Brave Integrity in the Workplace

Has Your Integrity Been Challenged at Work?

Have you felt the pressure to conform to or go along with leadership or the company you work for, but in your heart you knew it was wrong?  Sure, no one wants to rock the boat or cause waves at work, and certainly no one wants to lose their job.  So, what did you do?  How do you handle integrity challenges at work? Jobs are hard to come by and as Christians we want to be good, reliable workers who don’t cause problems.

Let’s Get Specific About Integrity 

To know if your integrity is being challenged we must understand exactly what it is.  Integrity is being honest, truthful, the same, trustworthy, and having good character, no matter who is watching or not. Integrity isn’t easy.  It means you won’t compromise your inner personal beliefs for popular opinion, for cultural norm or for pressure from others.  God and His Word are at the center of integrity and are the source of strength to live with integrity.

“Integrity means ‘wholeness,’ being the same person at all times. It means having upright moral character; a person of integrity consistently does the right thing, even when it isn’t easy.”  www.workmatters.org

If Your Integrity is Being Challenged at Work You May Feel…

  • Challenged to go against your gut instinct and what you know is right.
  • Torn because leadership is asking you to fudge or elaborate the truth of a situation…nothing too drastic just a little here and there.
  • Afraid that if you follow your heart you may lose your job.
  • Confused over what to do, resulting in sleepless nights.
  • Anxious because it feels like a no-win situation.
  • Swayed to second-guess yourself because everyone else is doing it, but knowing that does not make it right.
  • Stupid and wonder if maybe you are making a bigger deal out of it than it really is.

“Destruction is when what is right is called wrong and what is wrong is called right.” Pastor Rick Warren 

What is the Solution?

The solution is found in turning to God’s Word (specifically the book of Daniel) for wisdom and instruction.  Daniel and his three friends were captured by Nebuchadnezzar.  Nebuchadnezzar intended to brainwash them with the Babylonian culture.  Daniel and his friend’s integrity was challenged, but each time they were willing to speak-up for truth and challenge practices they knew to be wrong.  They risked everything including death because they fully trusted God. Read chapters 1-6 of Daniel to get the whole story. But in short, Daniel teaches us:

  • Turn to God in prayer all the time…not just during compromising situations.
  • Come up with practical, creative solutions that keep your integrity intact.
  • Have the courage to do what is right.
  • Trust God for guidance and provision.
  • Be willing to go against the cultural norm.
  • Don’t react hastily, rather pause and seek God.
  • Wait for clarity and then act.
  • If being a person of integrity sends you into a fire pit…God will be with you!

“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9

A Chickening-IN Moment

A person of integrity will face workplace challenges. Wisdom, courage and faith will be required. It will be a time to Chicken-IN and trust God. Prepare yourself by reading the book of Daniel and stay close to God.  In those Chickening-IN moments, He will give you what you need- guidance, strength and ability.

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones.” Proverbs 2:6-8

Have you been challenged with integrity at work?  How did you handle it?  What was the result?  I would love to hear from you!

Sincerely with Hugs,

JJ

#FindYourBrave, #FindYourIntegrity

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68 COMMENTS

  1. Komal | 15th Dec 17

    I am going through this right now at work and haven’t found he right way to address it. I often feel that people in leadership take advantage because of their power. How do we make this cycle stop.

    • JJ | 15th Dec 17

      Such a great question. I found a really great website called Work Matters that has been helpful to me.

  2. Johanne | 15th Dec 17

    I actually have been challenged with integrity at work. Back then I just didn’t have the courage to do anything about it. I honestly don’t know what I would now if I ever faced the same problems…

    • JJ | 15th Dec 17

      In my past, I would remain quiet but now that I am older I just can’t. I don’t feel good about remaining silent. However, it is wise to proceed with caution and wisdom.

  3. Jessica Small | 15th Dec 17

    I worked at a Telemarketing company while in Bible College and my integrity was under pressure constantly. Unfortunately, I looked at pleasing my superiors as more important than upholding my integrity…for that I am ashamed.
    Hiwever, I did witness other people refuse to be be dishonest, no matter the cost, and I respect them to this day for that. It wasn’t easy for them but they stuck to their morals.
    When you uphold integrity, it leaves an impression on others. Just a thought I wanted to share😊

    • JJ | 15th Dec 17

      What a great story! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Angie D. Hills | 15th Dec 17

    Very nice article! So many times – in the workplace as well as many other areas in life, people get caught up too easily in going with the flow and don’t always stand up for themselves and their beliefs and live in their integrity. It is very important for us all to live in our integrity – hopefully, your message will reach many that can use it to live their truth.

    • JJ | 15th Dec 17

      I agree. I know for myself it is hard to stand-up because I am by nature not confrontational. Getting outside of the comfort zone…for me, it is God who propels and strengths me.

  5. Katie | 15th Dec 17

    Yes! Our integrity can be challenged every day in little ways. I try to remember that my integrity is so much more valuable to me than whatever shortcut or “tiny” lie I’m tempted with. Daniel is such a rich and encouraging book!

