Forget Work Ethics. Build Worth Ethics.

Be You. The Workplace will adjust.

What is work ethics, anyway? When asked to define, employees give answers so diverse it naturally raises the question of its relevance to a healthy team dynamics. Can you really build team dynamics on something that is defined from must-do to freedom of speech and everything in between? The answer is easy: No. It is thus a much better idea to focus on worth ethics instead. Why? It’s more individual and thus easier to self-manage by employees. As the old saying goes, if you want to change the world (insert: team dynamics), start with Your (Corporate) Self. Building Corporate Self worth in the workplace is simple, not easy. The 3 baby steps are focusing on Corporate Self identity, building your workplace relationships, and Corporate Self awareness.

Focus on who you are, not on what you do

Try this short test with your colleagues and employees. Ask this question: Who are you? How many of them answered by defining their functions? And how many actually qualitatively described their Corporate Self identity? Fun fact: the first always wins. Before we run corporate therapy sessions in the workplace, that is. Fun aside, it is never a good idea to define one’s Corporate Self in terms of function. Say, if you’re a sales rep and that is how you identify yourself in the workplace, then, this is how you see your duty: selling. Encountering a product-related issue? Sell. Clients complain about performance? Still sell. The point is this: if employees identify with their functions, that is all they do - perform their functions. But, if instead they are focused on what they are like, then, they still perform their direct functions and voluntarily tap into their best Corporate Self aspects. Because that is where they shine. And no one comes to the workplace to do any less than shine. Fact.

Balance colleague relationships with result-orientation

What a paradox: keeping an eye on the results can actually keep you from getting them. There is a bridge between objectives and results, and it’s called colleagues. Prioritizing the road over the destination doesn’t make sense. And the same applies in the workplace. Prioritizing results over colleague relationships won’t get you to the results faster (if at all). Sounds a bit unorthodox given the century-old tendencies of result-orientation, but it’s the truth. If you want to get to the end-results faster, you need to focus on the road, that is, colleague relationships. A nice extra is a good workplace atmosphere, increased cooperation, and building employee corporate worth along the way. And the results will follow.

Speak your mind, not your strengths

Employees usually try to show off their “bright” side only to justify their being in the position. Which is emotionally draining and does not help achieve best team results, as it’s not fully clear what the blind spots are. Both: the employees and the company start reaping good positive results as soon as showing off the “bright” side is replaced by “getting real about oneself” philosophy. It is a relief to the employees that there is no need to hide their shortcomings, and everybody has them. This type of honesty also pays off to the company, as the blind spots that need to be covered additionally come into play early. All employees already know their Corporate Self, all a company needs to do is create the climate, where authenticity is welcome. Speaking one’s mind, not one’s bright side, that is.

Focusing on worth ethics in the workplace brings in the increase in workplace atmosphere, employee satisfaction, cooperation, and sales results. Allowing an atmosphere where employees are focused on building their Corporate Self worth is a much better idea than trying to agree on what work ethics means for every position on a regular day. Worth ethics is simple, as it’s about being your corporate best alone and with colleagues. And, if every employee does that, the need to build work ethics vanishes altogether.

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