Let unswerving integrity be your watchword.
We make a living by what we get. But we make a life by what we give.
Behaving in an ethical manner is not only the right thing to do, but also a way of developing relationships that will yield significant
Avoid talking about people behind their backs, particularly if the comments are unflattering. Excuse yourself from any such discussions.
Tell the truth. It might hurt, but it can be coated in kindness. Saying "This work stinks" is far less effective than "There are two mistakes here that need to be corrected. Can you help me?"
Review your organization's values statement (if one is available). Try to tie your behaviour closely to those principles.
If your peers do something you don't appreciate, point it out to them, not the boss. Be assertive and focus on the behaviour and not on the person.
Respect copyright. Everyone copies ideas, but copying entire workbooks and manuals deprives the creator of the royalties owed to them. If you do get ideas from others, give them credit. It will
Don't make hasty assumptions based on how people appear. Make sure to get to know them before deciding if you want to establish a relationship.
Give credit where it's due. If, for example, you got help with a project that was particularly well received, let the people who dish out the brownie points know about those people who helped you. That way, you are demonstrating fairness. Equally important, you know you will be able to count on those same people when you need them in future.
Be careful not to lie on your
When dealing with colleagues, don't force your opinion on others by stating it as a fact. If you are
Don't embarrass people publicly,
Don't send memos to your boss's boss unless you've cleared them in advance.
Copy your boss on memos sent outside your work area.
Don't make commitments you can't keep. Doing what you say you intend to do will
enhance your reputation;
save you time avoiding issues and people;
enlarge your circle of like-minded and -acting people;
keep your life simpler.
Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
Don't jam the
Take out the coloured paper you were using in the copier and replace it with white paper.
Don't hog the fax machine.
Don't send forty-page faxes in prime time.
Make fresh coffee when it's your
Don't leave your speaker phone on.
Don't get correction fluid on the copier glass.
Change the toner once in a while.
Treat other people's incoming faxes as important. Take them to the intended recipient right away.
Clean out the three-hole punch.
Close filing cabinet drawers when you're done.
Take your turn watering the office plants.
Don't send e-mail chain
Keep your music low.
Encourage your office