The Importance of Honesty at Work

Shae Hong

Honesty is something that we all assume is a given. As children, we’re told that honesty is the best policy. It’s just the right thing to do, right? Once we enter the real world, though, we realize there are times when business decisions come into conflict with our personal values. t Before we know it, we’re running our lives in a way that is contrary to our values. 

Whether it’s personally or professionally, you have a duty to be honest—especially when it’s the hard thing to do. 

As a business leader, you probably have to make a lot of tough calls. In a rough environment where you’re worried about your team and your bottom line, honesty sometimes takes a back seat to profits. It shouldn’t.

5 Reasons Honesty Matters at Work

But when profits are what motivate us instead of transparency, we risk losing everything. Whether you lose the public’s trust or erode your employees’ confidence in your abilities, withholding information or “sugar-coating it” can significantly damage your earning potential. It might seem like nice guys finish last, but in reality, honesty has a place in the world of business. When you commit to focusing on honesty at work, you’ll start to see your business improve in five ways:

Honesty Begets Honesty

Leaders are responsible for creating the culture they want to see. That means you have to be honest if you want your employees to be honest. As leaders, we’re the ones who set the tone for our company culture; all change starts with us. 

And no, a “culture of honesty” isn’t lip service. It’s a real, tangible result of honest leadership that affects how employees behave at work. For example, your employees would stop seeing performance evaluations as a criticism of their work and instead see them as a coaching opportunity to get candid feedback for improvement. They might also stop feeling the need to tell white lies about how they use their PTO.

I’m a firm believer that honesty leads to more motivated, engaged employees who deliver more value. 

It Minimizes Regulatory Concerns

In 2016, industry regulators discovered Wells Fargo employees had been creating fake customer accounts. Obviously, employees were working in a dishonest environment and that had a real financial impact on Wells Fargo to the magnitude of $575 million . 

Honesty definitely means doing the right thing, but it also means you’re less likely to run afoul of regulatory issues. If you’re operating with integrity from the start, you don’t need to worry about skirting the rules. 

This also goes for libel and false advertising. Avoid losing public trust or ending up on the FTC’s naughty list by promoting your business in a way that stays true to its core values. Not only is it easier to remember what you said if you stay grounded and honest, but as we saw with Wells Fargo, it could save you millions of dollars.

Boost Customer Trust

To earn customers’ trust, you have to be trustworthy. Trust doesn’t happen overnight but when you dedicate yourself to running an honest business, you build trust with your customers. When you do the right thing, people want to work with you. Honesty is so hard to find in this world, especially from businesses and when you can pair quality products, processes, and ingredients with transparency, you begin to see a shift in how the public perceives your company.

Create Better Ideas

Lying is a painful habit. Sometimes you have to keep telling more lies to cover up earlier lies. It’s exhausting and stressful. If you’re presenting a facade to your leadership team, employees, or customers, you eventually start to feel it. The resulting stress will affect your quality of work, which may cause your business to be unable to innovate and stagnate, neither of which are good things.

Instead, a culture of honesty can get all of your ideas out into the open and foster a collaborative, comfortable work environment. When employees see they can share their ideas openly and without judgment, they’re motivated to tackle harder issues and more creative problem solvers.

Reduce Unproductive Conflict

Conflict can actually be helpful, but in a dishonest environment, you’re going to find a lot of toxic, unproductive conflict happening. Honesty gives employees an outlet to voice their discontent. You’re able to put everything out in the open without risk of retribution or punishment, instead of being forced to allow the issues to boil under the surface. Prevent negative attitudes, outbursts, and interpersonal conflicts by creating a culture of honesty from the start. You, your employees, and your business will thank you for it.

5 Tips to Create a Culture of Honesty

Businesses, their employees, and their customers stand to win from a culture of honesty. But how do you create something as abstract-sounding as a culture? Every business is different but here are five strategies I’ve used successfully in my own business:

Reserve Your Judgement

Humans are hardwired for judgment. While it certainly has its place, judgment kills honesty. If you want honest feedback from your employees, don’t denounce their ideas in a brainstorming session. If employees think you don’t like their ideas, they’ll stop sharing entirely and you’ll miss out on a lot of potential innovation. 

Don’t let yourself get mired in negativity. Honest leaders address the downsides or the challenges of an idea but they don’t judge. They also know that not every idea is a winner but that a golden idea can come from anyone at any time. Support your employees when they come to you with ideas, even if they don’t work out.

Create Feedback Systems

You want employees to be honest, but have you set up the right systems and processes for productive honesty? After all, the truth can hurt. 

First, coach your team on how to deliver feedback. It’s important that everyone on your team knows how to be transparent without being cruel and when people understand how to give honest feedback, they’re better suited to receive it. 

Second, be available to your team. Whether that means creating one-on-ones or instituting an open-door policy, make sure your team has access to each other and to management. 

Third, consider anonymous reporting systems. I’m not always a fan of anonymity but for employees who don’t feel empowered to attach their name to a piece of feedback, this can be important.   

Fourth, don’t be afraid to set up a process for employee coaching. While most people see these as “critical evaluations,” I look at them through the lens of an honest coaching conversation. It isn’t your job to make employees feel bad, it’s your job to help them improve in every way possible. Focus on what they do well and where they need to improve. Give them resources, ideas, and support so they know how to meet your expectations.

Act on Honest Feedback

Did your employee tell you that users will hate a new product feature? Or did they mention that your diversity initiative doesn’t go far enough for people of color? Whatever the issue, if an employee gives you honest feedback, it is important that you consider it. 

In an honest environment, people will only say what they feel if they know you’ll act on their feedback. As a leader, you have to put this information to work. That means, at a minimum, having a conversation about the employee’s concerns and soliciting solutions from them. 

Feedback builds a stronger team and a stronger business. Yes, it means there is some uncomfortable and hard work to be done but hard work translates into a stronger bottom line for the long haul. 

Empower Employees to Make Mistakes

It’s common for employees to lie at work, especially when they make a mistake. Most of these mistakes are honest oversights, though, and not intentional screw-ups. Even then, employees fear they’ll lose their job or get reprimanded by their boss, which may cause them to try to cover up their mistakes. 

With honest leadership, employees are empowered to make mistakes and learn from them. So instead of lashing out at your team for making an error, have an open conversation and try to see what went wrong. Don’t use this as a witch hunt but rather as a post-mortem to see what needs to be fixed. Look at mistakes as a process issue, not a people issue. 

Once employees realize it’s okay to fail, they’ll not only feel more satisfied at work, but they’ll feel supported enough to take bigger risks.

Deal with Dishonest Behavior

Unfortunately, you’re going to have some bad apples in the bunch. When honesty is a core value for your business, you need to hold everyone accountable to that value. That means having systems in place to deal with dishonest behavior. 

Define this in your employee handbook. What qualifies as dishonest behavior? At what point does dishonesty warrant action? Decide now so you won’t be caught off-guard when an errant employee crosses the line.

Honesty really is the best policy. It’s not easy and it might sting from time to time, but when you do it right, honesty will create a better work environment and position your brand to be more successful in the long-run. 

It all has to start with you. Model the culture you want to see. Hold yourself accountable to the same standard you hold employees to. Stay competitive, deliver a better product, and build an engaged team of skilled workers to take your business to the next level. Just do it with honesty and transparency at the forefront.

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Honesty at work: Why it’s important and what it looks like

Beth Braccio Hering

We’ve all heard the saying “Honesty is the best policy.” But, is this adage still worth clinging to in the modern work environment? Stories of unethical behavior seem to be around every corner. Might dishonesty, especially when it provides an advantage to the bottom line, really not be so terrible?

Smart leadership teams do not give credence to the childish reasoning “Everyone else is doing it, so why shouldn’t we?” They realize that what may at first appear harmless could cause quite a mess.

The importance of honesty

Organizations that fail to include honesty among their company values set themselves up for a variety of potential problems. On the flip side, honest environments set the stage for some great things to happen. Let’s take a look.

Toxic company culture vs. a healthy workplace culture

Dishonesty tends to breed more dishonesty. A lack of standards can contribute to a bad work ethic, stealing, lying, and other poor decision-making by employees. Teamwork can suffer, too. Acting as a cohesive unit becomes difficult without honest communication and trust. Also, when workers feel they are getting a snow job from management, they fill in “correct” information themselves. Rumors and gossip abound.

When honesty reigns, relationships thrive. Workers do not waste time second-guessing each other or worrying about what those in positions of power are hiding from them. The general well-being of the office improves as individuals respect their inner voice and act accordingly.

