p. 84). Hence, we will pray for guidance to hire those who exhibit this value and hope that our integrity will impart a level of trust, reliability, and responsibility to distinguish us from competitors and aid enduring success.
One Group endeavors to exceed respect for individuals in the context of human or constitutional rights (McPhail & Adams, 2016). Our leaders will foster respect connected to the dignity and well-being of employees, considering the intrinsic value of humans as defined by God (Genesis 1:17, NASB). While biblical respect begins with Maxwell’s emphasis on the one rule to “treat people the same way you want them to treat you…” (Matthew 7:12, NASB), Gill reminds us that ethical decision-making requires more than one rule (2012).
In fact, Scripture guided us to add depth to respect by honoring them with the same spirit as we honor the Lord, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;” (Romans 12:10-11, NASB). Trust The One Group leadership team agrees that trust is a primary component of a successful workplace and is committed to forming, preserving, and cultivating it throughout the company. Our leaders take responsibility for exerting effort toward communicating with integrity, creating a culture or relational managers and employees, increasing trust.
As Christians, this team will create an environment of comfortable reliance on each other as we rely on God, “in you they trusted and were not put to shame”. (Psalm 22:5, NIV). This truth aligns with Eikeland’s comment, “The trusting act, taking the risk that may hurt us, is really the decisive point where trust either emerges or not; without the risk-taking act, there is and cannot be trust. ” (2015). Do what’s right The value of “Do What’s Right” depends on individual judgement and encourages considering organizational goals above individual desires.
One Group will rely on biblical discernment to behave according to expectations for all employees. Our leaders will incorporate motivation to self-monitor, as well as hold others accountable, encouraging employees to hold each other and their leaders accountable. Empowering employees to “take action” in monitoring and reporting unethical behavior is key (Gentile, 2014). “Do what’s right” is supported by a multitude of Scriptures, to include, Matthew 22:39, Mark 12:31, 1 Corinthians 16:14 and 1 John 4:11. These Scriptures reinforce the priority of treating others in higher regard than ourselves.
Excellence Excellence is primary focus for One Group, rather than simply delivering products and services to customers on time. According to Ferdowsian, “when ethics and excellence are inadequately planned, integrated, checked, and enforced in these cross-functional business operations, companies cause serious/costly international incidents and landmark ethical violations. ” (2016, p. 942). One Group will learn from companies that failed to integrate ethics and excellence into practices, which resulted in failure, and in some cases, created a recession that impacted global economies.
One Group will be guided by this Scripture, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23, ESV). This leadership team will ensure that these values are embedded through the company, knowing that “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness” (1 John, 3:4, ESV). Giving Giving is a biblical value that Christian and non-Christian companies practice. Annual revenue and charitable donations are easily researched, and charitable organizations reflect a company’s concerns.
In fact, charitable giving may determine a customer’s business partner decisions. Our giving approach will align with biblical teaching, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all—the testimony that was given at just the right time. ” (1 Timothy 2:5-6, KJV). Jesus came knowing that He would die to gift salvation to the world. One Group will remember sacrifice as we give monetarily, personally, and professionally.
In the article, Sincere Charity, the Power of the Gentle Hand, the importance of giving is summed up best in this statement, “Being charitable is not only the right thing to do, it is the only reasonable thing to do. ” (Denton, 2014). Sincerity One Group values sincerity with our employees and business partners. In his article, Sincerity and Transparency Are the Keys to Genuine Customer Loyalty, Bottorf discusses the power of sincerity and transparency to increase customer loyalty (2014). One Group chooses to do this to earn and maintain loyalty from our customers and employees.
However, we will operate according to God’s standards in Scripture, “…Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. ” (2 Corinthians 1:12, NIV). Take Action One Group fortifying communicated values with observable actions, thereby enabling us to make difficult decisions and to thrive in adversity. We desire to remove the stigma of employees excelling at work but not at home or vice versa.
As emphasized by several researchers, managing work-life balance has become one of the most critical managerial strategies for ensuring employees’ performance and organizational performance improvement” (Kim, 2014, p. 2). We will encourage balance through our “We Can Be Both” program, by applying this biblical command, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:33-34, NIV). Conclusion
One Group has sought to be a unique company in our stated values to attract like-minded employees. With values such as: respect, excellence, integrity, sincerity, trust, giving, taking action, and doing what’s right, One Group has developed a people-first approach, placing Christ as the center of all we do. These values will pave the way for customer relations, caring for staff first, which results in cared for customers. Maintaining a high level of employee and customer focus with the values set forth by One Group may appear impossible;, yet, we are equipped for success as our primary goal is glorifying God. .?