Do we need more integrity at work?
We seem to have more tolerance for the little white lies or for the uncompleted tasks, for taking the easy way out and for taking something we need without permission. We have also become more open and tolerant to people who misrepresent themselves on their resumes, biographies and even in job interviews. Just the other day I reviewed a colleague’s bio posted online and it indicated information I know is false or rather widely exaggerate. Is It okay to work somewhere for 3 years and claim you did for 21 years?
So all this pondering has brought me back to my earlier question, “Do we need more integrity at work?” The dictionary describes integrity as “steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code and a condition of being whole and complete.” So does this mean that to be without integrity is to be broken, divided and incomplete? Is this why are would be tempted to steal paper clips, staples, post it notes, books and make copies of their personal documents at work? Make personal calls and send personal emails?
Our personal integrity is the sense of rightness. It is what’s left of us when we are gone, it is our trademark and what makes us complete, it is also our legacy. So the next time you are tempted to take something that belongs to the company or use resources such as time that belong to your employer for your own use, remember, how you do small things is how you will go on to do the really great and important things in life. So stop yourself and learn to practice integrity in the small things, so you will have opportunity to do really great things at work and in life.
Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst and founder of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. She works with mid-career professionals and organizations to improve skills, competencies, and wellness at work. She can be reached at 1 877 999-9591.