Why Choose Integrity? The Characteristic That Will Undoubtedly Help Your Small Business Succeed
Integrity, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary is “the condition of having no part or element taken away or wanting; undivided or unbroken state; material wholeness, completeness, entirety”. Material wholeness? How many corporations can honestly say that they give “wholeness” to hard working, loyal consumers?
Entrepreneurs have the power to return the scared state of mutually beneficial relationships, in which both the seller and purchaser win. It’s a shame to see construction contractors adding extra costs, or financial professionals adding hidden fees (not to make any particular digs, just using general examples). So whatever did happen to the good ol’ days where honesty was next to godliness?
Starting your own business is an incredibly rewarding and life changing journey. The experience is much like a roller coaster; moments of pure joy and moments of stomach dropping action. If you are just starting out, and making a reputable name for yourself and your brand, or you are a seasoned business owner, take a deep look into your ethics. What do you consider integrity to be? You may be surprised at what you discover. Here’s how to improve upon your small business’ integrity.
1. Create a general code of ethics
It doesn’t need to be lengthy, it just needs to list what is most important t your business; protecting your clients. Additionally, make certain that you add a section on who to contact if an employee is feeling uneasy in any given situation. Finally, ensure that all new employees read this before their first day on the job, and that the book is easily accessible.
2. Have an open door policy
If an employee is struggling between what is right and wrong, ensure that you provide a welcoming, open space for them to come to you or a supervisor to discuss. Remember the age old rule: honesty is the best policy.
3. Lead by example
You know what we mean with this one! Always, always act in the best interest of your clients. Honesty and integrity included.