I’m wondering if you have given any thought to what yours are?
My guess is that you probably don’t know if you have one or either of these and if you do what are they?
Let’s start out with the word “Ethic” shall we? As you can imagine there are several definitions for the word and here they are: the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation, a set of moral principles, a theory or system of moral values, the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group, a guiding philosophy, a consciousness of moral importance, and a set of moral issues or aspects.
So if we dive into “Life Ethic” you can discern what I am talking about here. What is your set of guiding moral principles upon which your life is built and that you live out your life daily? If you are congruent (that means; you inside feelings match your outside actions and words) your life will be much smoother and happier and fulfilling that if you are living a life without ethics and incongruent. What does this look like do you think? Let’s say you and a bunch of friends meet up after work to have dinner together and you all get to the restaurant and you immediately begin to get involved on an online chat with someone else. Your friends show up and you continue on with your online conversation. Whose more important? Does it matter? What are the etiquette rules for this situation?
Let’s now discuss the “Work Ethic”. The same definition applies, the location is different. Congruence is important here also. So how to you see this play out in your professional life? How much time do you spend on your own personal technology in your work place? Does your employer have a policy? Do you feel you should be putting in more time on the clock for using company time to do your own personal email, chatting, texting, email, online browsing and shopping? Whose to know you say? You know.
Integrity is a big deal. Ethics is a big deal in our personal lives and in our professional lives.
Think about how you are living your life today and see where you might want to step it up and boost your ethic level.