Corporate Core Values For Adults

I mentioned a week or so back that I share an office with Jared Spool of User Interface Engineering (UIE) and his amazing staff. I spoke specifically about the fact that he buys lunch for all the employees every day, but that is but one expression of an underlying philosophy Jared has about how to run a company — and more specifically — how employees should be treated. His philosophy evolved over many years of experience, both as employee and employer.

Yesterday, he printed out a statement of that philosophy for his employees, so I asked him if I could share it with my readers. I hope you find this as refreshing and thought provoking as I did.

Without further ado…

UIE Core Values
• Treat People as Adults: Respect, Honesty, and Integrity
• Produce High Quality Products
• Constant Open Communication
• Use Data Everywhere
• Hard Work, Productivity, and Fun

Treat People as Adults: Respect, Honesty, and Integrity
• Employees are judged on the quality of their results
o Not on the hours they work
• Respect the Golden Rule
o Treat people the way that you wish to be treated
• Holds true for Employees, Customers, Vendors, and anyone else
• Balance between life and work is critical
o Families always come first
Produce High Quality Products
• Poor quality is a distraction and frustrates customers
• Fanatical attention to details
o Good Enough Never Is
• Showmanship is key
o We should be the best presentation at any event
Constant Open Communication
• Reduce problems through knowledge
• We prohibit hidden agendas
o No secrets kept from employees
• Everyone is responsible for our success
• We make decisions at the lowest level possible
• Staying Quiet means “I Agree”
Use Data Everywhere
• Constant measurement of our work
o Always invent new ways to measure ourselves
• Constant self-improvement
o Good Enough Never Is
• Listen to our customers
o Do what they need, not what they want
Hard Work, Productivity, and Fun
• People need to want to come to work
• We expect people to work hard on everything we do
o We will not shirk away from hard work
• Focus on becoming more productive
o Without sacrificing quality


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On July 28th, 2006 at 10:18 pm, jdrohn74 said:

This is terribly refreshing. I thought that I was the only one that treated employees like that. I have to say that doing well by your employees is one of the most rewarding things that a business owner can have.. Thank you for the post, by the way.. You have great content!

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