Ethics Helpline

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Integrity in the workplace comes in many forms, but above all refers to having upstanding character traits and work ethics including sound judgment, dependability, honesty, and loyalty.

Having a high degree of integrity at work means that:

  • you are trustworthy and reliable
  • you practice and encourage open and honest communication
  • you are responsible for your actions

Maintaining integrity at work is crucial for employees at all levels, but especially as you continue to move up the ladder. Having integrity helps foster an open and positive work environment and an ethical approach to decision-making.

Not only is workplace integrity beneficial to your work, but it is also beneficial to the individual. By showing that you are an honest and dependable person, you will gain respect and trust from your peers and managers and members of the public.

How to demonstrate integrity in the workplace

  • Respect and follow company policies– Workplace policies are created to guide you on best practices for everything from conduct to dress code. Following your company policy enables you to make informed decisions based on the work values and objectives.
  • Be ready to work– Many of us know people who are willing to delegate but hesitant to ‘get their hands dirty’. Employees with integrity, on the other hand, are willing to go above and beyond with their own work and help others out if the situation calls for it.
  • Lead by example –Your working style and attitude towards others will help set a solid foundation for what you value most in others, especially people who report to you. Working to a high standard and maintaining professional conduct encourages others to follow suit.
  • Respect others’ opinions, even if you don’t agree with them– No matter how great your working environment may be, chances are there will be times when you simply don’t agree with someone else’s opinion. In these cases, it’s still important to be respectful, listen, and take on board what the other person is saying.
  • Be accountable for your mistakes –Everybody makes mistakes from time to time. Owning up to and being accountable for your mistakes demonstrates that you’re honest and open to constructive feedback – both traits that are common to people with a high degree of workplace integrity


About the POEC

To administer and enforce the Public Officers’ Ethics Act which comprises of the code of conduct and ethics for public officers and declarations of income, assets and liabilities for designated public officers.