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Are You a Model Employee?

Carolyn Boyes - Thursday, March 13, 2014

Merriam-Webster defines integrity as “the quality of being honest and fair; the state of being complete or whole; firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values.” Do you consider yourself a person of integrity?? Being a person of integrity has much to do with being a model employee. Employers must be able to trust their employees to be people of integrity.


Many of us say we will do the right thing – but when faced with a situation that somehow benefits us, not all of us always do what we say we'll do. Mistakes are made all the time in the arena of payroll. Have you ever been overpaid by mistake and chosen not to bring it to the attention of your employer? Suddenly you categorize this as a situation where you must have deserved that extra pay anyway. My friend, I tell you, you just failed the integrity test. The employee who receives a payment for a benefit claim they are not entitled to, and return it to the insurance company, this is a sign of integrity.


Have you exaggerated on your resume? Or even outright lied to make yourself look better than you are? Do you waste time while you're on the job? Are you spending time on social network sites while at work and on work time? Do you record your work time accurately – or do you fudge those numbers a little because you feel “the company owes you”?


Honesty, always being truthful, treating everyone fairly – these are attributes that will get you called an employee of high integrity and on the way to being viewed as a model employee.





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