I’ve had the privilege of going into many different companies and speaking to employees at varied levels in the organization. Without fail, the one cohesive thread throughout the conversation is related to expectations for productivity and the bottom line.
Ethics Should Drive Your Company
You see, whatever organizational term you want to name it, performance, ROI, or an outcome, the pressing concern of performance is always there, especially in these difficult economic times. So, I have often wondered what occurs when you do not hit your numbers or when you fall short of your goals, in other words, how do you navigate the dangerous divide of ethics in a workplace setting?
A Company’s Bottom Line
Some may see the need to fudge the numbers, while others may just simply throw up their hands and resolutely understand they may lose their job for lack of performance. I would say it does not have to be an either/or proposition, but an opportunity to demonstrate your business ethic by always taking the high road. If your boss is so bent on outcomes that he or she will terminate you for not hitting your numbers, then do not sacrifice your personal ethics for a potentially negative result!
Be Authentic and Do the Right Thing
Authentic leaders will come along side you and work with you to ultimately reach your goals and impact the company’s bottom line…count on it. What type of ethical dilemmas have you been faced with during your work and personal life, and did you grow from it?