Integrity & Trust: The Defining Principles of Great Workplaces

Amena Shahid, Shahid. M. Azhar


Understanding the role of integrity and trust at an individual and organizational level are metrics to build the absolute standard of what a great workplace is. At its most basic level integrity, respect and trust is the assurance people have that one will certainly act in their best interest, never knowingly committing actions that might harm them. There is no particular activity that will build integrity; rather, you institute both over time by consistently exhibiting a number of behaviors and conduct. Integrity, as a measure of coherence and consistency, is key to establishing and sustaining trust. We trust those who are honest and consistent in their actions, who fully acknowledge valuable information, who are willing to deal with tough issues, and who are open about their ambitions and motives. At the corporate level it takes individuals of integrity to cultivate a consensus around mutual values. As this consensus builds, the corporation fosters a culture of Integrity. A culture of integrity creates a highly respected work environment; it impacts the quality of corporate administration; and it provides a foundation for worthy long-term financial performance. This paper focuses on the issues of the integrity of the individual and its importance at the corporate level in creating a culture of integrity and trust.

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