E THICAL B EHAVIOR IN THE W ORKPLACE
                                  BY : C ATHY W ARSCHAW
                                (D AILY N EW A RTICLES . COM )

Many believe that ethical behavior is some           But where would honesty and respect get
abstract term that sounds nice and looks             you without responsibility? Responsibility
good on paper, but are confused as to what           means taking your duties seriously enough
being ethical really means in the workplace.         to always perform and give at your highest
What if someone told you that everything             level of performance.       If a task seems
you need to know about ethical behavior,             difficult, don’t give up – find the answer or
you learned in kindergarten?                         help you need to complete the work. You
                                                     are the person who is ultimately
That’s right, ethics – or the guidelines of          responsible for the quality of work you do;
conduct followed in the workplace – were             take and accept responsibility for your
taught to you at a very young age.                   decisions.
Practicing ethical behavior is important to
you because it can grow a business,                  How many times did you hear, “Wait your
promote teamwork among co-workers, and               turn!” or “Share!” in kindergarten?
build confidence and trust in each other.            Probably too many times to count.
Now let’s refresh our memories on what               Working as part of a team in the workplace
being ethical means.                                 can be challenging because you have to be
                                                     open-minded and listen to the opinions of
One of the first things your kindergarten            others. But by being fair and reasonable to
teacher probably taught you was to be                the positions and views of others is a great
honest. Behaviors such as, cheating or               way to build a reputation of balanced
lying, were considered wrong and could               equity in the workplace.
land you in the time-out corner. Practicing
honesty by following through on your                 Lastly, these ethical behaviors would mean
promises and remaining loyal to your                 very little without developing the caring
beliefs, can build a solid and respectable           attitude to match them. Infusing your co-
reputation in the workplace.                         worker and customer interactions with
                                                     compassion, forgiveness, and gratitude, is
An equally important behavior that was               essential to creating mutually respectable
repeatedly emphasized was treating others            relationships that will prosper.
with respect – i.e. – the “Golden Rule” –
regardless of sex, age, or other differences.        Ethical behavior in the workplace isn’t a
Being respectful towards supervisors, co-            myth; the capacity to practice honesty,
workers, and customers promotes an                   respect,   responsibility,   fairness,  and
environment of tolerance and openness                compassion has existed in each of us since
that is the perfect breeding ground for              we    were    taught    these    values  in
establishing    employee     and    customer         kindergarten. If you haven’t already, tap
satisfaction and loyalty.                            into those memories to be on your way to
                                                     becoming the best person you can be in
                                                     your career.

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