Generating integrity in the workplace can have significant effects on organizational values. Executive Operations Manager, Ivan Lasater discusses the impact of integrity in organizational values.
Organizational and Personal Impact
Some people would describe integrity as doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. What role does integrity have in organizational values and effective team management?
The values that develop over a period of time within an organization have a profound impact on the future of the organization. A company that doesn’t implement an emphasis on healthy organizational values often times loses sight of its purpose. A great foundation for healthy organizational values is integrity. Integrity as a foundation for values establishes the ethic of personal responsibility and team accountability. It contributes to the focus of the team and places importance on goals and ethics. Organizational integrity communicates reliability and credibility to clientele and customers. It establishes trust between management and personnel. Managers who leads by example and conducts themselves with integrity, pass that value on to employees. As a team leader, your integrity will define your role on the team and speak volumes about the leadership capabilities you possess.
Often times, productivity can be severely affected by employees and management who have conflicts in interpersonal values and internal values. How does generating integrity as an organizational value affect a broader spectrum of values, increase productivity and lighten the management and HR workload?
Employees that are personally responsible take initiative and generally require little of the management’s time and energy. Establishing healthy group values within an organization gives employees and management the opportunity to experience the efficiency of a system based on integrity, trust, and personal responsibility. Transparency helps employees feel comfortable with asking the necessary questions that will help them be an effective part of the team. Practicing these healthy group values will ultimately influence your values, both interpersonally and internally. Employees and management who establish healthy values generally experience less time off work, increased productivity, better health, and contribute less to company loss. HR reps spend less time and energy offering assistance and holding these employees accountable.
Integrity is an importance foundation on which to build healthy organizational values. As a manager, practicing integrity can define your role as a leader and establish trust among employees who work for you. As an employee, your productivity is what is valued most in the workplace and aligns you with upward mobility. Practicing integrity can translate itself on an interpersonal and internal level, potentially having a profound impact on your relationships in and out of the workplace.
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