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Engenius Core Values: Passion

We all feel excited about work every now and then (often on Fridays, interestingly), but how do you foster an authentic and optimistic spirit to learn, grow and do your best day after day, year after year?

Personally, I relish my role at Engenius. I have the honor of being the executive assistant to our CEO, Chris Manley. Much of the work I do is behind-the-scenes and can seem insignificant—making sure the printer has ink, helping answer questions if Chris is out of the office, etc. But in each small task lies the opportunity to complete it with excellence. If I can help Chris make the most of his time or take a worry off his mind, I am increasing his capacity to focus on leading Engenius. I have found that being faithful even with small or hidden tasks will result in being found trustworthy and capable. The passion I feel for the role, and my confidence that it can help drive the company forward, fuels me each day as I work to do my best.

Doing Little Things With Passion

I’m not alone in this. My co-workers feel the same way for the work we do for our clients. Without passion, Engenius could not keep its doors open. We have the very humbling privilege of serving businesses and nonprofits, all of which were started by passionate owners – entrepreneurs with dreams that have come to life. When those dreamers need help marketing their business, it is an honor to combine our passion with their passion and together create something spectacular.

“Do things with passion, or not at all.” – Unknown

I think the key to working with passion is simply loving what you do. I can say with confidence that our team loves what they do. I feel it the moment I step in the door each morning. There’s a contagious atmosphere around our office. It’s a beautifully managed tension of people working incredibly hard while enjoying our time together as friends. We love our jobs, our colleagues, our clients, and our community.

Passion gives birth to being focused and completing work with excellence. Engenius is a great place to work because we each give everything we’ve got each day. So here’s to working hard today and getting to do it all again tomorrow.

Check out the rest of our Core Values series:
Integrity
People
Progress: August 11
Innovation: August 25

Engenius Core Values: People

You don’t have to look very hard to see that a lot of today’s businesses are more concerned with profit than people. At times it can be hard to tell if they are really putting you first or just want your business for a quick sale.

Here at Engenius we do things a little bit differently. As a relationship-based company, we value people. We have care and respect for our colleagues, clients and community. For us, this means putting people first.

Clients: Putting people first means serving them first and foremost. For our clients, that might look like answering the phone at 5:20 pm with an after-hours support need. It could mean taking the time to meet with a client who unexpectedly walks in the door instead of calling or setting up a meeting. It can be seen in educating our clients on the latest trends in digital marketing so they can stay ahead of their competition. All of these trace back to setting aside our own agenda to meet the needs of our clients; the very people who allow us to do what we are passionate about each and every day.

Colleagues: In addition to our clients, we have care and respect for our colleagues. The word colleague almost seems too formal to describe the people we work with everyday at Engenius. Most of us prefer the term friends or work-family (perhaps because some of us are quite literally family). Here’s how we see it: if we get the opportunity to come to work here everyday, we need to support and encourage each other, share ideas, and grow together. Engenius is only as good as we make it, so we strive day-in and day-out to make it a sustainable, healthy company where our employees are challenged and fulfilled, all while contributing to the greater good of the Upstate community.

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Community: We don’t just take this approach with our clients and each other, but with our community as a whole. After all, we live and work here too. Greenville is growing more and more each day and Engenius is a small part of that growth. We are committed to the business and nonprofit community right here in our own backyard. We care for our community through initiatives like our Engenius Grants program, where a full website is awarded to two local nonprofits each year. Our care can also be seen through Engenius Volunteers days; Engenius employees receive paid time off to volunteer. We are contributing individually and as a team to the betterment of our community.

We are driven to put the people in our world first, because no matter what we value people over profits.

Check out the rest of our Core Values series:
Integrity
Passion
Progress: August 11
Innovation: August 25

Engenius Core Values: Integrity

Our good friend Abe Lincoln once said, “The man who can’t make a mistake can’t make anything.”

Abraham-Lincoln

Integrity can be a vague principle. At Engenius, maintaining the highest integrity means we are loyal people of honor, devoted to everything we do. Again, sounds awesome, but what does this look like? Is it really all that honorable that we don’t lie and that we’re devoted to our work?

Sometimes integrity can’t be seen until something goes wrong.

We own our mistakes. Mistakes happen. It’s in times we’ve messed up that our integrity stands out. When we realize we’ve over-promised or under-delivered, we aren’t afraid to get vulnerable and admit it. And we not only admit our mistakes, but we do all we can to fix them. In a culture that often throws free coupons at you, we aim to make it right.

This doesn’t mean we look for opportunities to mess up so that our integrity can shine. Our integrity can also be seen in the way we seek to avoid mistakes.

We lead with honesty. We are at times approached with needs that we may not be able to meet. In an industry that is notorious for over-promising and under-delivering, we seek to be different. It’s our aim to be transparent and honest in setting expectations. We aren’t afraid to be up-front and honest about what we can deliver.

We commit to projects. When we are up-front and honest in setting project expectations, it frees us to be fully devoted to our work. Our clients can bank on us working our tails off and going above and beyond to exceed the expectations we set. On the rare occasion we fall short, we own that shortfall.

A business doesn’t have to sacrifice profits to operate with integrity.

Check out the rest of our Core Values series:
People
Passion
Progress: August 11
Innovation: August 25

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