Finding the perfect employee for your business can be an arduous task. You must be prepared to wade through unsuitable candidates, to find the right person for the job. As unpleasant as the task of interviewing can become, remember the big picture. In order for your business to grow and prosper, you need to find that individual who shares similar values, ethics and beliefs.

According to the dictionary the definition of values is: “the ideals, customs, institutions, etc., of a society toward which the people of the group have an affective regard. These values may be positive, as cleanliness, freedom, or education, or negative, as cruelty, crime, or blasphemy.”

Imagine hiring an individual that did not have the same values. At first, it might be okay to accept their values and work together; soon, however, the difference in values can lead to tension within the workplace. In addition, if your ultimate goal is to grow a prosperous business, you need people surrounding you that can appreciate your efforts and help along the way.

Although values and ethics are often used interchangeably in conversation, the two are actually different in practice. For instance, you may have an expressed value to wash your hands before every meal, just because you like to be clean before touching food. Conversely, if cleanliness is an ethical issue, you sincerely believe it is wrong to come to the table with unclean hands. Thus, it becomes much more than an ideal.

Therefore, you would definitely not want an individual working for you that did not have similar ethical standards. Clashes and confrontations could be a result, especially when facing a particularly stressful situation. You will have a very difficult time nurturing business growth, if you are constantly concerned about an employee’s choices contradicting your view of what is right and wrong.

Finally, belief is another word that is also misused as a synonym for values or ethics. However, a belief is what a person accepts as the truth, a fact. Obviously, challenging someone’s beliefs can cause major problems in the workplace. Not sharing similar beliefs can illicit an atmosphere of mistrust and suspicion in the workplace. Obviously, it will be virtually impossible to foster a growing business if you cannot count on your employees.

In conclusion, a theme is definitely present when considering the perfect employee for your business. You need to find a person with similar qualities. To work in harmony and share the ultimate vision for a small business, you need to find people who conduct themselves in a manner depicting like values, have the same sense of right and wrong-ethics, and believe your vision and ideals to be the truth. If you are lucky enough to find an employee with similarities in all three major attributes, you will have the perfect employee to share your goals and help your business reach the apex of success.