Integrity in the Workplace
Integrity is defined as, “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles and uprightness.” Integrity is something I have been contemplating on quite a bit lately. At times, it may seem, that fewer people have integrity. I have walked onto business locations to meet new employees. And within a few weeks those new employees are fired or left due to integrity violations.
As a business owner, I will look at myself before I make a decision in firing someone. If it is an integrity issue, such as multiple excuses for being tardy or late, I will see if I set the example. But, because of my previous military background, I am usually early or right on time.
Besides consistent tardiness to report in to work, employees can lack integrity with how they use company time. Too many people are spending too much time on social media during work hours. If we are on company time we need to not be on social media, unless it’s allowed during breaks.
The Cost of Lacking Integrity in the US Workforce
One study shows that within the USA, calculating all the time employees spend on social media during work hours, it’s a loss of 15 billion dollars. The study shows that up to 8 hours a week at work is spent not working. But instead employees are on social media, playing mobile games, using apps on cell phones and shopping online. Unless our company allows this behavior, we are wasting money for the company we work for and lacking integrity
Proverbs 10:9 says, “People with integrity walk safely. But those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall.” We can learn a lot from wisdom literature. And applying the values to our lives and business dealings. It is amazing that people from thousands of years ago understood this principle!
We Must Be People of Integrity
We need to be people of integrity. Doing what we say we will do. And being productive within our roles at work. But we also need to surround ourselves with like-minded people.
Who we as leaders surround ourselves with determines the productivity of our company. People lacking integrity lower productivity. And if people lack integrity, I can’t surround myself with then nor make excuses for them.
Also, if I continue doing business with people lacking integrity, then I will lose business. Other companies will contract elsewhere because of those we surround ourselves with. And word will spread that we lack integrity. If this happens, we will find ourselves in the unemployment line quickly. But if we walk with integrity, we will walk safely and benefit with promotions.
This is the second article in the “Biblical Character in the Workplace,” series.
This article was written by Jared Laskey of Fireborn Ministries. Jared leads Destiny Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia and lives to see Jesus awaken this generation to the power of the Holy Spirit. He is also the co-author of Veronica’s Hero.