At VMware, our EPIC2 values (Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers, Community) reflect who we are and why we are here, to disrupt information technology while shaping the course of what’s next for our community. Our inaugural EPIC2 Achievement Award recognizes people who exemplify all of our shared values in an extraordinary way. Recipients are chosen by our Executive team once a year and celebrated at our company all hands meeting.
Connect with Gregory Johnston, Field Financial Officer, and one of four employee recipients of VMware’s EPIC2 Achievement Awards as he shares how VMware’s EPIC2 values bring true meaning to life in our community.
Role: Field Financial Officer
Office Location: Palo Alto, California
Years at VMware: 8
How did you feel when you found out you were the first recipient of VMware’s first EPIC2 Achievement Award?
Truly honored! It is such a privilege to even be considered for the award, given the breath and scope of the recognition.
Can you share with us your most memorable moment at VMware?
I would say one of my most memorable moments at VMware was several years back, where we took a half-day with the team in Austin, Texas and spent the afternoon giving back at the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. First, it was an amazing event from a team bonding perspective. Secondly, it is so easy at times to become fully engulfed in all that we have to accomplish at VMware, and pausing to focus on our community and giving back truly puts things into perspective. The afternoon was one of the most rewarding team building events I’ve ever been a part of.
Can you share your perspective on how you bring your values to life at work?
I focus on highlighting each of the values in activities throughout the day. I tend to be a very passionate individual, so this easily flows into life at work. For the other values, I’ve found that highlighting them within conversations, team meetings, planning events, helps share these values broadly within my organization and my business partners. At times it is so easy to get mired in the weeds, we lose sight of the big picture and what we are trying to accomplish in information technology, and how this benefits not just ourselves, or our company, but our customers and the community.
How do VMware’s EPIC2 values connect with your own personal values?
VMware’s values align extremely well with my personal values. I would go so far and state, that VMware’s values helped me review and inspect my own personal values. The inclusion of Community in VMware’s value truly helped me, personally, review am I doing enough in my life outside of work around my community to give back. I feel the continued focus on EPIC2 from VMware leadership helps me personally ensure that I maintain this focus outside of work.
Why do you think values matter at work?
Bluntly, because otherwise this is just a job. If we don’t focus on something greater (which is how I would view a value based approach such as EPIC2) it may be difficult to find reward and meaning in what we do daily. The heightened focus on values at VMware is something that I’m grateful for.
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