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Damaged public perception vs. positive image

There’s a reason why the Houston Astros continue to be booed when visiting other ballparks. Baseball fans remember the team’s 2017 cheating scandal. Scarred reputations prove hard to repair. A bad incident makes others question your trustworthiness going forward. People tend to include truthfulness and fairness among their core values. Disregard for these things hurts your brand and could cost customers.

Alternatively, knowing that an organization is “the real deal” attracts interest. People feel good about supporting trustworthy companies. They believe ads and claims. They speak well of you to others, driving more business your way.

Difficulty attracting and retaining employees vs. increased loyalty

Especially during periods of low unemployment, workers can be choosy. Dishonest employers are not particularly attractive. Job candidates may run in the other direction when they learn about a potential employer’s questionable practices through social media or their own LinkedIn network. Pressure on current employees to lie, keep quiet, or engage in something counter to their conscience contributes to burnout, absenteeism , and quitting. Besides the internal conflict, one’s own reputation suffers from guilt by association. Nobody wants that sort of blemish on a resume.

Being known for integrity in the workplace catches the eyes of prospective applicants. It makes them feel more positive toward your employee brand. It helps them believe that you will fulfill the experience promised during the recruitment process. Existing employees vouching for the company’s honest behavior strengthens the case. And feeling good about the employer being transparent and truthful contributes to better retention.

Legal repercussions vs. preventing problems

Knowingly releasing harmful new products. Fudging tax returns. Hiring illegal workers. Covering up instances of sexual harassment. These are just some examples of dishonest behavior that could land a company in hot water. Lawsuits, fines, and other penalties definitely are not something any organization wants.

Honesty goes a long way toward sticky situations never happening. Workers who feel comfortable speaking up when they notice a potential problem may stop it from ever occurring. Employees with the integrity to say “no” when asked to do things that compromise their standards help those around them find similar strength.

Promoting an atmosphere of honesty

Understanding the importance of honesty is step one. Step two is fostering it throughout your business. The following ideas can assist.

Make it part of your mission statement

Leave no doubt that honesty is a core value. Tout honesty from day one of onboarding, and repeat the message regularly.

Don’t mislead applicants

Watch what you tell or promise job candidates. Write an accurate job description that truly captures responsibilities. Present a clear, unembellished path to advancement. Highlight positive aspects of your company culture, but avoid stretching the truth. (The one office pizza party you had 18 months ago does not count as regularly getting together for food and socialization.) Actions during this particularly impressionable stage of employment can make or break how much employees trust you.

Encourage internalization

Help employees develop the mindset that their honest actions add to the organization’s overall success. Remind them of their role in maintaining confidentiality. Ask that they speak up when they notice potentially dishonest behavior. Discuss how honesty builds customer loyalty and enhances brand image.

Start at the top

Employees will mimic what they observe, so leaders must be good role models. If you lie to customers, so will they. If you falsify information on reports, why shouldn’t they? And if you steal all the credit for something well done, what sort of message does that send?

Show appreciation

Applaud genuine efforts and achievements. Employees will feel less of a need to embellish their performance to grab your attention when they already feel noticed. And pay people what they are worth. Fair compensation makes them less likely to “make up” their salary through dishonest means such as fudging numbers on expense reports, padding timesheets, or stealing office supplies.

Watch how you handle mistakes

Bosses who throw a fit or embarrass someone over an error set the stage for workers to cover up anything wrong. Calmly treating mistakes as learning experiences allows people to come forward and grow. Admit your own mistakes, too.

Create psychological safety

Do you say you want people to speak their minds but shut down dissenters? Increase innovation and problem-solving by valuing honest communication. Great things happen when workers know they will receive support for being their true selves. Seek honest thoughts, and question “yes men.”

Teach people how to give and receive honest feedback

Yes, telling Gladys that you like her new hairdo is a perfectly acceptable white lie to not hurt the 60-something receptionist’s feelings. But watch that fear of stepping on toes is not hindering your team’s performance. Talk with your staff about the value of honest feedback delivered in a professional, respectful manner. Likewise, discuss how everyone needs to be open to hearing truths because that is how we all improve and grow. Training in emotional intelligence can help team members become better at this give-and-take.

Punish wrongdoers

Clearly state in your employee handbook that dishonest behavior will not be tolerated. Call out unacceptable actions, and follow through with your stated disciplinary procedures. Letting things go tells guilty parties you do not really care about honesty. Incidents may increase. And to make matters worse, ignoring it makes truthful employees angry and less inclined to stay “good.”

Provide clear paths to report information

Make all people at the company partners in creating an honest environment. The employee handbook should state the proper channels for notifying human resources or another department about safety issues, witnessed theft, improper behavior, and the like. Knowing where to turn and that the information will be taken seriously promotes action. It also can help, too, to offer anonymous outlets for those hesitant to speak up.

Don’t tempt

Finally, while their own principles keep many individuals from acting dishonestly, there’s no reason not to take easy steps to discourage bad behavior. Do background checks before hiring. Provide new employees with non-disclosure agreements to sign. Limit access to confidential files to only those who truly need it. Eliminate low-hanging fruit!


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11 Honesty Examples in Work, School, and Life

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You’ve probably been there— gotten scammed by someone or done in by a selfish person only looking out for their own interest (to the point of lying to you). We’ve all been there. There’s nothing worse than realizing you’ve been deceived , you were conned, and people are dishonest. 

Experiencing dishonesty can provoke a real anger response, and suffering dishonesty by others can be downright humiliating. But is dishonesty simply a way of life in a dog-eat-dog kind of world? Are there still honesty examples out there?

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What Is Honesty and Why Is It So Important?

Honesty is when you act, speak, and think in a truthful way. So, to understand honesty, you have to understand the concept of truth . Lies are so easy to swallow sometimes, and the truth may seem to cost you, especially when you have to admit you’ve been wrong or that you are to blame. 

In daily life, truth is a guiding principle when you have been raised and instilled with integrity. In the Biblical sense, the truth will set you free . When you are truthful, you will say things exactly as they happened, even if that costs you.

When you have honesty, you will act in a way that is in line with your concept of truth , even if it is difficult or places you at a disadvantage. 

I can think of one instance where acting with honesty seemed to cost me, but it also saved me in the end. I had been driving a little faster than I should, and I got pulled over. Instead of making up an excuse, I owned up to having driven too fast, told the officer that I didn’t mean to, but I accepted that I deserved a ticket. 

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While the officer began writing the speeding ticket, another motorist was stopped for driving well over the legal speed limit. This driver proceeded to tell the officers that he had not been speeding, that there were no speed limit signs, that their equipment was faulty, and that if it wasn’t that… his rental car had a faulty speedometer. 

The officer smiled, gave me my ticket, then turned to discuss matters with the argumentative and lying driver. When I looked at my ticket, it said: “ Thank you for your honesty —have a nice drive.” There was no fine indicated. 

Honesty and Your Moral Compass

My honesty had saved me. Have you ever experienced an instance where your honesty saved you? Being honest allows you to act without shame and keeps you on the right path in life . 

Your concept of what’s honest will depend greatly on your moral compass . If you were raised by criminals, chances are you will not have this guiding principle. Luckily, most of us are raised by normal parents, and with some luck, they have raised us with a concept of what’s right and wrong.  

Even if your parents weren’t ideal authority figures, we are all taught at school to respect authority and behave appropriately . We are honest, because if we’re not, there are consequences in our society.

Honesty Examples Explained

By looking at examples of honesty in action , we are encouraged, and we understand what it means to be honest in different situations. 

Here are a few examples of honesty in work, school, and life, so you can live without stress . 

Honesty Examples at Work

“People lie,” Dr Gregory House states repeatedly in the hit TV show House . Nowhere is this perhaps more apparent than at work. In a cut-throat environment, being dishonest can easily become a way of being and doing. Colleagues lie, clients deceive you, and bosses use half-truths to manipulate you. Where does honesty fit into all this? 

1. Keeping Your Secret 

In the world of work, we often hear secrets or have a colleague listen to you rant about your boss. Honesty comes into play when your colleague doesn’t reveal what you said to them with the aim of getting a promotion or currying favor. 

Instead of getting a leg up on you by sharing your secret with the boss, your colleague keeps mum and loses out on an opportunity because to get that promotion would mean betraying you. 

