Honesty and Integrity should play a part in your personal and career goals. It’s not the focus of many who are trying to get ahead these days, but for those with moral and religious backgrounds or beliefs, it’s something they think about regularly and hold in high regard.
This blog topic coincides with one of my previous posts “Compassion” that addresses the importance of incorporating moral standards into business practices. Honesty and integrity are not something you see in very many company mission statements or business plans, but they should be. If I were to run one of the most successful web companies in the world, I wouldn’t feel truly successful unless I had built that business and grown it on a foundation of honesty and integrity.
When I think about many of the Oklahoma based businesses that have been around for generations, I know that honesty and integrity are something they strive for. Most customers aren’t going to return or refer their friends and family to a business that doesn’t make those things a priority. Without repeat customers and client referrals, most businesses won’t survive. If you plan on starting your own business one day, hopefully you’ll incorporate these standards into your business practices.
An article “Examples of Integrity” by Sherrie Scott of Demand Media focuses on four main areas that both companies and employees can use to measure their levels of integrity in the workplace. They are:
- The Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated.
- Honesty: Be honest with your customers, co-workers, boss, contractors, etc.
- Confidentiality: Respect the private information of companies and customers
(in web design/development this includes making sure security measures are in place when sensitive information is handled on a website)
- Lead by Example: Set the example of how you want those around you to behave
If you plan on working for another web company, remember that honesty and integrity are something you should make a priority. You can have the best resume, portfolio and skill set and those things will probably get you the job you want, but if you lack honesty and integrity, you won’t keep that job for long..