In the workplace, it is important to know how professional values and ethics can impact career success. Professional values and ethics are the core to character development and are clear indications of how you will interact with bosses, coworkers, and clients.
- Recognize the professional values in your workplace. Professional values can different from personal values although they often interconnect. Some examples of professional values are integrity, honesty, and fairness. As an employee, you often see these as the core values of the organization. There are even employers who evaluate employees on performance reviews based on their demonstration of having said professional or core values.
- Understand the business ethics expected of employees. Ethics in the workplace also called business ethics are rules that are acceptable in different circles of human interaction. Most if not all employers expect their employees to have ethics, although it is not often explicitly stated.
- Identify the connection to career success. Employees lacking in professional values or ethics typically do not last long in the workplace. Either they burn the wrong manager or their coworkers find them impossible to work with since they constantly have to look over their shoulders. This employee wonders why they never get that promotion even when they are good at their job. To gain acceptance in your workplace, it is your responsibility to demonstrate ethical behavior and values at all times. Remember, unpopular employees rarely make it very far up the ladder. When you are hired, employers expect you to do your job, and to conduct yourself in a professional manner. By reflecting the proper values and ethics, you are communicating your professionalism and qualifications as an asset to the company.