Some time ago, I had a conversation with a friend wherein we discussed working with with honor. Now knowing this individual, I knew exactly what she meant and I told her that I think is a most awesome motto by which to live. It really does represent how I think and what I choose to do. And when I used this phrase to describe my own work ethic, I was not too sure that others understood.
“When all else fails and you have to deal with people who do not have the same ethics and/or morals that you have, just remember that when your work day has ended, you can be very proud of the effort that you gave and the work that you accomplished.“Barbara Jacoby
Living with honor is all-encompassing. On an individual basis, it means that you always work to the best of your ability to complete each task as perfectly as possible while meeting all deadlines. It implies that when you are on the job, you work the job and not spend time on personal business or wasting time in gossiping and keeping others from working because you want to chit chat. It demands that you be honest with regard to your reporting of your time, your expenses, your communications with others and not “borrowing” office supplies or other types of office services to which you are not entitled on a personal basis. And for many who may still be working from home, they may have taken the latitude to do whatever they wish, whenever they wish, knowing full well that no one will ever know.
On a group basis, working with honor requires that you work with all of your co-workers as a team. When someone is having a problem or working on a special project and they need help, you jump right in. When someone has a great idea, you get behind them and support them. If someone needs some great ideas, you get right in there and make your own contributions. And you don’t need to worry about whether someone steals your idea and makes it their own. What goes around, comes around. Not everyone is stupid and it doesn’t take long for people to know who does what. You need to remember that if someone steals your ideas, they steal other peoples’ ideas as well. And that type of bad behavior never goes on for long.
Hopefully if you are in a work situation where others do not work as you do, your personal behavior may serve as an example. If you are cooperative and treat other people and property with respect, others will notice. If they choose, they can make the necessary changes to work with honor in the same way that you do and if not, it doesn’t matter. What other people think and do is their choice and should never affect your own personal behavior.
When all else fails and you have to deal with people who do not have the same ethics and/or morals that you have, just remember that when your work day has ended, you can be very proud of the effort that you gave and the work that you accomplished. After all, you only need to answer to yourself and if you know that you gave your best efforts that day, that is all that matters.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.