2. Authority Figures Owning Flaws

A clear example of honesty is when an authority figure at work owns up to failing or not being correct. Rather than lie and protect their reputation, your boss may own up to having issued a poor decision. 

A boss who admits to having acted in their own interest may show honesty by rectifying the situation. Eating their words, the person who acted selfishly may admit to it and take the necessary steps to rectify the situation, even though it may damage their reputation. 

3. Returning Extra Office Supplies

It may sound like such a silly matter, but real honesty is about never taking what isn’t yours. It doesn’t have to be your neighbor’s car or house; even taking something as insignificant as a few sheets of paper or a box of office pens can become an act of dishonesty. 

Years ago, my colleague resigned from teaching. She was in charge of the section’s stationery. This had placed her in a prime position to take as much stationery and supplies as she wanted. She also had three young kids of her own, so it would have been quite “understandable” if she had snuck out a few pens, reams of paper, or schoolbooks for her own kids. 

Yet, when she left, she handed over a complete stock list, including all the current items she had issued herself (including the same pens, stickers, and other stationery items as every other teacher). Despite having more fancy items in stock for the department heads, she only ever allowed herself to use the same stationery as other teachers. 

Her honesty was so memorable that people spoke of it, and she was offered a much better position at a private company as their head of stores. Being so honest as to not even take a paperclip, she was rewarded by a much better opportunity and career. 

4. Honesty Reaps Rewards

For those who have a low level of schooling, manual labor is often the only means of earning a living. One particular worker at a fruit farm proved that honesty could make a lifelong difference. He had been working at the local farm for two years, and he had shown himself to be a trustworthy worker to the farm owner. 

When the manager accused the worker of stealing, the farm owner decided to investigate and not simply take the manager at his word. Surprisingly, the owner found that it was the manager who had been stealing by selling gasoline on the side, and then charging it to the worker’s truck. 

As a result of having shown himself to be honest, the farm worker could stand on his character when he was falsely accused. The farm manager was fired, and the owner decided to take a risk by promoting the unschooled laborer to the position of manager. 

Honesty proved the worker’s character , and it ended up being more valuable than the best education. 

Honesty Examples in School 

School can be challenging to your concept of what is morally right. Favoritism, bullying, and status differences can all contribute to challenging your honesty . Stick it out for what’s right, and honesty will be the result. 

5. Choosing to Follow Rules

When you are young, you may have an urge to rebel against authority and not want to be told what to do. However, an honest person will do what is required of them according to the rules placed over them. 

In school, you may find that those around you are breaking rules just because they want to. While an honest person may also not always like what the rules are, they will still accept these rules as having a purpose. 

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As a young child, I was taught that rules had to be obeyed . This belief shaped my moral compass, and even today, I don’t like breaking rules. I believe rules serve a purpose, and therefore, I choose to follow them. 

My honesty has saved me on more than one occasion from trouble. I think of the time I chose not to follow a school rule, and I ended up in detention for it. If I had followed my belief in honesty and not bunked class, I wouldn’t have been punished. 

6. Not Cheating in a Test or Task

Tests are scary, and you may also have found yourself hoping for a miracle to either give you all the answers or even try to wiggle out of a test. Using exam notes hidden on your body during the exams is a great big NO. 

I recall the incident years back when the class was writing a test, but one group of students kept asking to use the bathroom. While the teacher couldn’t prove anything out of sorts was going on, the students were cheating on the test. 

Finally, a student returned from the bathroom with a notebook filled with the question numbers and answers. The students had been creating their own memorandum of answers in the notebook. 

The act of honesty was committed by the single student who brought the cheating notebook to the teacher, thereby exposing the corrupt learners. Despite the student who brought the book to the teacher doing the right thing, the other students had cheated. 

Therefore, it takes personal strength to stand against your friends when they don’t want to do what’s right. Choosing not to cheat is a personal decision, and only you can make it. 

7.  Not Telling on Others

School is one of the places in life where we learn who we are. Often, people try to impress others by gossiping, and if you can learn in school not to fall into this trap, you will develop an honest character. 

I recall quite fondly the day a “friend” was busy gossiping about me at school. You may wonder why it was a fond recollection when being gossiped about is so painful. This particular gossip session backfired badly on the girl in question.

While she was busy talking about me (a few minor details with oodles of embellishment), one of the new girls suddenly asked her to keep quiet. 

The new girl quietly told her that it’s not right to talk about someone behind their back (even though I was sitting nearby), and that it showed the person doing the gossiping to be unsafe to those around them. “If they can talk with you, they can talk of you,” she said.

The girl then came over and we had lunch together. I made a new friend that day, and we’re still friends today. The gossip girl learned a valuable lesson in honesty that day . Being honest means not lying about others. 

8. Perseverance Instead of Taking the Easy Way Out

Tony had been at school with my brother. My brother was an average student , but he always did his homework diligently . Tony had never been very interested in work, but he was quite smart, and he usually managed to ace his tests, even though he never did homework. 

When the end of year assessments rolled around, my brother opened his school bag and noticed his essay that he had so neatly typed out was missing. Glancing over, he saw that Tony had handed in a neatly typed essay with the same unique font he had used. 

Tony had taken his essay!

However, my brother wasn’t a stirrer, and he quietly went to the teacher and pleaded to hand in the essay later that day as he didn’t have his there. Having never missed a deadline before, the teacher gave him time until that afternoon to complete the essay and hand it in. 

My brother decided to rewrite the essay about the exact scenario that had happened. His dishonest friend who handed in work that wasn’t his. The essay was written by hand , had several spelling errors that were hastily corrected and even a juice stain from the cafeteria. 

The following day, when the essays were returned, my brother scored his first A+, while Tony failed his assignment. Perseverance and honesty had given my brother a chance to succeed. 

Honesty Examples in Life

We should all live an honest life , right? The problem is that most of us struggle to keep sight of what honesty means, especially when life gets difficult. A quick white lie may seem like an easy way to get out of a sticky situation, but it could also lead to more problems. Most often, simply sticking to the truth and making honesty your way of life is the best and straightest way through life’s challenges.

9. Using Your Voice

I learned that being honest can make you friends , but it can also cost you “friends.” People don’t like it when you tell them straight. We’re taught not to say anything unless we say something nice. Being honest means speaking up when it’s right, not only when it’s nice, even if this leads to confrontation . 

When I started out my career in teaching, I was somewhat shy and felt quite out of my depth . My boss was a strict man who often acted quite dictatorial in his meetings. People were too scared to speak up and tell him when he was stepping out of line or if he asked for things they couldn’t do. 

During one particular meeting, he demanded that the staff perform duties that were really quite impossible. Everyone sat in a disgruntled silence . While we knew better than to say anything during his meeting, none of us felt that what was being asked was fair. 

I spoke up for the first time during that meeting. Remaining polite and professional, I told him that I believed it was an unfair request, and I also offered him my support for an alternative idea.

There was a shocked silence, he huffed for a second, then realizing that I had actually made a better suggestion than his initial plan, he asked the staff if they believed this second idea had merit. Heads nodded. 

By speaking up, telling the truth , and remaining honest about who I am, I managed to convince a difficult boss to give my idea some thought. Being honest isn’t the same as being rude. 

I have used this same approach in most aspects of life since then, and being honest, speaking up when things aren’t right, and acting in line with my belief in the truth have repeatedly helped me steer clear of serious issues. 

10. Honest Mistakes 

We all make mistakes . Sometimes, we make the most mistakes in our love lives. I had a relationship where I realized about three months into a head-over-heels romance that my partner had only partially separated from his wife. He was still seeing her and me at the same time. 

While I hadn’t been the cause of their marital issues, I was now part of it . Being an honest person, I didn’t feel right about it. It felt like I had walked into someone else’s shoes. It just didn’t fit. 

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The romance was great, but I realized I had fallen in love too hastily. What I had believed to be a real relationship was, in fact, an infatuation that had all the potential to destroy me. Being honest with myself, I realized I had to leave. 

I explained to my partner that I didn’t feel the relationship had started on the right footing and that it was better to wait until his matters with his wife were sorted out. He agreed, but he didn’t return my calls for a few days.

I later found out that he had already had several one-nighters, and within a few days of our breakup, he was on his third rebound relationship. 

Though I had made an honest mistake , it was my honesty that got me out of a potentially terrible relationship. Clearly, the man I thought I loved wasn’t faithful and would have cheated on me eventually. 

