Valuing Workforce Members and Partners

Valuing Workforce Members and Partners - Baldrige Core Value

(Click on any blue word below to link to its definition)

Valuing Workforce Members and and Partners

An organizationís 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. Additionally, the successful organization capitalizes on the diverse backgrounds, knowledge, skills, creativity, and motivation of all its workforce and partners.

Valuing the people in your workforce means committing 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 (1) demonstrating your leadersí commitment to their success, (2) providing recognition that goes beyond the regular compensation system, (3) offering development and progression within your organization, (4) sharing your organizationís knowledge so your workforce can better serve your customers and contribute to achieving your strategic objectives, (5) creating an environment that encourages risk taking and innovation, and (6) creating a supportive environment for a diverse workforce.

Organizations need to build internal and external partnerships to better accomplish overall goals. Internal partnerships might include labor-management cooperation. Partnerships with members of your workforce might entail development opportunities, cross-training, or new work organizations, such as high-performance work teams. Internal partnerships also might involve creating network relationships among your work units or between employees and volunteers to improve flexibility, responsiveness, and knowledge sharing.

External partnerships might be with customers, suppliers, and education or community organizations. Strategic partnerships or alliances are increasingly important kinds of external partnerships. Such partnerships might offer entry into new markets or a basis for new products or customer support services. Also, partnerships might permit  the blending of your organizationís core competencies or leadership capabilities with the complementary strengths and capabilities of partners to address common issues. Such partnerships may be a source of strategic advantage for your organization.

Successful internal and external partnerships develop longer-term objectives, thereby creating a basis for mutual investments and respect. Partners should address the key requirements for success, means for regular communication, approaches to evaluating progress, and means for adapting to changing conditions. In some cases, joint education and training could offer a cost-effective method for workforce development. 

Note: Blue words above are links to other Baldrige Business, Government (Public Sector) including Military and other Nonprofit Core Values or Baldrige Glossary terms.




Core Values

Thank you for using the only truly integrated version of the Baldrige Core Values available anywhere.  Paul


The Baldrige Award has stunningly been suspended mid-cycle in 2022 while the EFQM Award is growing!


Baldrige Award Program's total failure is summarized in the chart below: More at Breaking Badrige.

Baldrige Program Failure 2022

Dr. Deming was not a Baldrige 'Fan-Boy'. For example: "Nothing could be worse", "Evil", and "Nonsense" - are just a few of my favorite Dr. Deming's Baldrige-critical quotes.


Baldrige Core Values - Valuing Workforce Members and Partners