5 basic human values of high-performance workplaces 

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Although business leaders try to boost performance by enforcing rules, their efforts lead, ironically, to disengagement and apathy, and an estimated 70% of employees in the United States remain miserable in their jobs.The issue lies in employee morale. To create an inspired, high-performing workforce, leaders should promote five basic human values: positive assumptions, trust, inclusion, challenge, and recognition.By making these into core company values, leaders can motivate employees to do their best work and to spread positive energy. Incorporate each value into your daily operations in the following ways:1. Positive assumptionsLeaders who have built highly successful teams share many high-performance attributes. One is so subtle and uncomplicated that it’s often overlooked: cultivating positive beliefs about people.Assumptions about people — positive or negative — drive your behavior, which, in turn, drives their behaviors. It’s difficult to embody the other values on the list without adopting this foundational principle. Embracing positive assumptions creates a high-trust environment in which employees know you don’t think they’re lazy or lacking in good ideas. This value, which goes hand-in-hand with trust, helps you avoid micromanaging to the point that employees become disengaged.2. TrustTrust allows employees to express their true opinions. 95% of employees want to work hard to achieve business goals and to reach their own professional aspirations. However, company policies often wrongly focus on the other 5%, and that lack of trust leads to micromanaging.For Didion Milling, a family-owned agricultural processing business, a high-trust workplace has been good for business. Distribution manager John Weaver puts it this way, “Our operators are quicker to come forward when they have an issue or a problem. They have more trust in the leadership as to how we’re going react, so there’s more open communication.”

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