    • JJ | 15th Dec 17

      Daniel is the shinning example and He has encouraged me to not compromise.

  6. Bea | 15th Dec 17

    I have been through this in one of my past jobs. I ended up quitting because it was never going to change. Best decision I have made that’s for sure, but difficult situation to be in in the first place!

    • JJ | 15th Dec 17

      Yes, unfortunately having integrity doesn’t always end as you would want it to. But, I believe God will honor the decision to do what is right and you will gain confidence and courage.

  7. Jennifer Turney | 15th Dec 17

    I remember struggling when I knew the CEO ( who was also a close friend) was having crooked practices in our field. Even though she was a friend I wasn’t honest with her because she was still my boss. Eventually she was found out and fired.The other thing I struggled with in the end was that I was burned out and no longer cared that much about what or who I was serving. This was a secret I hid. Ultimately God took me out of all of it with my health issues and diercted me to new things and a renewal to serve as he wanted me to. it was a miracle in its own right even though it hasn’t always seems that way. I probably never would have left and would have continued half measures in my career had Good not physically moved me.I love how God works but reflected back when I read what you wrote. Something for everyone to think about.
    Love Jen

    • JJ | 15th Dec 17

      Thank you for sharing your story. It is really hard to be honest with a boss. Daniel prayed before he did anything and I think he is a great example to us…pray for wisdom and a solution. Then trust God.

  8. Joanna | 15th Dec 17

    I did feel like this at a previous job and it was such a struggle. I felt completely opposite with what the management was doing and how they were handling things. In the end I went for the truth and left the company after having a what I thought honest discussion with my boss. It ended up with me being isolated for the 2 weeks I still had to be there after my notice so I just left in the middle of one of the shifts.

    • JJ | 15th Dec 17

      I am so sorry. Doing the right thing is sometime the hardest. However, nothing can take the place of truth.

  9. Monique | 15th Dec 17

    This is a great post. I agree and think that it’s sad that people are faced with such a dilemma in the workplace. The one thing I’d add to your list is to document the specific occurrences. It never hurts to have proof in case situations get escalated.

    • JJ | 16th Dec 17

      I agree. Save, save, save you never know if you will need it.

  10. Nik G. | 15th Dec 17

    Very inspiring post. I’ve never actually looked up the real meaning of “integrity”. What a powerful word.

    • JJ | 16th Dec 17

      Very powerful word that directly speaks to ones character :). Thanks!!

  11. Cleo | 15th Dec 17

    This is a great way to breakdown and compartmentalise work based feelings, I like the solutions presented also! Definitely going to take on board!

    • JJ | 16th Dec 17

      Awesome! Glad it spoke to you:).

  12. Kyla Matton Osborne | 16th Dec 17

    Great advice, especially the part about waiting for clarity before reacting. Sometimes we feel pressured to react quickly, but that’s often when we do things we later regret.

    • JJ | 16th Dec 17

      Totally agree… take q quick breather 🙂

  13. Ivonne Tarantino | 16th Dec 17

    What an excellent post! I am thankful that I am self employed and don’t have to deal with these issues any more. I can relate though when I was working for a corporation that my integrity was challenged every day for the all mighty bottom line of the company. I had it and went out on my own and have never looked back and now in every aspect of business I treat people the way I want to be treated and seems like the problem has been solved but not everyone is as lucky as I am.

    • JJ | 16th Dec 17

      That is so awesome! Good for you!

  14. Katie Braswell | 16th Dec 17

    I have been out of the workforce for about 4 years now. I’m blessed to be able to take care of my Littles all day long. I must say, this really hits home when I think back on my time working. It’s extremely important to keep close to the Lord. Especially when you are surrounded by those who don’t love the Lord. Small things can sneak in which snowballs into complete abandonment of what we know it right! It’s so sound what you said… pause and take a step back; don’t react hastily! I believe I could have definitely benefited from this advice! If I ever enter the workforce again, I will remember this! <3

    • JJ | 16th Dec 17

      So great your home with your kids. That is time you never get back. The Lord is really the only way to stay strong when integrity is challenged.

  15. Vasundhra | 16th Dec 17

    This is such a relevant topic. I had to face several situations at work when I felt that my integrity was being challenged. I am so glad that I am self-employed now, it is so much better!

    • JJ | 17th Dec 17

      That is awesome! I hope to be one day too!

  16. Aireona | 16th Dec 17

    I think it is very true that you need to be specific about what you define integrity as, otherwise, it is easy to just maintain the status quo.

  17. Shell | 17th Dec 17

    I am Blessed that I don’t need to work, but I know many who go through situations just like this at their workplace…

    • JJ | 18th Dec 17

      You can me a source of encouragement to your friends and family 🙂

  18. corinne & kirsty | 17th Dec 17

    I am not sure my integrity has even been challenge at work. but i know people who faced situation that definitely were tough

  19. Evelina | 17th Dec 17

    What a great post on a very important issue! I have to say I’ve been in this type of situation a few times and I wasn’t sure how to handle it so I gave up. Your post gave me some great ideas what should I do next time.

