Recently I had a conversation with a Chamber member about integrity in the workplace. We discussed that integrity is one of the top traits’ employers look for in an employee. A person of integrity is steady and true, they remind me of Aesop’s fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. The Tortoise is steady, has self-confidence believing that he/she can accomplish hard things. The Tortoise just doesn’t quit.
What is integrity in the workplace?
Integrity is the hallmark of a person who demonstrates sound moral and ethical principles. And is a fundamental value that employers seek. Integrity in the workplace is a building block of ethical behavior.
Integrity qualities include:
- Sound judgment
These traits draw others to you and help you build relationships. These people are principled and employers know they can count on you. A person with integrity also is open and honest with communication. Integrity also means being responsible for your actions and this includes accountability and owning their mistakes.
We are all human, we learn and grow from mistakes and the thing that makes an employee valuable is when they can own their mistakes, learn from them and grow.
Having integrity at work fosters an open and positive work environment and an ethical approach to decision making.
Ways to demonstrate Integrity at work:
- Respect and follow company policies.
- Show up to work on time, every time.
- Be ready to work.
- Lead by example.
- Respect others’ opinions (even if you do not agree).
- Be accountable for your mistakes.
When faced with challenges that test your integrity, think about how you want to be remembered. This can guide you to take action that you will not regret.
In big ways and small ways, visible or invisible situations,
we have the opportunity to demonstrate integrity or lack of it every single day!
By: Cheryl Viola , Executive Director