I had the incredibly awful experience of losing a member of my team last year. Justin Brookes, was a truly special young man who everyone loved, not just because of his super personality, but also because he put his heart and soul into everything he did. He truly embodied the spirit of the company so we just named our employee of the year award in his honor. In developing the criteria for the award we outlined the following three values that have shaped our success since the early years. Make sure you've defined and communicated your own core values since they set the standard for everyone to work/live by.
This person embodies the spirit of always putting the team first. They don’t have an ego or play politics but instead build trusted relationships, which is why you always want them on your team. They are the glue that holds the team/department/office together because they treat everyone they encounter with kindness, respect and professionalism. And with an upbeat, positive attitude like theirs, they inspire everyone around them and make work fun.
At work and in the community, this person works tirelessly to serve those around him/her, and in doing so, leads by example. This transformative person makes a positive impact on the professional and personal lives of everyone they encounter by going above and beyond the call in everything they do. It’s not just what you achieve, it’s how you achieve it – and this person is the perfect example of that.
“Not my problem” is something you’ll never hear coming out of this person’s mouth. Always ready to spring into action, this person doesn’t hesitate when it comes to taking ownership and responsibility over any project – big or small. Always working to make life easier, better and more efficient for their customer (internal and external), this person focuses on providing real, true value and the best experience possible in all that they do.