I have worked in different industries over the years and have always considered myself to be an honest person. What I found however is, that it isn’t apparently true of all other employees, or even employers! Each time, I found myself surprised, mainly because you expect other people to be honest, to have integrity. No one is perfect and with deep examination, I suppose we can find non-truths in us all. So the question is – how important is integrity is business?
Google returned a lot on this subject. Below are just a few:
- It is perhaps the most important principle of leadership and dependent on integrity because it demands truthfulness and honesty. Many companies and organizations fail because they don’t follow the reality principle. Integrity means telling the truth even if the truth is ugly.
- People often define integrity as doing the right thing even when no one else is around. It is the ability to act with honesty and be consistent in whatever it is you are doing based on the particular moral value or belief compass you have.
- Integrity is one of the fundamental values that employers seek in the employees that they hire. It is the hallmark of a person who demonstrates sound moral and ethical principles at work. … Honesty and trust are central to integrity. Acting with honor and truthfulness are also basic tenets in a person with integrity.
And a definition of integrity:
Integrity means following your moral or ethical convictions and doing the right thing in all circumstances,
even if no one is watching you. Having integrity means you are true to yourself and would do nothing that
demeans or dishonors you.
I want to share a few of my experiences where I felt integrity/honesty was in question in the workplace:
- I was asked to not report an over-payment from the government! Always thought that was dangerous, so instead, I just didn’t report a bill that came in and essentially used the over-payment to cover it. I didn’t want my name on that!
- Leadership in one company had very strict requirements for being made manager/leadership person but then they hired someone that absolutely did not meet the basic requirement! Hmmm – that says a lot to employees. Even HR was overruled – big hmmmm!
- A boss in distribution wouldn’t let me write up a manager for outright lying which prevented specific goods from shipping. Instead he wanted to transfer him to another facility! I was overruled on this one and thus had no choice but let’s just say, that drastically changed my relationship with my superior – totally lost respect for him.
As you can see, my own experiences have seen some lack of integrity. Complete disclosure, I have taken pens and notepads from work! So, I am no angel!
What have you seen in your experiences? The bigger question is what have others seen in your behavior? Would you be considered to have integrity or not? Something to consider! CoreTech Revolution’s success depends on integrity in business, even when it’s not what a customer wants to hear. We are hired to be honest on our assessments.