Last week we asked whether companies value ‘fair’ employees and if honesty is the best policy or is it only about who makes the most noise. In response, most readers said the ultimate winners in life are the fair and honest people.

Every dog has its day

Initially, fair people will be losers but in the long run, when the employee changes the department or company, the value of the person will be realised.

Stick to honesty and sincerity and success will follow in the future and will stay in the long-run.

Vedula Krishna, Visakhapatnam

Effects of environment

Much depends on your upbringing, whether moral values such as honesty and fair play have been imbibed by you or not.

If you have grown up in a vitiated environment of dishonesty and cheating, if you have succeeded in life through socially-unapproved means, if you have amassed wealth through corrupt practices, your views will change. You would be inclined to propagate these theories to realise your ambitions.

And yet, you would like to have an honest and faithful life companion, an honest and ever-helpful neighbour, an impartial and fair boss and so on. Which proves the point that honesty and fair play is still the best policy for success and organisations do value honest employees.

S.P. Singh, New Delhi

Fair people ultimately win

No organisation wants unfair people on its roster. Fairness is the most important trait of a good manager. When managers follow rules and apply them equally to everyone, it creates co-ordination and transparency and employees put extra efforts into their work. Further, managers get better co-operation from employees, thereby helping the work environment.

Fair people always do the right thing and motivate themselves, as and when are faced with unfairness at the workplace. How long can unfair people work with their dubious activities and intentions? Fair people are ultimate winners, as nobody can hide things forever and truth emerges.

Sreenivasa Rao Krothapalli, Hyderabad

Diplomatic lies are inevitable

One of the most essential traits expected of employees and managers in organisations is the ability to tell “diplomatic lies” at times, which normally do not hurt anyone working there or the management.

On the contrary, these “lies” boost the morale and productivity in the organisation, and sometimes also help save the face of the bosses. For instance, the personal assistant to a boss tells someone on the phone that ‘the boss is in a meeting’ when the boss is in a pensive mood. There is nothing wrong with this diplomatic lie.

S. Ramakrishnasayee, Ranipet

(This article was published on August 30, 2012)
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