Written by Greg Ruchti, Ph.D., Senior Analyst –
Three days after I was offered a position at Veracity as a Senior Analyst, I was diagnosed with stage three cancer. Beyond the obvious concerns regarding my health, I was very worried about my employment with Veracity. Would my offer be rescinded? I spoke with both Vice President Jason Daly and CEO Mike Macedonia on the phone explaining the situation. They gave me a simple response: Veracity would be flexible about my work requirements to ensure I received treatment as comfortably as possible. This made me feel like I was an important part of the Veracity team right from the start. Since then, I have had only positive experiences at Veracity, which has motivated me to be a productive and integral member of Veracity’s Operations Research team.
A core value at Veracity is to provide a positive and supportive environment in which our staff members feel important to the company, and thus are happy and productive at work. Veracity is by no means a stress-free workplace––we face deadline pressure and an ever-growing workload. However, in terms of working environment, we do not function as a cut-throat hierarchy. Such an environment can motivate employees to work hard for a time, but the motivation doesn’t last. Studies have shown that employees are much more likely to burn out and make mistakes in such an environment. They can even be more susceptible to health concerns. Positive work cultures are just more productive, as exemplified in this article in the Harvard Business Review.
At Veracity, we provide an intellectually stimulating and collaborative environment in which we conceptualize and execute different projects. Each team member has the opportunity to contribute equally to a given project. All voices are heard. This not only maximizes the productivity of each employee, but also amplifies the creativity with which we approach each project. Thus, our people are motivated to produce the best possible results for each and every project, big and small.
I’m relieved to say that I’ve nearly completed cancer treatment now with excellent results. Although I don’t recommend the experience, I can at least say that by going through a health crisis, I’ve gained tremendous insight into the importance of a values-centered workplace. When the values are real, as they are at Veracity, the results will speak for themselves.