Professional ethics generally include personal, organisational and corporate standards of behaviour expected of employees at work. There are some professional ethics that go a long way because that’s one factor that helps a professional earn respect. Yet, we sometimes ignore some significant elements important for our growth.
Let us look at 5 most important professional ethics that are critical for your career.
Be responsible. Responsibility is not something that can be forced upon you. It is the mind-set that makes you one with the job assigned to you. To be responsible, you have to believe that your organisation’s success or failure is yours as well. Pledge your allegiance to a result irrespective of other factors before you take action.
Respect for colleagues
An organisation is an amalgamation of people with varied personality traits. Their way of working may or may not match your working style. But, why worry? Think about the fact that you will not always find like-minded people. Your opinions will clash. However an organization can only work if every employee at work is in sync with each other i.e. they forget their differences and work towards achieving that one goal. You have to have patience to understand others and be respectful.
Many professionals claim themselves to be responsible but complain of not achieving the desired success. The problem lies not in the ‘will’ but the ‘way’ you are executing it. You have to have strong self-discipline. In professional work atmosphere, you are expected to do many things at the same time, but the only way to beat the rut and frustration is to be focused and disciplined about your efforts. The moment you realise what’s setting you off track (distractions can be your phone, not sleeping on time or fatigue among a list of other factors) you will be ready to beat them hands down and work towards getting your act together.
To be ready to answer for the results of your choices, actions, and behaviour is what makes you accountable. When you do that, you stop blaming other factors and people. You stop making lame excuses. Instead, you are ready to face the problem and learn from it. Whether your effort delivers results or not, be accountable for it. This will help you rectify the mistakes and grow professionally.
Everyone messes up sometimes, but you need to be honest about it. There are situations where professionals try to hide their mistakes and that snowballs into a major issue. If you do this it may cost you your job so why do it at all. Avoid treading on that path; be open and honest about your work and we assure you that you will eventually see the difference.
Remember these values or professional ethics are not just for you to follow at the workplace. You can also implement them in your personal life as well to see success in your work and life, in general.
The author of the article is Head – Marketing and Team Building at Work Better Training. Work Better Training is one of India’s fastest growing Executive Education and Training firm. The views expressed here are personal.
*This article was first published on Timesjobs.com