My list of offences that will trigger an instant firing at most companies are:
- Using company computer for viewing 'otherworldly graphics'. The IT department regularly monitors the websites company staff visit. They will sooner or later take a look at what you are watching and raise a hell of alarm. Then you will be toast. So I stick to the trustworthy and decent websites as much as I can.
- Office Affairs. Hanky pankying around with work colleague(s) especially if either one or all of you are married. Most companies will boot you out pronto before you could say 'bra ha'. I don't play around. I am no angel but I choose to stay true to my wife and to myself.
- Frauding the System. There are always those who are smelling the rat even where there are none. Any fraud will eventually bring out the stink. I allow integrity to rule in everything I do as far as possible. They say a good name is better than riches. I truly believe that this is fundamental.
- Professional misconduct. Professional misconduct at the workplace is tantamount to suicide. It will destroy your career. I have made a choice to become an ethical practitioner of my profession. No matter what happens my conscience must stay clean and clear. That is my choice.
- Failure to fit in the team. The inability to work independently within a team is perhaps the greatest sign of lack of commitment to the company. I have really come to appreciate the fact that the workplace is not just a place to accomplish tasks and deliver targets by deadlines. It is also a social platform to showcase one's humanity. Showing an interest in the well-being of others is as much important as building shareholders' value. I really put premium value on the emotionally intelligent folks who are able to get along with both their principals and their juniours without any hidden motives.
Why am writing all this? I suppose I need to capture for myself some of the value systems that I hold so dear. I hope I will live long enough to share them with my children's children.
Have a blessed weekend, pal!