Workplace Integrity Aug16

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Workplace Integrity

By Lynn Hong

Integrity – the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles (oxford dictionaries)

The unethical behavior of major organizations like Enron and more recently Rupert Murdoch’s organizations has had a devastating impact on the organization and its workers. Public and investors confidence plunged and jobs were lost.

It does not matter if you are a junior operator or a CEO. Workplace integrity forms part of the corporate core values and must be echoed throughout the organization. In all corporate structure, the higher the position the executive holds, the more responsibility he/she has. It is therefore vital that integrity is exhibited from the head of organization and be enforced downwards. Having strong workplace integrity within the organization not only enhances employees’ long-term professional development, it will also enhance the overall company’s culture.

Most of us believe that we are always acting in integrity. However, this may not necessarily be the case. Why? One basic reason is human’s basic needs for security and control which is broadly associated by one’s ego. When we are driven by our egos, we tend to move away from our true self and inner values our parents conscientiously taught us when we were growing up. Our actions and behaviors become manipulative.

So, as an employee of an organization, do you believe you live your core values at work and exhibit integrity in your workplace?

 

Here are some points to get you thinking:

Honor and Respect

Treating others the way you want to be treated is fundamental in displaying integrity within the workplace. Practicing honor and respect amongst colleagues, superiors and subordinate ensures organizational harmony and unity.

Honesty

Workplace honesty is an optimal model of integrity and it builds trust and respect. As a leader in the organization, do you openly communicate about the company’s policies and changes that affect the organization? Or as an individual, do you share constructive feedback with your superior or co-workers? Over time, not being open and truthful will result in lack of personal credibility and will put your career development prospects in jeopardy.

Lead by Example

As leaders of the organization your actions displayed will be watched. When you walk the talk and demonstrate integrity in handling issues and decision making, you set the platform for appropriate workplace behavior and culture.  Leading by example allows you to earn the respect of your colleagues, improves your accountability and trustworthiness.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is an official necessity. If you are placed in a position with the privileged of being exposed to confidential information, you are therefore obliged to keep all information private. Commitment to confidentiality instills trust and shows your sincere consideration for the privacy of others.

Workplace integrity requires honesty, respect and accountability towards oneself and others. With these points in mind, are you the person you believe you are? Maybe it is time for you to rethink and realign your workplace values to achieve career and overall personal success.