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The Virtue Of Being Honest In The Workplace

Baskar Sundaram
Baskar Sundaram

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Honesty is a fundamental aspect of a business because it establishes the tone for the sort of work culture that you want to build, provides consistency in workplace behavior, and creates loyalty and trust in customers and prospects.

Managing a business that takes pride in being moral and socially responsible is a challenge, and many businesses end up cutting a few corners in the name of profit. But, it is nearly impossible for a business to develop trust if honesty is not a guiding policy in how the company handles every phase of its work process. 

In the business world, there is sometimes a mindset that small lies are acceptable if they are well-intentioned or push you toward a goal. It is a mentality where ‘the ends justify the means’, and it is a common mentality that people have. However, lying in the workplace can generate a lot of negative effects.

Here are some ways that dishonesty can do to hurt you and your company:

It erodes the trust your employees have in you. 

For a leader to be efficient, employees must trust that the leaders are fit to lead. When you hide the truth or tell a lie, you show to your employees that the truth doesn’t matter to you. That increases the likelihood that they’ll lie to you and one another.

It can affect your ability to get clients and investors.

 Some people are good at sensing dishonesty. If you run into a business associate who is good at spotting dishonesty, they might take your lack of honesty as a sign that they should not do business with you.

Dishonesty triggers a stress response in the body.

 This stress response stops us from staying in the present. When stress hormones are released, they stimulate our “fight or flight” response. Necessary resources are taken away from functions that are considered to be non-essential. That includes the neocortex of the brain, which controls all high-level, logical thinking. Hence, we can say, dishonesty makes you less intelligent at that moment, and thus unable to make good decisions. And that can hurt you in almost every area of your business.

On the brighter side,

Here are some ways that honesty can help you and your company:

It Establishes Your Work Culture

Honesty is one of the most effective ways to establish a work culture that will propel your company to long-term success. Work culture is all about the values and beliefs that motivate everything your company does, from how it delivers its products to the way it treats customers. As a manager, the importance you place on honesty can create the kind of work culture in which your employees feel empowered.

It Creates Consistent Workplace Behavior

When you plan a culture built on honesty, you also help encourage better workplace behavior and activity that is constant regardless of outside influences. In other words, your employees will work with a consistent code of ethics regardless of the conditions.

It Builds Trust With Your Customers

Businesses spend years building loyalty and trust with their customers, and a key way of building that trust is honesty. When customers see that a business does things the honest way and cares about producing a quality product or service, they tend to reward that business.

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