11. Meeting Myself

Do you really know who you are ? Can you own up to the person you are and accept that person wholly? This is what meeting yourself is all about. Some call it shadow work , where you really dive into the aspects of yourself you don’t know about or try to ignore. Honesty is how you face your coping mechanisms and see which actually help you out. 

Recently, I attended a retreat with a meditation master, and we worked on how I saw myself and discovering my inner truth. This is where honesty can make all the difference . Honesty isn’t just something you think, learn, or do. It’s how you are . 

Honesty is what got me through years of therapy after an abusive relationship and my own childhood trauma. If you can’t be honest with yourself, how can you expect to live with honesty? 

Final Thoughts on Honesty Examples

Honesty is an integral part of your life. You should live with honesty in your work, school, and social life. When you have honesty, you live according to your truth , and you don’t hide behind pleasantries or half-truths just to try and make life easier. 

We should teach our children about honesty and how to apply it in their lives too. Can you imagine what the world would be like when all people live with honesty as their guide? If you want to learn more about honesty and how to trust others , consider this great read on affirmations to develop trust . 

Finally, if you want a simple way to reduce your stress and anxiety, then try writing these 35 mindfulness journaling prompts to live more in the present moment .

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What's integrity in the workplace and why is it important? (+examples)

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Having integrity means that you are honest, ethical, and follow defined moral principles. And integrity at work is about even more than honesty and respect. If an organization has a true culture of integrity, that means employees take their commitments seriously, are proactive when they don’t understand their responsibilities, and ultimately, are accountable for their results. As a result, the business thrives.

We all want to make other people happy and succeed professionally. However, that can lead employees to overpromise on what they’re capable of, resulting in burnout and lack of engagement. Whether it’s constantly missing deadlines or losing interest in work altogether, a lack of integrity will harm both the company and the individuals who make it up. 

Integrity isn’t easy, but it’s incredibly important for real, lasting growth. From fostering an open and positive work environment to promoting strong and resilient teams , integrity in the workplace benefits employers and employees. 

Let’s review what integrity means, why having integrity at work matters, and how to foster it at your workplace.

Integrity means being honest and having strong moral principles. A person with integrity behaves ethically and does the right thing, even behind closed doors. 

For instance, informing a cashier that they gave you too much change or going back to the store to pay for something you forgot to pay for are two examples of showing integrity in everyday circumstances.

7 traits associated with integrity 

Integrity may seem like a vague concept. If you want to encourage integrity at your workplace and live it out for yourself, you might need a more concrete definition. One of the best ways to understand this concept is to look at the traits associated with integrity.

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Here are the 7 most common traits that a person with integrity shows: 

  • Expressing gratitude for others
  • Valuing honesty and openness 
  • Taking responsibility and accountability for your actions, good and bad
  • Respecting yourself and others around you no matter where you are

Helping those in need without sacrificing your own health

  • Demonstrating reliability and trustworthiness  
  • Showing patience and flexibility, even when unexpected obstacles show up

1. Expresses gratitude for others

People with integrity recognize that their friends, coworkers, and community make their lives better. They show gratitude by always remembering to say a simple “thank you” when someone helps them out. They might also take the time to write a thoughtful note to a coworker who helped them complete an important project. Or, they may go the extra mile to give their friend a gift when they’ve supported them through a difficult time. 

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2. Communicates honestly and openly 

A person with integrity doesn’t run away from difficult conversations or situations. If they have a conflict with another person, they’re open about it — they don’t hide their feelings only to become resentful later on. They are also honest about their time, abilities, and preferences. No matter the situation, integrity ultimately means your moral principles are more important than your personal comfort — and honesty can be uncomfortable sometimes.

3. Takes responsibility for your actions, good and bad

If you have integrity, it means you’re accountable for your actions — even when you miss the mark. It’s easy to take ownership when you do something well. However, integrity really comes into play when you face failure. If you want to live with integrity and grow personally, you must learn to admit when you make a mistake and then choose to learn from it. 

4. Respects yourself and those around you, no matter where you are

You might not think of boundaries when you think of integrity. However, living in integrity means living at peace with yourself and your values — and relationship boundaries , whether it’s with your coworkers or your family, help you do that. For example, if your friend wants to call you during work, but you need to finish a project, you need to set a boundary and call them later. 

Integrity also means respecting others’ boundaries. Let’s say your coworker doesn’t want to talk about their dating life. So as a person with integrity, you don’t ask them certain questions. You also need to respect their time, personal values, and their identity — for example, using correct gender pronouns .

5. Helps those in need without sacrificing your own health 

This trait goes hand in hand with respecting yourself and others. People with integrity naturally want to help others — but what separates them from most people is their ability to know their own limits. A person with integrity will help others with their time, abilities, and even finances. But they’ll always also prioritize self-care , fueling themselves so that they can stay resilient for years to come. 

6. Demonstrates reliability and trustworthiness 

Knowing how to build trust is important in all of life, especially when it comes to integrity at work. If you’re a member of a team or organization, people count on you to do what you say you will. If you don’t, there will be consequences for not just you, but everyone around you. Being a reliable and trustworthy person is crucial to living with integrity. 

7. Shows patience and flexibility, even when unexpected obstacles show up

People with integrity overcome life’s obstacles with resilience. For example, let’s say they lost their job . They may feel hopeless or frustrated at first. However, a person with integrity would eventually see that this challenge is just another opportunity for growth. With a bit of patience and flexible expectations, they can take positive action.

What is integrity at work?

Now that you have a clear idea of what integrity is in general, let’s go a little deeper by answering the question, “what is integrity at work?”

Integrity at work supports a company and a leader's set of moral and ethical standards . This will result in both happier employers and employees.

What is integrity in the workplace? 

Workplace integrity can be exemplified by many traits, including honesty, loyalty, respect, and responsibility, and it is vital to decision-making , serving customers, and managing employees. It’s also crucial to reducing costly errors, avoiding illegal activity, and keeping the organization’s core values top of mind.

For instance, reviewing policies and procedures before starting a complex task or being honest about forgetting to do an important task are two examples of showing integrity at work.

Integrity at work is also about committing with integrity. For example, if a team leader shares a new project, employees with integrity need to be honest about their time and abilities before agreeing to take on more work. They also need to make sure they have an understanding of what’s needed and the scope of the project. 

If there’s a lack of integrity on the team, members will halfheartedly accept new assignments, even if they are not able to accomplish them on time. They might also walk out of the meeting still wondering what their role in the project actually is.

At its core, integrity at work is about taking the initiative, negotiating your time honestly, and staying aligned with your personal and work values . That also means delivering on your commitments when you make them, and saying no when you can’t take on anything new. Finally, it’s about knowing how to communicate — so if you do get out of integrity, you can admit your mistakes honestly and share how you will fix the situation.

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  • Are reliable and dependable (i.e., you show up to work on time)
  • Are trustworthy, especially with classified information and high-risk tasks
  • Practice and encourage open communication with your colleagues and managers
  • Are respectful, honest, and patient with your colleagues, managers, and customers
  • Have a strong work ethic and strive to produce high-quality work consistently 
  • Are responsible for your actions, especially when you make a mistake
  • Make sound decisions, even under high-stress situations 
  • Are equipped to provide high-quality service to your customers

Here are three real-life examples of integrity at work:

  • A teacher addressing childhood conflict head-on by being honest with their superiors.
  • A banker and loan officer owning up to their mistakes when a processing step is missed.
  • A digital marketer doing the right thing by stepping into a leadership role during their manager's absence.

Example 1: being honest when faced with a difficult challenge 

Kate, a kindergarten teacher, has been struggling to help two of her students get along. The two students often push and hit each other, call each other names, and sometimes even get the rest of the class involved. 

Because of this conflict, the two students can’t concentrate on assignments and are struggling to turn in work on time. Sometimes the conflict also prevents the rest of the class from staying focused on their work. 

After trying to solve the problem on her own, Kate reaches out to the school principal. The principal values her honesty. After discussing the problem with the two students, they ask the school counselor to mediate the situation.

Afterward, they give the students the chance to rejoin the class, with the expectation to show improved behavior.

Thanks to Kate’s honesty about facing a difficult challenge:

  • The two students were able to resolve the conflict without switching classes. 
  • Kate’s class regained focus and began turning in assignments on time.
  • Kate earned more trust from her principal.

Example 2: owning up to mistakes

Jared, a banker and loan officer, has just accepted a new position as a home equity loan officer at a nearby bank. During his first month of employment, he mentors under another loan officer and takes notes to understand his responsibilities.

During the second month of employment, he meets with his manager and his mentor about managing a new loan application. 

