What would you do in this situation? There was an important company file that you mistakenly permanently deleted from the system. Although, you tried to revive it but to no success. So what would you do in the fear of danger? The deed is already done and can’t be changed, but what entails is up to you. Either you can confess the truth which may result in reprimand, or you can behave as if nothing happened (and ultimately what the cat is out of the box, you lie that you didn’t do it). While the former may cost you a rebuking, yet it shows your moral integrity-choosing which is always a hard choice (but to no doubt-the right choice)
Taking clues from this example, in the article, we are going to mull over what is moral integrity and how do you exhibit it at the workplace?
Let’s dive in now.
WHAT IS MORAL INTEGRITY?
Moral integrity is the state-of-the-mind or cognition to behave rightfully, even at a time when no one is watching. While it’s easier to do the right thing in front of everyone, standing up for truth in aloofness displays your moral integrity.
In another scenario, when there is a treasure at the end of wrongdoing and pain and suffering at the end of the right deed- choosing the latter validates you as an ethical person.
BENEFITS OF MORAL INTEGRITY
People with moral integrity stick to their ideals, ethical principles, which they don’t compromise for the sake of ephemeral pleasures. They don’t cheat, lie, or cut corners. Hence, such morally righteous people can be trusted and make-up a better workplace ambiance.
Moral integrity at the workplace bolsters and valorizes strong relationships with clients and vendors owing to the trust that you will keep your word. Moreover, in a worst-case scenario, you will act honorably, instead of using malpractices.
EXAMPLES OF MORAL INTEGRITY
- Your team missed a deadline due to some glitches on the part of one of the teammates. Instead of putting blame on him, you accept the mistake as a team lead and promise to be assiduous about deadlines in the offing.
- At lunch, some of your colleagues are gossiping about the new girl. Instead of becoming a part of badmouthing a new intern, you prefer to stay out of that scenario.
HOW TO DISPLAY MORAL INTEGRITY AT THE WORKPLACE?
Working in any company, or organization, your moral integrity upholds you as a responsible person who can be trusted and advance in your career. Moreover, it guides you to cherish a positive work culture at the workplace.
Here are some of the method’s by which you can display moral integrity:
1.BE PUNCTUAL AND READY TO WORK
Always be punctual whether you are coming to the office or showing up for any meeting. If there arises any catch-22 situation inform the manager forthright, instead of being absent without notice. Also, show your enthusiasm and vigor to work and accomplish tasks before the deadlines.
Whatever be the situation, even if conflict incites, ensure to be respectful towards the other person. There is no harm in stating your viewpoints, but at the same time respecting others’ opinions is moral integrity.
“To human is to err”. Everyone commits mistakes but a person with moral integrity accepts his shortcoming or wrongdoing, rather than covering it up with fallacy.
4.ADHERE TO COMPANY POLICIES
Every company or organization has its own set of policies to maintain professionalism and a positive environment for employees at the workplace. As a person of integrity, read the policies meticulously and follow demonstrate them at the workplace. Also, set a positive example for others.
5. REVERENCE FOR PROPERTY
Treat company’s property, colleagues’ belongings, and any other things with reverence. Do not use company property or supplies for personal use. Even if you borrow something return it to its rightful owner.
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