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Honesty, Ethics & Integrity

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A person's character often determines how successful they are in any career. Having a strong work ethic, remaining honest and demanding self-integrity will be noticed on the job. Employers typically seek and promote workers that encompass these qualities.


Regardless of the job, honest behavior is crucial. Modifying a time card, allowing someone else to take the blame for your mistakes or exaggerating circumstances on the job are all forms of dishonesty. Once an employer catches a worker in a lie, that employee may be fired. If the employee is not fired, that seed of doubt will be planted in the employer's mind. This may cause an employer to question the worker's honesty from then on.


In general, ethics are directly linked to moral principles. Ethics is the ability to tell the difference between right and wrong. Although an individual may know something is wrong, a good work ethic keeps him taking that wrongful action. Work ethic is applying this principle on the job. When an employee exhibits a strong work ethic she becomes a vital asset to the company.


Integrity can be described as the strength of someone's honesty and ethical standing. A person with strong integrity is less likely to be influenced by those of a lesser moral value. Employers want to know that a worker will remain honest regardless of a co-worker's actions. Integrity reflects good moral character.


Mona Prestenbach is from south Louisiana and started writing professionally in 2010. With over two decades of extensive office experience she offers excellent communication and organizational skills. She is a state-licensed, nationally certified Massage Therapist with a Master of Science from Blue Cliff College.

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