Our core values are principles that guide our internal conduct and our relationships with others. At Stoneridge Software these values provide the company with aspirations to live up to and a means of attracting like-minded people, including team members and customers.
At a pivotal meeting in the early months of the company, it became an important task to make core values a part of the fabric of our company. Our leadership team took time to work through a broad list of ideals we value and narrowed it down to five core areas. The entire team spent the next day affirming them.
These values are a reflection of our team, and something we want deeply-rooted for the future. We also wanted to make sure our company aspired to lasting ideals, like having lifelong customers and making sure we enjoy our work as the company continues to grow.
Defining the values is the easy part. Lots of companies have values. The trick is making them an integral part of the company. Our values are a part of how we hire, how we run the company, and even come into play in choosing to work with customers that are the best fit. Core values are a part of our decision making every single day.
The ability to operate with these values has helped us build a cohesive and successful team and it carries over into each and every one of our customer engagements.
- We ask questions related to our values in our interviews to make sure the candidate is a fit.
- We provide “kudos” to our team during a short weekly company call that highlights people who have displayed the values in some way that week.
- We challenge each other as leaders to think through our values when we make decisions as a company.
- We talk about our values at every quarterly meeting as a team, to make sure they are still the right values to guide us into the future.