Honesty is a fundamental in every business and in working relationships of staff, management and customers. Honesty creates trust and confidence within a business: if customers trust you, they will return, spending more money and buying more regularly. As this reflects on your character, your employer will come to trust and respect you more and in turn reward you for your honesty.
The feeling goes both ways. If you feel that your employer or colleagues are always honest, you value their word and respect their opinions. You feel comfortable to be around people you find to be honest, as you know they won’t talk negatively about you or disrespect you to others.
Honest employees cannot tolerate lying, fudging data, misrepresenting themselves or their employer, family or friends. Workplace politics between staff can create tension, cause termination and be the catalyst of team disrespect. It is important to always stay honest in the workplace to avoid being caught out and jeopardising your future.
Below are some tips and hints to apply honesty in your life:
- Stay True to Your Word
To establish a solid reputation with your employment, you must deliver on your promises. Keep your word without excuses and don’t change your mind at the last minute. This will follow with more shifts, valued respect with your work colleagues and future growth within the company.
- Time is of the Essence
Always be mindful of time. If you have an appointment or shift, it is imperative that you are punctual. If you are running late, call ahead to notify your workplace or manager. By being late or failing to show up when you said you would, you instantly tarnish your reputation and display a lack of respect for other people and their time. This can result in a lack of shifts as your employer may find you unreliable and untrustworthy.
- Stay Focused on You
It can be tempting to follow others and be distracted with invites, plans and appointments but it’s more important to stay true to your plans and follow things through. Personal issues, drama and stressful situations are a part of life but remember to not show this at your workplace. This means not being distracted, not being on your phone and distracting others with personal drama – you are there to work and get a job done. Stay focused on your task until your shift is over.
- Surround Yourself with Honest People
Spend your time with people who are honest and who you can trust. These people will support your decisions, encourage you to do better and be a reliable friend. In return, you must be that person for others by always showing respect and honesty to others and yourself. Remember that you are the company you keep and your friendship group will reflect what kind of person you are.
- Take Responsibility for Your Actions
Never be afraid to tell the truth and make each decision with the best intentions. If you offend someone, step out of line, or see yourself in a bad situation, be the first to put your hand up and take responsibility for your actions. Apologise wholeheartedly and show employers, friends and family that you really mean your words. Strive to always be the best and most honest version of yourself.