Under the impression that they would be working on this loan as a team, Jared collects the customer’s loan application, stores it in the online directory for his manager and mentor to finish, and then moves on to other tasks.

Two weeks later, he comes across the same loan application and realizes no one ever sent the application to the underwriter for approval. It turns out it wasn’t meant to be a team effort — Jared was responsible for the loan application all along.

Embarrassed by his mistake, Jared turns to his manager to explain the situation. Although his manager isn’t happy that the loan application was never processed, he appreciates Jared's transparency. 

Thanks to Jared owning up to his mistake:

  • The manager was able to help Jared speed up the loan process. 
  • Jared understood that he was officially responsible for his customers’ loan applications on his own.
  • Jared’s manager valued his transparency and taking responsibility for his mistake. 

Example 3: doing the right thing, even when nobody's watching 

Mary, a digital marketer, is in the middle of a huge project with her team. They’re in charge of planning 90 days worth of digital content for a new client by Thursday morning. 

On Monday and Tuesday, Mary and the other team members work hard on the project. However, by Wednesday, morale is low, and her teammates start to move slower and slower. 

When the marketing manager announces she’ll be leaving for the rest of the day to attend a funeral, the team breathes a sigh of relief. Then, they stop working on the project altogether. 

While her teammates waste time, Mary continues with her work, even though her manager is gone. 

Not wanting to disturb her manager during a funeral, Mary politely tries to encourage her team to get back to work. While most of the team members don’t listen, a few of them decide to pitch in to help her finish the project. 

By the end of Wednesday, Mary and a few teammates finished the project without help from the rest of the team. On Thursday, Mary met with her manager to explain what happened and turn in the final project. 

Thanks to Mary doing the right thing:

  • The project was turned in on time. 
  • Her manager set up accountability checkpoints for the team.
  • Her manager promoted her to team supervisor.

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The importance of integrity at work

But why does integrity at work truly matter? Workplace integrity should be a core value for any organization that wants to succeed, grow, and maintain ethical practices. When employees have integrity, companies and their teams can operate smoothly. 

Organizations with integrity can also keep high-value customers, reduce employee turnover , improve productivity, and make smart decisions. Plus, integrity leads employees to be honest about what they accomplish and proactive when they have questions. That means fewer missed deadlines and less employee burnout .


Here are six more benefits that come from a culture of integrity at work:

1. Promotes better leaders

Companies that hold their managers up to high ethical standards promote strong and ethical leaders. 

Leaders with integrity understand that their actions, words, and  decisions shape the company’s values, culture, and morale . They value their customers, become role models for their team, and act with good intentions rather than with selfish motives.

2. Helps foster an open and positive work environment

A strong organization values integrity as a way to foster an open and positive work environment . When employees know their company operates based on strong values, they feel comfortable sharing ideas, connecting with their team, and being themselves.

3. Promotes an ethical approach to decision-making

From protecting stakeholders to creating new products, upholding strong moral standards in the workplace helps team members make deliberate, thoughtful decisions.

4. Encourages diversity, equity, and inclusion

Companies that promote integrity value having a diverse team . They welcome a variety of perspectives, celebrate differences, and strive for equality in the workplace.

5. Promotes strong and resilient teams

Teams are strong and resilient when they have a set of standards as guidance. They also feel a sense of meaning and purpose at work . This contributes to their morale, productivity, and engagement. It can even push employees to reach peak performance .

6. Actively builds and maintains trust

Honesty and integrity are the main pillars of trust — an essential component for building credibility. As businesses strive to keep customers and employees, their credibility is the driving force that influences them to stay.


Clearly, a culture of integrity can help an organization reach its goals while creating a better workplace for its employees. If you want to help foster more integrity among your employees — and within yourself — here are five ways to get started:

1. Respect others’ opinions

One of the best ways to demonstrate integrity at work is by honoring your colleagues’ and employees’ opinions and ideas, even if you disagree. 

For instance, instead of turning down an idea, try to see things from their perspective first. Why do you think they chose that idea? Could you be wrong with your opinion? 

If you’re unclear about what they mean, kindly ask for clarification or ask specific questions to understand. For example, you could say, “Can you please explain how we could implement your idea step-by-step?” Or, “Can you clarify what you mean by ___?”

Or, you can use the tried-and-true ‘treat others how you want to be treated’ philosophy when responding.

2. Address conflict honestly and respectfully 

Workplace conflict can quickly turn into a sticky situation and may even lead to termination if not handled well. The best way to address conflict is to respond calmly, honestly, and respectfully. 

First, make sure you understand what the conflict is really about. Is a customer unhappy with a transaction? Do you disagree with your manager’s decision? Why? 

Once you’re clear on the root of the conflict, validate feelings, apologize if needed, and try to reach a solution. If you can’t find a solution, ask for support from a manager or HR if needed.

3. Be a role model 

Modeling integrity is a powerful way to be a change-maker at your organization. This means taking responsibility for your decisions and actions, especially when you make a mistake. Being honest and respectful, keeping your promises, and staying engaged with your work are crucial. 

As a role model, you’ll not only encourage other team members to follow suit, but you’ll also promote positive company culture. 

4. Be ready to work

Coming to work prepared and ready to tackle your responsibilities is essential to integrity at work. 

When you get to work, grab a notepad and plan your schedule for the day. What do you need to accomplish by the end of the day? Who do you need to speak with? 

Once you’re set on your goals for the day, make sure you have all the tools you need to complete your work. Then, start taking action and check off the items on your to-do list, one by one. 

5. Report unethical behavior 

It may seem uncomfortable to report your colleagues, employees or managers for unethical behavior. However, it’s a vital part of holding your company accountable to the moral standards they’ve set in place.

When reporting unethical behavior, be as specific as possible. Explain who offended company policies, how they offended them, and where and when you saw the action take place.


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Sincerity Or Honesty In Work On Company Essays Examples

Type of paper: Essay

Topic: Workplace , Honesty , Company , Integrity , Employee , Training , Customers , Employment

Published: 03/10/2020


Introduction Honesty refers to an aspect of moral character and signifies virtuous and positive traits such as sincerity, integrity, and truthfulness. Honesty means being loyal, trustworthy and fair. In this essay, we will discuss how honesty and sincerity in work on a company will help a person to be successful. We will also learn how to practice honesty and sincerity, and what is at stake, for practicing these traits.

Honesty is an excellent example of integrity in a company. Honesty promotes open communication among employers, employees and co-employees. This communication leads to effective connections in a company or an organization. When employees are honest about the different phases of their works that need improvement, employers can help and take action. Employers that are honest and open about company policies and modifications that affect the business are most likely to gain trust from employees. Honesty involves leadership values and integrity. This is valuable in the field of business where trustworthy behaviors set the foundation for successful business communication (Scott, n.d.).

Sincerity is one of the essential parts of good behavior in an organization. Practicing and holding on to the golden rules of sincerity will result to ultimate satisfaction with the company, and with the employee’s personal life as well. Working in a company needs to have the most important relationship. An employee’s work needs his complete care and sincerity. If an employee does not care about his work, it will give him a negative relationship. Not practicing sincerity in work can make success far to reach and can destroy an employee’s integrity.

Sincerity to a Company

An employee should devote his full attention to his work in the company to show his sincerity and concern for the business. Being completely involved in a company an employee works in is a requirement for him to perform the tasks assigned to him. An employee should dedicate himself to his responsibilities when he is in the workplace. An employee should maximize his time and do his job smoothly and firmly. This action will benefit not only the company, but also the employee because both will earn more from a job well-done. An employee should strictly observe the company’s work code of discipline and should not violate the company’s rules and regulations. If the employee violated a certain rule, he should responsibly accept the penalty or action for his violation, and not to commit this violation again. Going to work early or at least on time every day also involves sincerity in work. If an employee starts his work early or on time, he would be able to complete and provide a good quality of work to the company and to their customers.

Sincerity to Customers

An employee should be honest and truthful in dealing with customers to show them that he is sincere to assist them with their needs. An employee should avoid false promises and should always follow the golden rules of honesty to continue to have customers’ trust and loyalty. An employee should never deceive the customers. He should not try to deny any defect of their company’s product. Instead, let the customers know about the defect, and briefly present the ways they are doing to correct this defect. In this way, the customers will feel the sincerity coming from the employee and will most likely trust and recommend the company. An employee should never involve himself to any illegal actions just to hide any mistakes and to show a false performance to the company and to the customers. This may cause a negative reputation to both the employee and the company, and the integrity may be questioned.

