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  • Writer's pictureKevin Shamburg

Core Values

Updated: Aug 30, 2018

At the heart of our organization lies its core values—the operating principles that permeate every area of the business. They reflect what’s truly important to our team, and they’re a guide for our behaviors.

Joy starts here – A mind-set shift to create success.

At KLA Environmental Services we envision joy as a tool for transformation. By reacting joyfully, we move into collaboration which fosters productivity and creativity. Distraction becomes focus and conflict becomes trust-filled relationships. When we find joy in our work and relationships, we work harder and more efficiently than those who don’t.

Helping feed the world – We have hearts for agriculture.

Our hearts point toward helping feed the world. Agriculture is a key economic driver and it also holds great potential for our team’s future. We are committed to serving agriculture and rural communities by offering expertise in engineering and environmental sciences. Our hearts for agriculture set KLA Environmental Services apart from most other engineering and environmental consulting firms.

Integrity and Honesty – Character matters all the time.

At KLA Environmental Services, integrity and honesty mean:

  • We approach our work and personal lives with professionalism.

  • We say what we mean and we mean what we say.

  • You can count on us to follow through to help achieve a positive outcome.

We believe that to be truly successful in business and in life, we must always be honest and open. We believe that openness and honesty make for the best relationships because it leads to trust and faith. Strong and positive relationships that are open and honest are a big part of what differentiates us from most others in our industry. Integrity starts with strong relationships, developed through emotional connections allowing us to accomplish much more than we would be able to otherwise. Without honesty and integrity, our team could not truly succeed. If trust exists, there are no limits to what we can accomplish.

Dependability – It’s about demonstrating consistent behavior until it’s predictable.

We strongly believe that this is how lasting teams are built. We strive to be there through thick and thin, rain or shine, delivering on every promise, every time with systems and processes that work. That’s why people in our communities and throughout the country count on KLA Environmental Services.

Work-Life Balance – The careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.

We embrace that our team members are caretakers, entrusted to shepherd their family legacy until it is turned carefully and responsibly over to the next generation. We support our team members both at work and at home because it is only a joy-filled, healthy team member that can truly give their all for customers. Our professionals know that our team has their back both professionally and personally, and we know that they have ours.

Accountability – We accept responsibility before we place blame.

A culture of accountability doesn’t happen by chance. It takes hard work to achieve. Accountability must be an enduring practice rather than a management fad. We believe that teams with a culture of accountability become market leaders. Without accountability, teams spend most of their time trying to catch up or worse, get caught in a scandal where one thing was said, and quite another was done. We strive to create a culture of accountability by having the right people in the right positions, clearly defining expectations, identifying desired outcomes, taking personal responsibility, offering encouragement, and celebrating lessons learned.

Respect – Treat others as you wish to be treated.

A significant value that underlies much of our culture is Respect. At KLA Environmental Services, we desire to live by the Golden Rule – Treat others as you wish to be treated. We strive to:

  • Be Accepting: Support everyone's worth and dignity, regardless of background, abilities or beliefs.

  • Be Considerate: Always be aware of and honor others' rights and feelings.

  • Be Attentive: Be ready to learn from others.

  • Be Encouraging: Demonstrate concern for the growth and development of all.

  • Be Thankful: Value the guidance of supportive team members and leaders.

Share the Profits – We win together. We lose together.

KLA Environmental Services is committed to sharing profits. When our team performs, team members are rewarded for their efforts. We believe that Profit Sharing makes every team member think like an owner – committed to the work at hand, accountable for the work we do, and dedicated to our customers. We offer our team members two opportunities for winning when our team wins. Team members become eligible to participate in a generous 401 (K) Profit Sharing Plan and Trust after completing one year of service, attaining the age of twenty and one-half while performing at least 1,000 hours of service during the calendar year. Additionally, after the first 6 months of employment, all full-time team members are eligible to share up to twenty five percent (25%) of pre-tax profits based on the current Profit Sharing program.

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