Professional Feature: Integrity


About The Professional Feature 'Integrity'

Integrity - or acting with integrity - means that you perform your function adequately and carefully, taking into account your responsibilities and the applicable rules. If rules are missing or unclear, then you judge and act in a morally responsible manner, based on generally accepted social and ethical standards. You take responsibility for your own actions, you are accountable for your behavior, and you address others to this.

Integrity is sometimes explained to a limited extent as the absence of fraud and corruption. Sometimes integrity is explained very broadly and it also includes values ??such as collegiality, reliability, customer focus, objectivity, decency, effectiveness and efficiency.

What does integrity mean in practice?

You prevent a conflict of interest and you make your own position and interests clear in (potential) conflict situations. For example: when you are asked to advise on a company's quotation, you state that you've relationships with that company.

You handle personal or sensitive information with care. For example: if you've received someone's resume as part of an application, you will destroy it after the application process has ended.

You inform others from your position and expertise about any risks they run. This, of course, applies in particular in professions involving safety or health risks.

You indicate when something is asked or expected from you that in your opinion would not be ethical.

In a conflict you don't automatically choose the side of the stronger party, but you try to oversee the whole and act accordingly.

If you've made a mistake, report this and take action on your own initiative to limit the damage.

You are loyal to the organization for which you work and you serve the interests of your position.

You continue to act with integrity, even when this entails certain disadvantages, tensions or conflicts.

Examples of acting with integrity

- misuse of powers, prior knowledge or personal information
- let you influence yourself improperly
- perform additional activities that are incompatible with your position
- fraud and corruption
- bribe you
- gossip and backbiting, blackening and career sabotage, mucilage and heel licking: office politics that almost everyone has to deal with

What to do in a new position?

In order to act with integrity, you must be aware of the mission and the applicable rules and guidelines of the organization, your professional code and the like. Orient yourself and inquire about it.

Find out for yourself which values ??and standards you apply in your professional practice. Act consistently.

Be aware of the trust that people place in you. That often goes beyond the official rules.

How do you show that you are honorable when applying?

An example: You apply for a position as a P&O advisor at a large advertising agency. Among other things, an honest attitude is requested in the personnel advertisement. You try to imagine what they mean by that.

As an HR advisor, you often have a lot of personal and other confidential information from employees, such as salary data and information about privacy. You handle this information with care.

You do have experience with this in your current job as a junior P & O'er with a national broadcaster. Not only do you've to deal with the confidential information of 'normal' employees, this broadcaster also employs a number of well-known Dutch people. The dismissal of one of them has been widely reported in the media for weeks. Friends of yours sometimes try to hear you, as well as your fellow students, but you make it clear to them that the subject is not open to discussion.

You incorporate this into your.application letter and you ensure that you've a number of examples ready during the interview according to the STAR method.

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