Living the Mission

To wrap up our Mission and Vision topic for this month, here’s an interview from an organization where employees live and work by both of them.

Becky M, Member Services Director of a local YMCA

Do you feel like all or most of the employees know the mission and vision of the YMCA?
I think most employees know our vision and mission or they know the general idea of it

How does this happen?  Are you reminded of it regularly, is it woven into your daily work?
Every week a manager of each department walks around and ask random employees to recite our vision and mission and how we live it in our everyday life.  At our staff meetings we do what’s called a “Mission Moment” where we tell stories where we have witnessed our mission and vision in full swing.  We are reminded of it daily through our members, program participants, staff, and volunteers.  Our mission and vision is the reason I work for the Y.  I believe in our cause and how we can help our community.

Have you worked somewhere that this was not the case, and what differences do you see?
I have worked at places where there was a mission statement but they didn’t really explain to us why or how they came up with that mission statement.  I have worked at places where I didn’t see it put into action from day to day.

The big difference I see is that at other companies we didn’t base our work off the mission and vision where at the Y the work that we do is all based off of the mission and vision and how we can impact someone’s life.

Mission:  To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Vision:  To serve relentlessly with our community until all can thrive in each stage of life.

Could you see any of the above practices working for your organization, or come up with others that would?   Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions in the comments!

Cindy Schneider

 

 

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