: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility (Merriam Webster)
"Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” CS Lewis
In the workplace, we all want to be around people who are honest and trustworthy. Establishing a moral and ethical framework, and building that into the very core of your company is essential in creating a work environment centered on integrity.
It can be very hard to pinpoint who has integrity and who does not, so here are a few things that you can look for when dealing with others to determine if the people that you work with have integrity.
Examples of integrity in the workplace:
- Can you put your food in the kitchen and have it there when you go for lunch?
- Are your coworkers pulling their load when teamwork is required.
- Do your coworkers have your back when you are tied up with a customer or need assistance completing your work?
- Do your coworkers arrive on time, and do what they are supposed to do, even when the boss is away?
- Does your company treat its employees and clients fairly?
If you can answer yes to all of the above, this means that your workplace has done a great job of hiring employees who have the common core value of integrity.
Food for thought....
At some point in your working career, you will probably be asked to do something that may compromise your integrity. If at any point you are asked to do something that just doesn't sit well with you, or feel right, ask yourself this: Is what I am about to do worth degrading my good name? Remember this—a breach in integrity, even once, can compromise every good deed that you have done.