Few companies have a set list of rules they follow to continuously strengthen their company culture and creative atmosphere – and even fewer in the oil and gas industry.
So what makes Smart Chemical Services different?
Most people tend to think of rules as constricting. We’ve realized, however, that it can actually be the opposite. Having rules reminds you of the values and priorities of the company you work for. If those rules encourage open and constructive conversations, they’re as far from constricting as you can get!
When Smart Chemical Services was first established in 2008, we incorporated The 10 Rules into everything we do. By creating a list of employee-centric rules, we help our team stay focused on not only producing their best work but also ensuring Smart Chemical remains a safe, fun place to work.
What Are The 10 Rules Of Smart Chemical Services?
Our rules revolve around three principles: ensuring the safety of the team, encouraging personal growth and development, and maintaining a company culture that fosters open cooperation and teamwork. Each rule itself has a purpose, and they work together to ensure every employee works in a goal-driven environment with opportunities for sustainable success and growth potential.
Rule 1: The Safety Rule
“Every job is so important that it must be done safely. You are so important to your family and company. You are irreplaceable. If you don't go home at night, the other rules don't matter.”
Jobs in the oil and gas industry are often high risk. The danger of bodily harm remains a constant concern, both for employees and their managers. For this reason, we hold safety to the highest standard.
Rule 2: The Golden Rule
“Treat others like you want to be treated.”
The Golden Rule may seem cliche, but if more people followed it, think of how different our world would look. It’s easy to get wrapped up in your personal problems. However, when you treat others how you wish to be treated, you improve not only your teammates’ day but also your own.
Rule 3: The Trust Rule
“Give trust, earn trust.”
Trust is not something that many acquire innately, particularly in a corporate environment. Yet it remains an essential component to a healthy, functioning team environment. The only way to incubate trust is to offer it yourself. Trust your teammates and, by being consistently dependable, you’ll earn their trust as well.
Rule 4: The Fun Rule
“When possible, have fun doing your job. You invest more time at work than anywhere else. You should enjoy it!”
Work is work, and it’s easy to get caught up in the mindset that your job shouldn’t be fun. But that isn’t true. The average person will work for 90,000 hours over their lifetime. That’s one-third of your life!
Instead of simply working to get a paycheck, try to get the most of your time on the job. Enjoy the company of coworkers, take pride in your work, and immerse yourself in the company culture.
Rule 5: The Debate Rule
“A vigorous debate is encouraged on business matters, but always refer to Rule #2.”
Healthy competition keeps the team motivated and invested in their work. It also encourages employees to speak their minds and lets them know their opinions matter. We strongly encourage employees engage this rule to debate ideas, foster creativity, and drive innovation – so long as it’s open and considerate on both ends.
Rule 6: The Best Rule
“Whatever your role, do your job to the best of your ability.”
An organization is only as strong as its employees. When each employee gives it their all, the organization will be unstoppable. In addition to improving the strength of the company, The Best Rule, also provides employees with a tangible sense of achievement. When you do your best, you gain a sense of accomplishment that not only makes you proud but also significantly increases your enjoyment in what you do.
Rule 7: The Zig Rule
“Help others get what they want and eventually you will get what you want.”
Based on the philosophies of Zig Ziglar, Rule No. 7 encourages employees to inspire others. By helping teammates, you not only gain their trust and build rapport, but you also better equip yourself to succeed.
Rule 8: The Commitment Rule
“Don't try; either make a commitment or say no.”
Many people struggle with overextending themselves. They say yes to whatever task comes their way and, in the end, don’t have enough resources to complete the tasks to the best of their ability.
Although saying no can be challenging, it ensures you have enough time to truly dedicate yourself to your tasks. And if you do say yes, it’s only fair that you put in your best effort for your teammates.
Rule 9: The Celebrate Rule
“Celebrate business and personal victories.”
Achievement gives employees a renewed sense of purpose and pride. It provides them with the energy they need to press onward and work toward their next success.
No matter your position within the company, it’s crucial to recognize your achievements. You work hard to meet your goals. When you reach them, give yourself the credit you deserve. Take some time to look at how much you’ve grown and visualize where you will be in the years to come.
Rule 10: The Learning Rule
“Learn from failures and repeat success.”
The final rule focuses on the fact that personal growth is not a destination. It’s a journey. It’s something you must strive for every day, and it depends on your efforts.
The best way to grow is by learning from past mistakes. If something isn’t working, try something new. And if it does work, by all means, repeat it in the future.
Why Are The 10 Rules Important To Smart Chemical Services?
The 10 Rules are a high priority for Smart Chemical Services for three simple reasons. First and foremost, we care about the safety and wellbeing of our team. We strive to protect our team because, to us, they’re more than just employees. They’re family.
We also want to ensure our culture is welcoming and encouraging for everyone. It can be a challenge for a business to create an environment that accommodates each employee because, after all, you can’t please everyone. However, by encouraging team members to treat others as they wish to be treated, you ensure your employees always have a safe and fun place to work.
Finally, our employees love their jobs – and we want to keep it that way! We wouldn’t have been named an Inc. 5000 Company without all their hard work and dedication. We encourage employees to practice the 10 Rules. We want them to feel valued and important, because they are.
From the beginning, the 10 Rules have remained a fundamental part of who we are – because it works! It may seem like a simple statement of our company values and beliefs, but it has become an elemental part of our culture. We owe much of our success to the people who keep these rules alive every day.
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