A workplace is full of many different people from different walks of life. Each person has a unique personality, which allows the workplace to be filled with multiple perspectives and ideas. However, when a large group of people are working together, there has to be set boundaries and mutual respect. Ethics is what makes employees accountable for their actions in the workplace. It is described as moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conducting of an activity. Ethics play a huge role in how a team can work and grow together. Some important ethics I have found in the workplace are respect, integrity, and accountability. I believe these three qualities can create a stable work environment within a business.
Beginning with respect, having respect for all levels of management can, and will, establish a positive work culture within your organization. Everyone deserves to be treated equally, regardless of their title. With respect present in the workplace, there is an increase in teamwork and productivity. When employees are being respected, they are loyal, fulfilled, and motivated to perform at their best. When there is a lack of respect from one employee to another, the workplace can become an unprofessional environment, and pose a threat to the productivity of the company.
Nonetheless, I believe that integrity is the foundation on how co-workers build relationships, trust, and effective interpersonal relationships. With this, you can count on people to do the right thing when faced with difficult situations. People with integrity attract others to them because they are trustworthy and dependable. They are able to perform even when no one is watching or knows about their performance.
At the end of the day, people do make mistakes. When things happen, it is then essential to be able to acknowledge the mistakes and be held accountable for them. Even though there may be consequences, holding yourself and others accountable can help create a strong, stable environment. Accountability helps create a bond and trust within the company. Whether it is something that you did or did not do, it is always important to hold yourself liable for your actions. It can show a level of maturity and respect for not only yourself, but the organization.
Overall, the workplace should be a safe place; somewhere you can let your creative ideas run free. It should be a place that you aren’t afraid to speak up in, and a place you enjoy going to every day. Even so, the workplace should be a professional environment where employees can work together to create great things, while showing respect for one another no matter what their status. There should be a level of integrity, something that makes others work hard. But most importantly, everyone should be held accountable for their actions in the workplace. I strongly believe there is a place for ethics in the workplace. Without it, who knows the environment we would find ourselves in.