Integrity: the quality of being honest, and having strong moral principles. It’s an admirable, and favorable, quality of an employee, and a very important factor in the workplace. What are the examples of integrity in the workplace?
Examples of integrity in the workplace
Work when you’re at work
Sometimes, work isn’t the most fun to do. Why do “boring” work when you could pay attention to something more fun—something more engaging? This is where your integrity shines. Saving social media, snacking, texting, personal calls, and surfing the internet during your break time will show your boss and your colleagues your diligence.
Abiding rules and company policies
Your willingness to stick to your company’s rules and procedures is a great demonstration of your integrity. Not doing your tasks the “easy way” or taking “shortcuts” and following the processes of your organization will prove how trustworthy you are. This also shows how you’ll carry out your duties to your boss and your colleagues.
Respect and trust
Employees leave organizations for various reasons. One reason is the relationships they have with the people around them. Respect your coworkers. Mutual respect creates a healthy working environment. Be sure to communicate politely—not just orally—but also by your body language. Learn how to listen, and make sure that all interactions are appropriate. Don’t just think of yourself. Be able to look beyond your interests and focus on the goals of your team and your company. At the same time that you treat your coworkers respectfully, you also establish trust with them. And those who trust you will spread the word of that trust to others, helping you build your character.
Be able to bear the consequences of your actions and take responsibility for whatever you do. When you’re given a task, be responsible enough to do it properly and finish it at the expected time. Avoid using company supplies and other resources just for your personal use. Don’t give out promises that you can’t keep. Work productively and cooperate with meetings or events of the company. Also, don’t practice absenteeism.
The mentioned items above are just some things that you can do to exhibit your integrity. There are a lot more ways to do so. The key is that you keep doing this, whether someone is watching you or not.
At the same time, you could also examine a person’s integrity, and other work-related values, before they become a part of your organization!