When conducting business, every employer will strive to get the most profits out of their employees, after all, it’s natural to want a return on your investments. However, this can sometimes get to the point of treating your employees unethically and neglecting basic human rights. The lust for profit can turn us into beasts, so there is a need to be able to balance out employee work efficiency and work ethics. This is not to say that the only misconduct can arise from the employer, far from it. Employees can mistreat other employees just as much as the employer can. But you must avoid becoming a totalitarian figure and enforcing rules that give no freedom or no life to the office all in the name of stopping unethical conduct, as this will lead to a drop in productivity and profit margins. It’s an extremely difficult task to balance, so we will try and shed more light on the given topic.
Make a Distinction Between Working Time and Chilling Time
The workspace can’t be a place of constant noise and banter. In most cases, this will disrupt other peoples’ work, which is not a good thing by any means. Make a clear separation of work-time and chill-time. People will work out the rest on their own, as we are beings that can get used to most situations. Our brains will make the distinction on their own after a while and turn off and on during the assigned periods.
Shape the Office Culture Around Your Ethics
An office culture reflects the company as a whole. It is imperative to shape it into something worth bragging about, where everyone is treated equally, with respect and tolerance as the main ideas of the office, and remain not laid-back and lazy. So base your office culture around some of these core principles:
• Honesty and openness – Because any office culture will need you to have an open relationship with your employees. In order for your employees to trust you, you need to be honest and open with them. If they feel safe talking to you not just about the good things but about the problems as well without the constant fear of getting fired, you’re on a good path.
• Professionalism and inspiration – As we’ve mentioned before, you want to be approachable but not come off as lazy or undeserving of your position. You need to display why you are in your position and try to show the importance of constant self-improvement not just for yourself, but for your employees as well. Be the role model that you wish your employees to follow.
• Dedication and humility – These 2 go well together, you want to show your employees that you are dedicated to your work and want to see it succeed, while also not wishing to trample over those below you just to reach your goal. Be supportive of other people’s success and make them strive to improve, if an employee has found better insurance software that can reduce even some of your company’s expenses then give them credit for it! After all, you’re in this office together.
We have talked extensively about the importance of being down-to-earth and approachable to your employees, but this can sometimes be taken advantage of. People will become sloppy, more demanding, and lazy when their boss is trying too hard to please them. That is why discipline needs to be a cornerstone of every office. Proper discipline doesn’t cross any ethical lines as long as it’s balanced out. One basic action to maintain discipline is to insist on punctuality. The day starts once they enter the office, so punctuality is the factor that shapes office discipline, and discipline directly correlates to work ethics. While you want to be open and understanding you still need to be firm and not tolerate a lack of discipline in the office.
Set Clear Goals
Don’t beat around the bushes, be as coherent and straightforward as possible. You don’t want people second-guessing what it was that you actually meant. A person’s work ethic will become more productive when they are 100% certain of the task they need to accomplish, so try and make the objective as clear as possible while promoting active questions about it. It will always be better to clear out any misconceptions immediately rather than later. If you maintain discipline and remain at the employee’s disposal for any help, you will foster a strong and ethical work culture. And always make sure that everyone comprehends the task and is on the same page.
A Positive Approach can Go a Long Way
An office that breeds a positive attitude will always be more productive than an office that doesn’t. It is one of the more important factors when talking about work ethics. You achieve this by promoting dialogue (between the employer and the employee and among the employees themselves), do not tolerate any behavior that can damage this atmosphere, so be proactive on any behavior that is disreputable which results in a person feeling isolated, depressed, or neglected. However, be wary that shoving a positive attitude motto down people’s throats can cause them to stray further away from it, even resulting in a fake positive environment.
Hopefully, we have made the topic easier to understand and have given you some ideas on how to balance work efficiency and work ethics. Remember, don’t neglect your basic moral principles in the name of profit.