The Benefits of Ownership
Throughout the company’s history, we have encouraged everyone in the Sargento family to feel a sense of ownership in the company. We do this for several reasons. A sense of ownership builds an increased sense of pride and responsibility, which will ultimately be reflected in the quality of our work and our products.
Just as important, a sense of ownership creates a feeling of satisfaction, of belonging, of making a difference. Taking ownership of a project means caring about its success. Ultimately, this improves the quality of your work, which gives you a stronger sense of satisfaction. Clearly, our employees and our company benefit when we share a sense of ownership.
Ownership requires an unfailing sense of responsibility – and we commend all of our employees who adopt this attitude. These employees take their jobs personally. These employees believe that everything they do matters – every step of the way. These employees consider themselves owners of the research report they just finished, the product they just introduced, or the package they just brought down the line. As a result, their work is better – all of the time.
People with a sense of ownership care. Consider how you take care of your home or your car or other treasured belongings. You show your caring in any number of different ways, such as painting the house, mowing the lawn, washing and waxing your car. At Sargento, we expect you to take care of the company’s assets as if they were your own. That includes spending your business budget as if it were your personal budget, and caring for our equipment and other property as if they belonged to you, too. Because in a very real sense, they do. You receive profit sharing and return on average capital employed bonuses based on how we collectively care for Sargento assets.