We all know the importance of integrity; however, this term tends to get a lot of lip service. Everyone speaks on its validity but few actually honour and live by its ethics. And unfortunately, this is a common occurrence in every area of life—whether personal or professional. But integrity in the workplace is non-negotiable; there is no substitute for moral behaviour. However, you may wonder why carrying integrity into your workplace operations is so important. Keep reading to find out.
1. Produces More Leaders
Every organization needs top-notch leaders; these kinds of people enable the company to function like a well-oiled machine. But how can you create more leaders? Simple, by making integrity a guiding principle in your workplace. The individual who values integrity looks through a lens of principled and ethical conduct. As a result, they conduct themselves accordingly in every aspect of business and life. Just think how this type of person can impact the operations within your company, increasing performance and productivity as a result!
There is not a single organization out there that won’t flourish under the management of someone with integrity.
2. Fosters Stronger Teams
As a team, everyone needs to be on the same side. That’s what the concept of a team represents. However, this is impossible if team members are lacking in their ability to conduct themselves ethically within the workplace. A strong sense of integrity will strengthen your team’s resolve to accomplish company objectives, enhance their responsibility to one another, and grow their respect for both you as a manager and your company as a whole.
3. Creates a Positive Company Culture
The better your company culture, the better your team will perform and the better results they will generate (as a natural byproduct) for your business. However, this type of company culture must be deliberately created. It cannot be left to chance. And how do you create it? You guessed it: by operating with integrity as a strong company value. A company culture is created through its values, code of conduct, attitudes, and set of standards.
All of these attributes culminate to produce a culture that is either beneficial or detrimental to the company. With this in mind, it makes sense to create a culture that will encourage productivity and quality customer service, doesn’t it?
4. Establishes Trust
Trust is essential for any relationship. Whether the relationship in question is personal or professional, trust must be present if it is to flourish. And trust is developed through honesty, honouring commitments, and operating from a standpoint of ethical behaviour. In other words, it again comes back to integrity. How would you feel if a good friend lied to you? Or how would you view a company that didn’t honour its own claims? Chances are you would lose faith in both.
Why? Because in both cases, the “friend” and “the company” have demonstrated a lack of integrity. You no longer trust them—and rightfully so. And guess what? This same principle applies to your company.
3 Simple Ways to Implement Integrity in Your Workplace
Now that you understand the necessity of integrity in the workplace, you may wonder how you can foster and develop this quality within your team. Fortunately, there are a few practices you can use. And the best part? They’re relatively easy to implement!
1. Professional Language
Your words are powerful. What you say creates an image of who you are and what you believe. Profanity or vulgar language of any kind is not a good look for anyone in a leadership position. By adopting a refined vocabulary, you give off the impression that you are someone who is well-spoken and educated. And let’s be honest, that’s a much better perception than the alternative, wouldn’t you agree? Here are some additional benefits of using the proper language in the workplace:
- Better relationships with employees
- Enhanced communication
- Improved conflict resolution
- More trust developed between teammates
- Establishment of trust and professionalism
All of these can be developed by simply using the right language. Such a simple concept that can have many positive and lasting results. And the best part? You don’t need to take any course or program to speak more elegantly! You can refine your language and, as a result, your workplace today by the simple expedient of making better use of the English language!
2. Set the Example
One of the best ways to break people’s trust and lose all credibility is to say one thing and do another. If you want to make integrity part of your workplace’s value system, then it starts with you. Do you act fairly and honestly? Are you always attempting to do the right things? And if you make mistakes, do you accept full responsibility for them? These are the simple acts that your team is—either consciously or unconsciously—paying attention to.
They are following your example; for this reason, it’s essential to set the right one. This means you must operate with the proper code of conduct in all your business interactions. When your team sees this in action, they will know you are the real deal—that you walk the talk.
This demonstration of congruence will encourage them to take similar actions in how they operate in the workplace as well.
3. Open Communication
This should be a baseline standard for businesses. Why? Because open and honest communication is essential for:
- More productivity
- Higher morale
- Minimizing issues
- Troubleshooting problems
- Dealing with customers/clients
- Keep day-to-day business operations running smoothly
- Creating rapport between associates, etc.
For these reasons—in addition to many others—it’s crucial to ensure open communication remains an integral part of your company culture. This gives breathing room for integrity to come in, flourish in your workplace, and positively influence your team. Here are a few simple ways you can, as a leader, encourage open communication in your employees:
- Check-in from time to time: To be clear, this is not micro-managing your team. That’s never a prudent idea. This is about providing recommendations and constructive criticism when you feel it’s needed.
- Explain why it matters: All too often, we ask others to perform certain tasks without providing a reason why—we just expect them to know. But the truth is that’s not very reasonable; chances are your team is not going to know why it matters. Therefore, it’s up to you to clarify the reasons for your request. So take some time to explain why open communication is important and how it benefits the company. Once they understand the reasoning behind the request, they’ll be much more likely to comply with it.
- Acknowledge compliance: Recognize those who adhere to the standard. This is important. Most people will do more for genuine praise and acknowledgement than they will for money alone. Everyone loves being acknowledged for their efforts. So when you see teammates upholding open communication as a standard workplace practice, recognize the effort, and they’ll be sure to repeat the behaviour in the future.
A healthy workplace environment can’t exist without the presence of integrity between colleagues, teammates, and managers. As a result, it’s crucial to ensure this quality is held in high regard. And the best way to do that? By implementing everything that has been laid out in this article. At Certified Flourishing Coach, we are an expert team of coaches, facilitators, and workplace specialists focused on helping you flourish in all areas of life.
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About the Author
Abe Brown, MBA, CMCT, CPHSA is the Coach’s Coach, and is an Entrepreneur, Professional Speaker, International Best-Selling Author, and High-Performance Leadership Coach. He is the founder of Certified Flourishing Coaching™, the Flourishing Life Coaching Program™, and Flourishing Workplace. Abe is also the author of the Certified Flourishing Coaching™ Programs.