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Valuing Workforce Members and Partners

An organization’s success depends increasingly on an engaged workforce that benefits from meaningful work, clear organizational direction, and performance accountability that has a safe, trusting, and cooperative environment.  Nestle Purina PetCare, one of the 2010 Baldrige Award winners, are well aware of how an organization does exactly that. A successful organization can capitalize on the diverse backgrounds, knowledge, skills, creativity, and motivation of its workforce and partners. Valuing the people in your workforce means being committed to their engagement, satisfaction, development, and well-being. Increasingly, this involves more flexible, high-performance work practices tailored to varying workplace and home life needs.  Major challenges in the area of valuing members of your workforce include the following:

  • Demonstrating a leader’s commitment to their success. At Purina, senior leaders communicate the ideals of the company’s founder: the “4 Talls” (Stand Tall, Think Tall, Smile Tall, and Live Tall,) to which they have added a 5th, “We create Tall innovation.”
  • Providing recognition that goes beyond the regular compensation system.
  • Offering development and progression within your organization.
  • Sharing your organization’s knowledge so your workforce…

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