    • JJ | 18th Dec 17

      Great! I am so glad this will help you. I think we all will be faced with integrity challenges even outside of work.

  20. Michelle | 17th Dec 17

    Integrity is tough. I sacrificed a job for it–but ultimately can live with myself much better.

    • JJ | 18th Dec 17

      I am so proud of you!!

  21. Sneha | 17th Dec 17

    Yes.. I faced this situation last year.. as a writer I was asked to give a good review for a laser treatment company. I did research and found out that they were cheating people and ruined most people’s lives. Even though my seniors wanted me to give false review, I decided to quit the job.

    • JJ | 18th Dec 17

      WOW! That is great…so proud of you and your courage to do what as right.

  22. Ellie Plummer | 17th Dec 17

    Thank you for sharing your story. It can be so difficult when you find yourself in situations like this at work because you don’t know who to turn to but it is important to stick up for yourself.

    • JJ | 18th Dec 17

      Yes i can be hard to know who to trust. I agree though stick up for yourself and maybe others who can’t.

  23. Ashleigh-Jayne O'Connell | 18th Dec 17

    Since I quit a job I hated, this hasn’t happened to me again. I’ve now been at my ‘new’ place for nearly a year and it still feels like it’s only been a couple of weeks./ It really is the best

    • JJ | 19th Dec 17

      That is awesome! I am so happy for you!!

  24. Rhian | 18th Dec 17

    I don’t tend to challenge much at work as I don’t feel that I need to as decisions are always justified and make sense but it is good to if you don’t feel happy or comfortable with a decision x

    • JJ | 19th Dec 17

      Thats great.

  25. Nina | 18th Dec 17

    It can be hard to work when you struggle with things like this. I always feel like it’s best to just be true to you, even if it makes a few enemies. You have to stand up for what you think is right.

    • JJ | 19th Dec 17

      Yes so long as you are following God’s leading and standing for your values. Thanks!!

  26. Blair villanueva | 19th Dec 17

    My integrity was challenged at work for many times and gladly I learned to hold my ground and stay on my words. Yes conflicts arises but eventually they learnedto respect me. And now I gained their respect too. They can’t easily push my boundaries.

  27. Nichola - Globalmouse | 19th Dec 17

    Integrity is definitely important. I believe it is absolutely about being true to yourself above all else.

  28. Rachel | 19th Dec 17

    Some great advice. I had to admit that I don’t feel I ever have had my integrity questioned, but I am willing to stand up and say what I believe.

    • JJ | 19th Dec 17

      That is great! If the time comes, sounds like you are ready :).

  29. Yeah Lifestyle | 19th Dec 17

    This is such a powerful post telling people that sometimes you need to stay strong when faced with adverse behaviour or comments. You are such an encouragement.

    • JJ | 19th Dec 17

      Thank you! Staying strong in the Lord is the key :).

  30. Mellissa Williams | 19th Dec 17

    I am lucky enough to work for myself so don’t usually have to challenge unless in the case of a difficult client. These situations can be so difficult though

    • JJ | 19th Dec 17

      That is great…sounds like those who are self-employed don’t face the same challenges as cooperate America.

  31. Kirsten @ ObtainingBliss.com | 19th Dec 17

    Great post! I’ve only been in a few situations where my integrity was compromised and one of the times it was, I quit that job and told them exactly why. Who I am, I will never allow to be compromised. I’m stubborn like that tho 🙂

    • JJ | 20th Dec 17

      Great to see people like you who stand by their core beliefs.

  32. Lily @ www.proverbs2426.com | 19th Dec 17

    I think that you can struggle with integrity out side the corporate work force, it’s just more subtle. Example; when you know you could do a better job but you don’t because no one will notice. Or you fail to complete a project which you committed to because you no longer feel inspired.

    • JJ | 20th Dec 17

      Yes agree…that is what integrity is..being the same when someone is watching and no one is watching :).

  33. Bread // Queer Little Family | 19th Dec 17

    I’ve had problems with my company’s choices in advertising placements and have reached out to people but I’m still looking into dealing with it. I refuse to just let it go.

  34. Gareth Torrance | 20th Dec 17

    Showing that you are trustworthy is so important, especially when you are in a team!

  35. Kathryn | 20th Dec 17

    What great advice. My partners integrity was challenged at a workplace a few years ago. But glad he left that place. Thanks for sharing

  36. Cassie | 20th Dec 17

    Integrity is very important! This is a very inspiring read and could be helpful for so many people

  37. Danie | 20th Dec 17

    It seems these days integrity is forgotten virtue. It is so crucial in our daily lives and I am grateful for the Bible for teaching me how to be loving and considerate to my fellow humans.

    Danie
    http://www.thiscurvylife.com

    • JJ | 21st Dec 17

      Yes the Bible is the authority on how to live. Thank you for sharing.

  38. Tiffany Yong | 22nd Dec 17

    I’m usually very afraid of confrontation, especially with higher authorities… and once, ‘he’ even use the name of God against me, yes, an MLM boss… I left the company, and I became happier~

    • JJ | 22nd Dec 17

      Good for you! I am so sorry you experienced that!

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