I wrote about integrity at work and suggested that we all take a retrospective view within ourselves. Integrity is important in the workplace for many reasons – if you can’t trust your co-workers, or manager/leader, then anything can happen. I promised to list some examples of integrity in the workplace. Additionally, I have listed general examples of integrity:
How to Have Everyday Integrity
- Keep your promises even if it takes extra effort.
- Go back to a store and pay for something you forgot to pay for.
- Never betray a friend’s trust even if you get in trouble.
- Inform the cashier he gave you too much change back.
- Do not gossip or talking badly about someone.
- Remain true to your spouse or partner.
- When in a serious relationship, don’t keep secrets from each other.
- Return money that you noticed someone dropped without expecting a reward.
- Ignore someone’s advice on how to cheat on your taxes and not get caught.
- Do not let someone else take the blame for something you did.
- If someone gives you confidential information, never tell anyone what you know.
- When it is obvious to you a relationship is over, don’t drag it out but discuss it openly.
Integrity At Work
- Work when you are supposed to and save socializing, snacking, searching the Internet and personal phone calls for break time.
- Turn in the extra change you found in the soda or snack vending machine.
- Show respect to coworkers with appropriate conversation and empathy.
- If you are in management, keep your employees informed so they will know what is coming and what needs to be done.
- Adhere to company policies and procedures.
- Be responsible. Do what you say you will do.
- Use materials for work and not personal use.
- If you make a mistake and a team’s project gets messed up or you miss a deadline, own up to your mistake. Don’t let teammates take the fall.
- Work together as a team. This builds trust and shows integrity.
- Never steal supplies from the workplace.
- If you find yourself in a conflict of interest, get out of it as soon as possible.
- Don’t accept praise of acclaim for someone else’s work. That includes stealing someone’s idea or pretending to have worked on a successful project.
- When making a business deal, make sure everything is on the table and nothing was left out.
- If your company asks you to do something against your personal code of conduct, refuse. If it means losing a good paying job, so be it. Find a more ethical company to work for.
Did you find yourself on either of these lists? I did! Wow – that kinda smarted! There is a lot to maintaining one’s integrity. It takes purposeful, thought-through actions based on the scenario at hand. I will go out on a limb here and state that we all slip up, so I think we need to look at our overall, ongoing behavior, not a one-time mishap. Likely we didn’t think through the situation or emotions got the best of us. All I can say is that we all need to review where we stand and re-adjust as needed. Integrity at work matters! Honestly!
CoreTech Revolution is a team of experienced health IT professionals. Within that framework of experience, we have to assess a project before launching into the actual work. If we don’t think we can help you or determine that there isn’t enough openness to actually follow-through on recommended actions then we will tell you. Likewise, we will be honest as to where the problems lie and how to fix them. Integrity is the cornerstone of our business. You can count on it!