Workplace integrity is an important part of the corporate culture. The first responsibility of a business leader is to define the reality of its corporate culture within the workplace and business environment. Leadership who can define the reality facing its organization can create an effective plan for its growth and success. Making ethical decisions requires a thought process of clear ideas of one’s moral obligations and having the ability to analyze those decisions to determine how they stand up to the principles of its leadership within the organization.
Words from Warren Buffett come to mind that gives a great perspective when looking for new hires, which states “Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. If you hire somebody without integrity, you really want them to be dumb and lazy.” Well said Mr. Buffett! The perception of the integrity of organization depends on the pattern of actions of management, which are observed by the employees on a day to day basis. These patterns are consistent of management behaviors, personal values, beliefs, and actions that are thought to be acceptable within the organization’s guidelines, values, and principles.
Integrity management starts at the hiring stage. It increases the awareness of expectations of the organization’s leadership resulting in accountability and transparency within the company. It also shows that management desires to be responsible and sustainable within its business industry. A good way of promoting integrity management within the workplace is to add a section regarding corporate ethical standards of the employee policies and procedures manual. An employee’s integrity starts with honesty, high morals, and trustworthiness. A person’s integrity can be used as the glue to provide credible leadership while creating a blueprint for organizational policies that meets the ethical and legal standards of the company.