For any given business to be profitable, more than the cutting-edge technology it owns, more than the high quality products it offers, it is the human assets, i.e., the employees and the people who run the business that determine its success. That's why, companies today focus so much on their employees, offering them the best work environment as they can. However, not all employees in a given organization are the same. They vary in their commitment and in their attitude towards work. And it's not that the management does not notice this. When promotions are announced, the employees who are professional, ethical, and dedicated, are always given preference. Anyone who is trying to make a mark in the corporate world should thus, be aware of the workplace ethics, of the values and behavior to exhibit, which will bring them in the good books of their seniors, co-workers, as well as juniors. In a layman's language, ethics in the workplace is a set of standards, rules, and values, that an employee possesses and exhibits in his place of work, which make him trustworthy, reliable, and dependable.
An employee is considered ethical if he is loyal towards the organization he works for. By not revealing business secrets to competitors, by not bad mouthing the organization in front of customers, other employees or public in general, by doing one's work with full commitment and by following the rules and procedures laid out in the office manual, an employee shows that he is loyal towards the organization.
An employee should be a good team player. For this, he should have excellent interpersonal skills, good listening as well as communication skills. An employee who cooperates with others, who refrains from creating any kind of negativity in the workplace, who helps his team achieve targets by giving and taking opinions and help, is considered to be ethical.
An employee should be friendly with all. He should respect his coworkers, seniors, as well as the staff who works under him. He should avoid any kind of fight, violence or conflict at work, as maintaining a peaceful working environment is of utmost importance.
Although this is a much valued ethic, yet, considering today's corporate scenario, it is not surprising to know that it is compromised many times. Honesty towards one's work is what most organizations expect from their employees. However, sometimes, businesses may themselves be involved in malpractices to achieve their goals.
Commitment to the organization, team goal, individual goal, ability to see the tasks through, staying on the job till it is finally done, being persistent in one's effort, and being patient till the results are achieved―all these are the hallmarks of an ethical professional.
A good employee displays a positive attitude, not only when things are going as planned, but also when he is in the midst of a stressful scenario. The ability to maintain one's calm even in highly stressful situations or when the work pressure is immense, and maintaining a positive attitude that everything can be worked out well, makes one employee more easy to work with than the others.
The way a person manages his time tells a lot about his character. An employee is considered ethical if he comes to the office on time, if he meets the deadlines of projects, and if he has a meeting with a client, he is there for it even before the client comes. By being punctual, a person shows that he values time and wants to make good use of it by working hard.
In all organizations, employees are assigned certain tasks. Each and every employee needs to do these tasks within the stipulated time. However, there might be a whole lot of difference in the quality of work. An ethical employee is the one who gives his best to his work and tries to do it in the most perfect manner. He does his work in such a way that, not only him, but his seniors too are proud of it.
An employee should be such that he is considered reliable and accountable by all his coworkers. If some work has not yielded the desired result, an ethical employee does not blame others for it, he takes equal responsibility for it, and tries his level best to make things right.
If an employee inculcates all these work ethics, he will indeed be considered a thorough professional by his organization, someone who is trustworthy, hardworking, and dependable. As ethics are something that are inbuilt, any person who wants to inculcate them, should take time out every now and then to reflect on his life.