The workplace is full of things that are not fair. Long hours. Irritating coworkers. Stressful day. Difficult bosses. It's easy to give in and resort to whatever it takes to get though the week. After all, you're getting paid no matter what you do. Does what you do matter?
What you do with your time at work has everything to do with integrity. Are you completing work-related tasks on the computer? No? Then how can you say you are honestly making your paycheck? Integrity is a characteristic that is becoming harder to find and a valuable soft skill employers look for. It's so difficult to spot because employees are professionals, or professionals at hiding their lack of integrity.
How You're Not Showing Integrity
No, I don't mean talking to others on your scheduled breaks. Integrity is about using your time honestly. If your employer expects you to be greeting customers as they walk in the door and you're preoccupied talking about your weekend, you're not showing integrity (or adequate customer service!)
2. Browsing The Internet
Need to take a break from your data entry project? Take a walk around the office, don't log in to Facebook. Improper use of computers is incredibly common, and guess what? It's incredibly traceable. Just because your employer doesn't scold you every time you watch a YouTube video doesn't mean they don't know it's happening. Is this the reputation you want with management?
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3. Taking Personal Calls & Texting
Contrary to popular believe, you do not need to answer every call or every text you get when you get it. Abusing company time to confirm dinner plans, ask your sister a quick question (that could clearly wait until your break), or checking voicemails that will still be there later are perfect examples of a lack of integrity.
4. Not Following Policy
This is tricky because not all policies make sense. They're stupid and shouldn't apply to you for x, y, and z reasons. Sound familiar? Policies were created to protect the health and safety of employees, the reputation of the company, and the customer experience. You don't need to know the reason for everyone, but upholding policy shows great integrity and respect.
5. Being Lazy/Negative/Rude
Did you know you are hired by your employers to improve the workplace or customer experience? Slacking off isn't improving the workplace. In fact, it's probably giving someone else more work to do, and the domino effect commences. Complaining about every task or every customer that looks at you wrong damages team morale and makes work unbearable (Yes, you can cause this!). The same concept applies to ignoring coworkers or just being rude.
This is the most dramatic way that you are not showing integrity. The root of integrity is honesty. Lying about why something didn't get done, how a conversation actually happened with a customer, or why you aren't coming into work that day are blatant examples of a lack of integrity.
Integrity is a fading characteristic. The workforce terribly suffers from a case of entitlement where they don't believe they owe an employer anything. The workforce easily forgets that their employment is based on understandings and agreements about character, demeanor, and quality of work. Be aware of your flaws in integrity.