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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