Values Influence on Behavior
If we deem something valuable then we do what we can to emulate that value. If a person values honesty, then they will strive to be honest. If a person values transparency then they will work hard to be transparent. Values are one important element that affect who we are and how we behave towards others.
Values and Behavior in the Workplace
A work environment should strive to encourage positive values and discourage negative influences that affect behavior. If a person has a set of moral values then this will shape how they treat others and conduct themselves. People who lack these basic values may participate in unethical behavior that can hurt the organization. While a company can do anything about the influences that shaped a person's values and behavior before they are hired, the organization can try to influence employee behavior in the workplace.
Having training programs, outlining codes of conduct, and forming ethics committees can inform employees of the types of behavior that the company finds acceptable and unacceptable. While this may not change an individual's values, it can make them decide not to participate in unethical behavior while at work. Creating a punishment and reward system can also help foster the type of values the company wants to see in its employees. If people see that certain behaviors are rewarded then they may decide to alter their behavior, and this type of behavior may in turn alter their values. There is often a gap between a person's values and their behavior. This can come from a conscious decision to not follow through on a specific value with a corresponding action. This can be influenced by how deeply this value affects who the person is and the environment in which he or she is. Through codes of conduct and a rewards system, organizations can encourage employees to let specific values be reflected in their behavior.