Sincerity to Co-employees

An employee should treat his co-worker like a family member. He should be concerned about his co-workers feelings and offer help and assistance, especially if he sees that his co-worker needs it or is having difficulty in his job. Teamwork always results in a good and best quality work and performance. An employee should also be kind and open-minded in working with his co-employees. He should be open to their ideas and advices to improve his own performance. (Khan, 2014). Practicing honesty and sincerity at work and not false excuses and false promises will help an employee gain respect from co-workers and employers. Honesty will attract people around an employee to deal with him with sincerity and will definitely become honest to him in return. Honesty from an employee will also bring out the faith and trust in people at work. He would be able to work in an environment, which he is sure that there are no lies and false expectations (Siang, n.d.).

Sincerity and honesty at work are the major aspects in order to be successful in a career and in a business. Practicing the golden rules of sincerity and honesty at work will help employees do their jobs correctly and obtain a friendly and trustworthy environment. Being honest at work will help people gain trust from their co-workers, employers and customers. Being sincere at work will assist people in gaining respect from others and will also receive honesty and sincerity in return.

Khan, Q. A. (2014, August 10). Key To Successful Business: Be Sincere And Honest | Qamar Ali Khan | LinkedIn. Retrieved from Scott, S. (n.d.). Examples of Integrity in the Workplace | Retrieved from Siang, L. Y. (n.d.). Honesty At Work. Retrieved from


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Career Success A to Z: H is for Honesty

by Chrissy Scivicque | Jan 16, 2017 | A to Z Series

Career Success A to Z: H is for Honesty

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series  here .

My goal in this series is to talk about important concepts related to career fulfilment in a fun and unusual way. So today’s topic of “honesty” is a very important one indeed.

Now, the honesty of which I speak is multi-faceted. You have to be honest both in your actions and in your heart.

Honest action is about doing what’s right —even when no one is looking, even when it’s hard and even when it might seem trivial at the time.

Ethics and integrity are foundational components of career success. It’s about more than simply following the law and abiding by the rules. It’s about upholding a set of personal values and principles that demonstrate the best you have to offer as a person operating within a community (the workplace).

Without these things, you invariably will hit roadblocks professionally and personally. After all, when your colleagues can’t trust you, your ability to contribute meaningfully in the workplace all but evaporates.

When you’ve been in the professional world for a while, it can be easy to discount the importance of the little things. You may find yourself slowly devolving into “the grey area”—doing things that aren’t necessary wrong, but things that don’t truly reflect a strong, ethical core. Things like gossiping about others. Or accepting credit for something that wasn’t really yours to own .  Or grabbing some extra supplies to restock your home office.

These things may not feel like much in the moment, but they add up over time. They slowly degrade your reputation and before long, you may begin to blur the lines even further.

Your choices matter, even when they seem insignificant. You have to have confidence that your actions—should they be publicized for all to see—are a genuine reflection of you at your best.

More importantly, you have to be able to look at yourself and be proud of what you see. That’s what allows you to go to bed at night and sleep soundly.

And this brings me to the other side of honesty—the kind that exists solely inside you: Self-honesty.

For me, career success is all about fulfillment (or, as I call it, nourishment )—participating in work that is meaningful in all the ways that are important to you.

The only way to attain such a lofty goal is to be honest with yourself. You have to be willing to have those hard, inner conversations that force you to acknowledge what’s working and what’s not. Beyond that, you have to be willing to take action to make improvements.

Honesty is the cornerstone upon which everything is built. If you’re unwilling or unable to be honest with yourself—about what you’re doing to contribute to the situation—you’ll never achieve this pinnacle of professional life.

As a career coach , all too often I see people who are unhappy at work and are quick to lay the blame at the feet of outside forces. They’re victims of circumstance. They’re treated badly. They’re not given the opportunities they deserve.

It’s a challenge to stop this kind of mindset and turn inward. It’s uncomfortable. For some, it’s shameful. But honest self-assessment is the only way to overcome these seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

You have more power than you think and, indeed, you deserve better. But that can only happen when you first honestly take ownership of your part and do whatever needs to be done to resolve the problems.

Whether we’re talking about honesty with yourself or honesty with others, it all comes down to the same thing—doing what’s right , even when no one is looking, even when it’s hard and even when it might seem trivial at the time.

In the workplace, we do this because it leads to better relationships and a great ability to contribute to the group’s objectives. In our hearts, we do this because it leads to personal satisfaction. When we live in alignment with our values, both outwardly and inwardly, we can live at peace.

And that is the foundation of career success.

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Honesty implies being truthful. Honesty means to develop a practice of speaking truth throughout life. A person who practices Honesty in his/her life, possess strong moral character. An Honest person shows good behavior, always follows rules and regulations, maintain discipline, speak the truth, and is punctual. An honest person is trustworthy as he always tends to speak the truth.

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Honesty is the Best Policy

A major component for developing moral character is Honesty. Honesty helps in developing good attributes like kindness, discipline, truthfulness, moral integrity and more. Lying, cheating, lack of trust, steal, greed and other immoral attributes have no part in Honesty. Honest people are sincere, trustworthy and loyal, throughout their life. Honesty is valuable and it is the habit of utmost importance. There are famous quotes, said by a great personality like “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom”. It holds good due to its ability to build, shape and motivate integral values in one’s life.

Benefits of Honesty

Honesty is always admirable in the family, civil society, friends and across the globe. A person with honesty is respected by all. For one to build the character of Honesty entirely depends on his/her family values and ethics and his/her surrounding environment. Parents showing honest behavior and character in front of their children create an impact on the children and we say “Honesty lies in their genes”. Honesty can also be developed practically which requires proper guidance, encouragement, patience, and dedication.

An honest person is always known for his/her honesty just like a sun is known for its eternal light and unlimited energy. It is a quality which helps a person to succeed in life and get much respect. It gives identification to the moral character of a person. Dishonest people may easily get trust and respect from other people. However, they lose that forever whenever they get caught.

Being dishonest is a sin in all the religions, however, people practice it for their short time benefits and selfishness. They never become morally strong and their life becomes miserable. An honest person moves freely in society and spread his/her fragrance in all directions. Being honest is never mean to bear the bad habits of others or bear ill-treated activities. Everyone has rights to reveal and take action against what is going wrong with him.

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Honesty plays an important role in everyone’s life and it is a character which is visible with open eyes like an open book. Having considered as an Honest person, by society is one of the best compliment one can dream of in his/her entire life. It is the real character a person earns in life by being sincere and dedicated towards it. Lack of honesty in society is doom. It is due to the lack of proper interpersonal relationship between parents-children and students-teachers. Honesty is a practice which is built slowly and patiently, firstly at home and then school. Hence home and school are the best places for a child to develop Honesty since his/her growing times.

Home and school are the places where a child learns moral ethics. Thus, the education system should ensure to include some essential habits and practices to keep a child close to morality. Children must be instructed right from the beginning and their childhood to practice honesty. Youths of any country are the future of that country so they should give better opportunities to develop moral character so that they can lead their country in a better way.

For all human problems, Honesty is the ultimate solution. Corruption and various problems are everywhere in society. It is because of the decreasing number of honest people. In today’s fast and competitive world, we have forgotten about moral and integral ethics. It is very important and necessary for us to rethink and remodel, that we bring the honesty back in society so that everything goes in a natural manner.

Moral ethics of a person is known through Honesty. In a society, if all the people seriously practice getting honest, then society will become an ideal society and free of all the corruptions and evils. There will be huge changes in the day-to-day life of everyone. It can happen very easily if all the parents and teachers understand their responsibilities towards the nation and teach their children and students about moral ethics.

People should realize the value of honesty in order to manage social and economic balance. Honesty is an essential requirement in modern time. It is one of the best habits which encourages an individual and make capable enough to solve and handle any difficult situation in his/her life. Honesty acts as a catalyst in strengthening our will power to face and fight any odds in life.

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11 Best Honesty Examples in a List (At School & Work)

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Honesty is about telling the truth. It’s easy to be honest most of the time.

But sometimes it can be really hard. Usually, people tell small lies to preserve social relationships, protect others’ feelings. or their own self-image.

Nevertheless, being honest when it is tough shows our character. It shows people that you are someone who has integrity .

Below are some examples of honesty, both times when it’s hard and easy!

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1. Admitting when you were Wrong

Honest people are willing to say that they were wrong about something. But this isn’t just an issue of honesty. It’s also an issue of having the strength to change and grow as a person.

