Having mastered every art under the sun except the one your employer expects is futile. On the other hand, how would you know what he wants out of you? The key to this hassle is to treat employment as a dear relationship. It is synonymous to any other relationship in everyday life. If you stay true and don’t cheat, it is more likely to be reciprocated. This holds good in organizations too. With that being said, what you would expect out of a relationship is just what your employer expects from you; Honesty/Integrity!
You might be very open-hearted and treat everyone with the same degree of affection. But you surely will hold a very few close to your heart. These are the few who get to know your darkest secrets and deepest sorrows, no matter what. What in them pushes you to such an extent of trusting them so much? It is “Integrity” that they exhibit. They are trustworthy, and they have proved it to you. This is exactly what any employer would anticipate from a job-seeker.
So, what’s the big deal about honesty? Why not technical expertise? It is simply because expertise can be developed without compromising on anything, but if Integrity is compromised, all is lost. That’s why!
Everyone knows which is good and which is not. Then why do we falter? The consequences of any act will surely influence your decision. But if you ask, “Do we think of the after-effects before we act?”, then the answer would be a “No” most of the time. Practically speaking, whatever you say is true until you get caught. But what if? What if you are caught? Take a moment away from reality to foresee. That should put you back on the path you should rightfully be treading.
Do what it takes for your employer to say you are dependable to such an extent that you don’t have to be watched. Integrity is not much about being true when your boss is around. It is much about how true you are behind his back. If he doesn’t see me being true, how is it going to help in getting a pay-hike, you might ask. Trust us, it works!