In today’s essay, I would like to visit the subject of integrity. I hope everyone has some form of integrity. What happens when our integrity is being challenged at work?
At some point in our career we have been placed in a situation where our integrity has been challenged.
When individuals who were focused on using “short cuts” to get their projects done, had requested us to do things that were not, should I say, “kosher”. How did you actually respond to them?
Did you stand your ground trying to make them understand it was not compliant? Did you just ignored their requests hoping they would forget about it? Did you just comply with their request at the risk of losing your job? What were their reactions when you refused to do it and was there any consequence for you?
I have known individuals who had very little integrity. They were ready to sacrifice other individuals to get what they wanted. Those same individuals were on the management team. This kind of behavior becomes the new norm across the organization. It was scary to hear them talking about the next big project knowing they had little understanding of how to run the project adequately. They always had to cut corners. They had lost focus on what was right or wrong.
Under those working conditions, how long did you stay in your job? How did you keep your integrity intact? It is difficult to work in such an unhealthy environment. But I found that if someone has challenged my integrity I would become the least popular person, because I always made sure I was within compliance.
I always found it interesting why people would be ready to break a company compliance, because they were not opening to hear how it should be done correctly. Instead they were ready to break every rule, just because doing the right thing was taking too long. It also would impede their agendas.
I am asking now, have you, at some point in your career, asked others to use shortcuts or have you used shortcuts to get your project done? How did that turn out for you?
I feel like playing with integrity is a little like Russian roulette, you never know when you pull the trigger if this is the last time or not. It could at some point become extremely detrimental for a company to have individuals that have lost their sense of integrity to be running projects.