Too often, people will realize they were wrong but they’ll be too stubborn to admit it. They will defend the indefensible just so they don’t look bad.

An honest person will say “you know what, I changed my mind!” This may be a little embarrassing at first, but in the long-run, people will respect you and trust that you tell the truth no matter what.

2. Choosing not to Cheat

Cheating is dishonest while following the rules is honest. Sometimes we get the opportunity to cheat (and might even know we can get away with it!) But an honest person will follow the rules no matter what because they know it’s the right thing to do.

By following the rules, you’ll make sure you don’t put yourself in a situation where you have to tell a lie. You can always say “yes, I followed the rules”.

It also means that when you win in games, you can be happy with yourself knowing you won because you are a talented person and not because you cheated.

3. Saying when you’ve had your Fair Share

An honest person will choose not to take more than their fair share.

You often see children trying to sneak extra bites of cake or more treats than they were allowed to have. This is an example of dishonesty.

But you also see honest people making sure everyone get their fair share. They don’t need someone to tell them not to take more than they’re entitled to.

For example, if you are sharing a meal with someone, you would make sure that the person you’re sharing with gets their half. If you’ve had your half, you can stop rather than continuing to eat and tell the person you’re sharing with: “the rest is yours!”

4. Speaking up when Something Upsets You

Sometimes honesty means having the courage to speak when you don’t have to. Many people are so polite or shy that they won’t speak up when they really should.

A classic example of this is when someone is doing something that is upsetting. They might be saying something offensive without realizing it or they might keep using your things.

You can speak up and say “this is how I feel about this situation”. This is honest. But many people will stay quiet or even pretend that they aren’t upset. They do this with good intentions (to be polite) but this doesn’t resolve the problem. We have an idiom for this: “you’re being walked over”.

5. Saying an Unpopular Truth

Throughout history, brave people have been honest about sharing the truth even if it was harmful to them.

One example is Galileo. He was oppressed for sharing his research. The authorities didn’t like what he was saying because it undermined their power.

This doesn’t mean that you should make things up. Be sure that the things you are saying are true and you really believe them. But by speaking up about the truth, you’re choosing to be true to who you really are, and you might even change the world like Galileo.

6. Showing Disappointment and Emotions

People who hide their emotions, even when asked how they feel, are often being dishonest so they don’t appear weak. But the reality is that everyone feels sad at times, and we should be okay with that!

We’re often taught to hide our disappointment, and sometimes that’s the right thing to do. At the end of a game that you lose, most people think you should be humble and happy for the winner.

But sometimes it’s brave to show your emotions. For example, if you’re feeling sad about something, you might need to share this with people who can talk about it with you so you can start feeling better.

7. Returning Something that Belongs to Others

If you have something that doesn’t belong to you, the right thing is to return it. In childhood, most people stole something small. The honest thing would be to give it back to the person it rightly belongs to.

This is another example of an instance where it’s hard to be honest. In this situation, being honest will probably hurt your reputation in the short-term. You’re admitting that you did something that reflects poorly on your character.

But you also need to remember that being honest when it hurts you actually says something big about your character. It shows that you have integrity.

8. Sharing Constructive Feedback

When we give people feedback, we need to be careful to be honest. The best example of this is when people ask us what the meal they cooked was like.

Our feedback might highlight some negative elements. But if we aren’t honest, then the person’s cooking will never improve!

A good balance between being polite and honest is to give constructive feedback. This is feedback that is carefully chosen so you’re not being rude. You’re giving help. You can say “maybe next time add a little more salt” instead of just saying “it was disgusting”.

9. Doing the Right Thing (When you Didn’t Have To)

An honest person chooses to do the right thing even when people aren’t watching.

For example, if you are in the store and knock something off the shelf and it breaks, you might be able to just walk away and pretend you didn’t do it.

But a person who is honest might take it to the customer service desk and let them know that you broke it (or at least put it back on the shelf, if it wasn’t broken!). Unfortunately, too many people in this world won’t do the right thing if they aren’t held accountable by others.

10. Correcting a Mistake that Benefited You

The best example for this is when the cashier gives you too much money in change at the supermarket.

Some people will choose to walk away with the extra money because they got away with something!

But honest people go back and let the cashier know that they were given too much change. They do the right thing not because it benefits them, but because they know it is moral and honest to do so.

11. Not Misrepresenting yourself on Social Media

Today, many people choose to present a fake and unrealistic version of their identity online. We might do this to try to make us look better to other people.

Some of us might consider this dishonest. At the very least, it’s not sharing the whole truth!

Sharing an unrealistic version of yourself can have many negative consequences. It can make other feel bad thinking you’re amazing and comparing themselves to you. But, when people really get to know you and realize you’re not the perfect thing you’ve portrayed, they will think you’re a liar!

So, an honest person would make sure they’re not trying to misrepresent themselves as a “perfect” or idealized version of themselves on social media.

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There are countless examples of honesty, but I think the above 11 are some of the best and most common that demonstrate you have great personal qualities . They show how sometimes being honest can be really hard. It’s sometimes easier to lie.

In our culture, telling little ‘ white lies ’ is seen as not a bad thing. Sometimes it preserves social relationships and prevents people from getting hurt. But, in other times, people lie just for their own advantage. And this, I think, is the worst example of dishonesty .


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Thank you for putting these ideas into words and then putting them out there into the public forum. This is such a constructive way to deal with the integrity failure all around us these days. In our heart of hearts we all understand the importance of integrity but only a few are courageous enough to push through the difficulties encountered in our false society. This article encourages us to do just that.

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Sample Essay- "The Real Meaning of Honesty"


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I think it was my mother who taught me the meaning of honesty. Not because she actually was honest, but because she lied all the time. She felt that the easiest way out of any given situation was generally the best way out. And, for her, that generally meant telling a “little white lie.” As a young child I thought it was kind of cool. And, naturally, when I would come to her with a concern or question wondering what I should do, she generally advised me to lie.

“Mom, I told Theresa that I would go over to her house, but now I would rather go to Sue’s house to play.”

“Tell Theresa you’re sick,” she would advise. And generally I did. But I didn’t seem blessed with her lack of conscience. On many painful occasions Theresa would find out that I really went to Sue’s house without her. These occasions taught me that it is more painful to be caught in a lie than it is to tell the truth in the first place. I wondered how it was possible that my mother had never learned that lesson.

I started thinking of all the lies that I’d heard her tell. I remembered the time she told someone that her favorite restaurant had closed, because she didn’t want to see them there anymore. Or the time she told Dad that she loved the lawn-mower he gave her for her birthday. Or when she claimed that our phone lines had been down when she was trying to explain why she hadn’t been in touch with a friend of hers for weeks. And what bothered me even more were all the times she had incorporated me into her lies. Like the time she told my guidance counselor that I had to miss school for exploratory surgery, when she really needed me to babysit. And it even started to bother me when someone would call for her and she would ask me to tell them that she wasn’t there.

So, I started my own personal fight against her dishonesty. When I answered the phone and it was someone my mother didn’t want to talk to, I said, “Louise, mom is here, but she doesn’t want to talk to you.” The first time I did it, I think she grounded me, but I refused to apologize. I told her that I had decided that it was wrong to lie. And the next time it happened I did the same thing. Finally, she approached me and said, “I agree that lying is not the best thing to do, but we need to find a way to be honest without being rude.” She admitted that her methods weren’t right, and I admitted that mine were a bit too extreme.

Over the past few years, the two of us have worked together to be honest- and yet kind. Honesty should mean more than not lying. It should mean speaking the truth in kindness. Though I started by trying to teach my mom the importance of honesty, I ended up gaining a deeper understanding of the meaning of the term.

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How to Demonstrate Honesty and Integrity in the Workplace

Building Integrity in the Workplace | Ways to Boost Integrity in the Workplace | Integrity Behaviors in the Workplace

E mployers are always looking for ways to protect the reputation of their businesses.   So, they hire people who can demonstrate honesty and integrity in the workplace.   F or any ambitious employee, you must behave in a way that shows  your credibility, dependability and reliability.  Everything you do must demonstrate your openness, fairness, and self-respect because that is what integrity requires.

What does demonstrate honesty means?

Demonstrating honesty means being transparent and giving others permission to see the real you and form their own opinion. And being transparent means you are predictable and very obvious about your actions and intentions.   To demonstrate honesty requires you displaying a certain level of integrity.

What Is Integrity in The Workplace?

