Honesty is more than just telling the truth. It is a human characteristic, that sometimes can be overshadowed by the impulse to stretch the truth for our own benefit. It is part of human nature, so don’t feel discouraged when this happens.
Rather, take a moment to pause and think about your actions before doing it.
- In most workplaces, employers will ask you to submit timesheets at regular intervals for your wages to be calculated. This leaves it up to you to be honest about what time you started and finished working. Don’t stretch the truth for your benefit. Be honest.
- Don’t withhold necessary information that will make your employer or superior believe something to be true that blatantly is not. It might seem like a good idea at the time to simply not mention certain pieces of information, but it makes you untrustworthy.
- Taking things from work that don’t belong to you is something all of us are taught from a young age. In businesses, though, there are times where you might think it is okay to take something when really, it is stealing. For example, if you get hungry on the job and decide to take some of the food the company has purchased, that is considered theft.
- If you make a mistake on the job, take responsibility for that mistake. While it may be hard to admit because you fear the consequences, taking responsibility will likely not be as bad as you believe it is.
As the saying goes, honesty is always the best policy. It will leave you with a clear conscience and lead to a better trusting relationship between you, your co-workers, and your employer. Honesty is a respectable attribute, and your employers will especially appreciate it when you are honest with them.