Sunday, October 4, 2009

Nothing Personal

It’s been a busy yet fruitful week. Aside from my key function among other commitments at work, I have the task of familiarizing employees with essential work ethics not just as one needs but as to how these values harmonize with the company principles. I’ve designed a training module that will hopefully address the ideal complementing roles between the company and its employees.

In conveying the importance of such standards, I put significant emphasis on professionalism. Somehow, the best way to do that is to rather lead by example. In any work place, this will time and again be reasonably required or most likely be challenged.

My wife once hypothetically asked me if I’d report perchance an anomaly involving her should we be both working in the same company. Suggesting that I would most likely do, she was in a way taken aback. Before she could even ask me why, I told her of the more complex implication that will rather affect us… If she did that in the first place, she should have initially thought of the consequence that will drag our name into an improbable situation. With that, she shouldn’t be too sensitive if I would instead forego of a probable nepotism in favor of tending more than to a good name but conviction and integrity.

“More than profession, its professionalism” is what I always stress amongst those I orient. From the root word “profess”, I would aptly admit an irregularity I could get caught up in as much as report any detrimental doing. If it necessitates reporting such at the expense of a colleague, it’s not about betrayal of trust but principle. The culprits are the one’s actually betraying the confidence entrusted to them by the company. It is the same company I represent. It is the same company that serves as our bread-and-butter. It is the same company where my loyalty remains.

Reporting these sort of shady dealings are carried out impartially considering the probable two sides of the story though: A commitment to both the company and its would-be fair stand on how it will deal with the perpetrator amidst the situation without prejudice. It is a neutral stand for doers as well in consideration of their chance to defend themselves.

This situation is actually what allows heedlessness amidst indiscretions as people don’t like to be regarded as “tattletale” or worst, a “sucker”. Their nonchalant silence is rather prompted over the trouble of “getting involved”. More so, the possibility of hurting that colleague’s feelings once it’s in the open would rather be eluded however mutely harms the company. The nerve of those people vulnerable enough to manifest disgust when they’re the ones who’s at fault… Every unresolved little infringement caused to the company will subject it to its eventual downfall consequently of its workforce as well. Where will we be by then?

While having a work sustains our everyday living, being professional about it sustains not just our integrity but also our future. Protecting the company of any harm is defending the welfare of more heads (& mouths). Furthermore, it’s not like we are made to choose between two considerable choices. It’s as simple as courageously choosing between right and wrong. It’s as simple as considerately applying professionalism.

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