Integrity in the workplace means that there is a culture of understanding, honesty, trustworthiness, openness, fairness, and self-respect in the place of work . Not only that, integrity is the cornerstone of professional attitude and behavior in the workplace. 

It means people do not gossip or lie when they make mistakes . It is an ideal work environment where each employee feels happy to do a meaningful job without compromising the morals of others.   So how do someone shows honesty and  integrity at work?

Here are 10 examples of honesty and integrity at work:

1. Commit Yourself and Be Reliable

A good employee will place their focus on the tasks they need to complete and will demonstrate to their employer that they are reliable and have come to work to get the job done.  

All that you need to do is turning up to work on time, do your work, and do not engage in unnecessary conversation.  

So many employees make promises that they cannot keep, and it makes them seem far less trustworthy.   If you commit to working, you must stick to it.  

It shows others that you are someone they can trust .   What is more, it demonstrates to your manager that you are suitable for more responsibilities and perhaps a promotion.

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2. Think about What you Want to Say

Honest employees who show integrity and professionalism in the workplace do not talk aimlessly .   To show that you are a good employee who respects others, think about what you say before the words leave your lips.   Not doing so could cause you to say something potentially offensive, incorrect, or otherwise harmful.  

Ensuring that anything you say has a positive impact, including constructive criticism, will further help you to build lasting professional bonds with your colleagues.  

3. Always Acknowledge Your Mistakes

One of the most important traits of someone who acts with integrity is to admit when they make mistakes .   Doing something like this takes courage, honesty, and a fair amount of self-confidence .

You should also not blame others for your wrongdoings.   So, when you make a mistake, acknowledge it and show your willingness to fix it.  

4. Consider Other People Point of Views

It is no secret that from time to time, there will be disputes in a workplace environment — this is unavoidable, but how you deal with these situations will demonstrate how you can show integrity at work.  

Should you find yourself confronted with a disgruntled client or getting into a disagreement with a fellow employee, try to look at the situation from their point of view.  

While your opinion may not change, it does show others that you are willing to consider their take on things and put forward a balanced argument or solution.  

Read more:  How to Demonstrate Positive Attitude at Work

5. Set A Good Example

Quite often, there is a misconception that only those in higher positions at work need to set a good example, but this could not be further from the truth.  

Everyone in the workplace should be demonstrating a positive example to others — it gives all members of staff something to work towards and sets the standard for the business.  

Your words must match your actions.   If you are saying that everybody should do something, you must do it too.   It is not right to ask people to do things you cannot do yourself.

6. Acknowledge Your Coworkers Success

It is human nature to want to feel appreciated, and you are likely familiar with how it feels to receive praise from your superiors at work.  

One of the simplest ways to display integrity at work is to give your fellow employees a pat on the back when it is merited.   Working together and providing positive reinforcement will build better bonds and increase productivity.  

7. Put Aside Your Personal Feelings

There is a reason that your work life and personal are often separate — they are two different things, and often, there can be problems when the two combine.   However, this is not always the case.  

Suppose you must work with someone with who you have had difficulties outside of the workplace.    In that case, you can display a tremendous amount of integrity and work ethics by putting aside your personal feelings and focusing on the professional aspect of your relationship with the person.

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8. Don’t Compromise Your Morals

There is no denying that standing by your morals and remaining favorable at work is a difficult challenge.   But that is not to say that you cannot do it.   Always live by a higher personal code than the workplace asks you to do.  

Most workplaces have value statements but, a lot of times employees do not follow them so, they cut corners.  

You should also not be afraid to stand up for what is right.   In doing this, you are demonstrating not only integrity but also a belief in yourself.  

9. Don’t Gossip  

The workplace is one of the worst places for gossip and shaming other people.   However, an employee who demonstrates ethical and integrity behavior in the workplace does not engage in  gossiping .

Furthermore, if you are aware of any such negative behaviors, you must be ready and willing to address the issue, despite it being a potentially challenging conversation.

Related:  14 Character Traits of a Good Team Member at Work

10. Be Yourself

When presenting yourself at work, while you must remain professional, you should also be true to yourself and not alter your personality to fit the image of others. 

Showing your personality will give your employer and fellow employees a chance to get to know who you are. And that will give them confidence to work with you as a good team member .  

Integrity in the workplace means behaving in a respectful, honest, and professional manner.   Not only will this put you in a position of trust and reliability, but it will also help to build an overall happier and productive working environment.  

There are many ways in which you can show integrity in the workplace — this might include being open and honest in your communication , respecting other people, following the rules, and admitting your mistakes.  

All these things will make you a better employee and will increase your chances of being recognized as an important person in the workplace

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Essay on Honesty And Integrity

Students are often asked to write an essay on Honesty And Integrity in their schools and colleges. And if you’re also looking for the same, we have created 100-word, 250-word, and 500-word essays on the topic.

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100 Words Essay on Honesty And Integrity

What are honesty and integrity.

Honesty means telling the truth and not lying. Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. Both are very important for trust. Imagine a world where you can believe everyone and trust that they will do what is right. That’s a world with honesty and integrity.

Why Are They Important?

Being honest and having integrity helps us live peacefully with others. When we are truthful and make good choices, our friends and family can trust us. It makes our relationships stronger and happier.

Honesty and Integrity at School

In school, these values are key. If you always tell the truth and do your own work, teachers and classmates will respect you. It also means you really learn and grow.

Honesty and Integrity in the Future

When you grow up, honesty and integrity will help you at work. Bosses and co-workers will trust and rely on you. You will feel proud because you are known as someone who is truthful and does the right thing.

250 Words Essay on Honesty And Integrity

What is honesty.

Honesty means telling the truth and being fair. It’s when you speak what really happened instead of making up stories. Imagine you broke a vase at home. Being honest is admitting to your family that you did it, even if you might get in trouble.

What is Integrity?

Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching. It’s like having a little voice inside you that tells you to be good, whether it’s returning a lost wallet or standing up for someone being treated unfairly.

Why Honesty and Integrity Matter

Being honest and having integrity helps you make friends who trust you. Teachers and parents are happy when they know they can believe what you say. It’s important because it makes you feel good about yourself, and others will see you as reliable and kind.

In school, honesty means doing your own work and not cheating on tests. Integrity is when you find a lost item and give it back to the person it belongs to. Friends will want to play with you because they know you won’t cheat in games.

Honesty and integrity are like superpowers that make you a hero in real life. They help you have good relationships and feel proud of yourself. Remember, being honest and full of integrity makes the world a better place for everyone.

500 Words Essay on Honesty And Integrity

Honesty and integrity are important values that guide how we live and interact with others. Honesty means telling the truth and not lying, cheating, or stealing. Integrity is when you do the right thing, even when no one is watching. It means you stick to your moral principles and do not let others or difficult situations change what you believe is right.

The Importance of Being Honest

Being honest is important because it builds trust. When you tell the truth, people can believe what you say. This trust is the foundation of all relationships, whether with friends, family, or even people you just met. If you lie, people might find it hard to trust you again. For example, if you cheat on a test and get caught, your teacher and classmates might not trust you the next time, even if you are being honest.

Integrity in Daily Life

Integrity means doing the right thing at all times. For instance, if you find a wallet full of money, integrity is returning it to the owner rather than keeping it for yourself. It can be tough to have integrity, especially if you feel pressured to do the wrong thing. But choosing to do what is right strengthens your character and helps you feel good about yourself.

At school, honesty and integrity play a big role. When you do your own work and don’t copy from someone else, you are being honest. It’s also important to be honest with your friends and teachers. If you make a mistake, admitting it is better than lying. Integrity at school means following the rules, even if you could easily break them without getting caught.

The Benefits of Living with Honesty and Integrity

Living with honesty and integrity has many benefits. It makes you a person others can rely on. You will feel proud of yourself for making good choices, and others will respect you. Over time, these qualities can lead to success in life because people want to work with someone they can trust.

Challenges to Honesty and Integrity

Sometimes being honest and having integrity can be hard. You might be tempted to lie to avoid trouble or to gain something, like a better grade or more friends. But these short-term gains can lead to long-term problems. It’s better to face a small trouble honestly than to live with a lie.

Honesty and integrity are like a compass that guides you through life. They help you make good decisions, build strong relationships, and feel good about the choices you make. By choosing to be honest and to act with integrity, you are choosing to live a life that you can be proud of. Remember, it’s not always the easiest path, but it is the one that leads to trust, respect, and a clear conscience.

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