Let’s talk about work ethics … What could be more important than this? Yet this notion is often taken lightly! Indeed, the interpersonal skills are more and more appreciated by the employers, but what exactly does this notion consist of? In fact, it is very simple. Work ethics and interpersonal skills mean showing respect to your colleagues, clients, superiors and anyone else you deal with every single day. It’s as simple as paying attention and avoiding checking your phone every 2 seconds when a colleague speaks at a meeting or avoiding arriving late at each meeting. It’s also being punctual, cleaning up your mess in the workplace kitchen and being nice to others. I am pretty sure you have already heard the famous phrase ‘treat others as you would like to be treated’. The concept seems rather simple and by reading this text you will surely say to yourself: ” Everyone knows that! ” That being said, it seems that employers have more and more difficulties to recruit people with interpersonal skills and a sense of ethics!
As I mentioned in my previous blog, interpersonal skills correspond to your personal and professional qualities. It goes without saying that by doing small things, such as paying attention to the person speaking at an employee meeting or holding the door to the person behind you, you are demonstrating interpersonal skills, and by demonstrating such skills you can increase your chances of being hired. Of course, interpersonal skills are very important to most employers. I shared the opinion of some of them in my previous blog. Many employers are of the opinion that young people are more and more educated and have more and more knowledge but are terribly lacking in interpersonal skills. I have already heard a business executive say, ” You can be one of the smartest person I’ve ever met, but if you do not know how to behave appropriately and respect others, I will never hire you…’’ These words are sobering! Your behaviors and attitude have a huge impact on your career but also on the rest of your life. Adopting a better attitude and a better behavior will allow you, without doubt, to go further!
In conclusion, it is the smallest details that can make all the difference. During your next interview, remember that first impressions are important, be sure to highlight your qualities and adopt behaviors that demonstrate your ethical concern, and you will surely come out winner!