Core Values: Honesty

As a general rule, it's always good, to be honest. Being honest/transparent builds trust. However, this doesn't mean you have to openly share everything about yourself with everyone. In other words, be honest about things when asked. Information that does not need to be shared, do not voluntarily share with the world.


Scenario 1: Breakthrough Week

You are working for a client. You've built a great relationship with this client and have worked with this client for 3 years now. There is a high degree of trust. It's now time to bill your client for the work you've performed. You didn't really track all the hours you've put into the project but you know you have roughly put in 40-45 hours of work. Now, you did some really neat work and found a way to really do things efficiently last week that allowed you to solve a problem in a few hours of time that would have normally taken you 20 hours to do. Therefore, you know you could bill the client for 55 hours of work and the client would happily pay that amount. What should you do in this situation? That extra 10 hours of pay could be very meaningful for you and your family, especially as you just had a baby 2 months ago and could really use that extra cash. How many hours would you bill for and why?

Scenario 2: Social Media

At work, you sometimes use Social Media, especially during your break time. Sometimes you spend time on Facebook, sometimes on Twitter, or read the news. This helps you recharge and give your brain a much-needed rest. In the past, you've spent a lot of hours without these necessary 'breaks' and you found that having these short breaks in between is increasing your productivity. Now that you took a course on 'honesty', you are not sure whether you should keep taking these breaks or whether you should clock in/out each time that you're taking these breaks. What should you do? Would you email your supervisor and ask what you should do? Is that asking for too much help? Would the supervisor think you're in-competent to even make a decision like this? What if the supervisor asks you to deduct all the hours you've spent in the past for taking all these 'breaks'?

Scenario 3: Colleagues using Social Media

You find that some of your colleagues use Facebook all the time! In fact, you know they are getting paid and they are reporting that they are working when in fact, they are on Facebook or YouTube for 3-4 hours a day! You don't want to bring it up directly to the colleague as you don't want to ruin your relationship with this person. Should you report this to your supervisor, whom this employee also reports to? Should you talk directly to the colleague to have them fix their behavior?