When you look at some of the things that are required in your work, some of the tasks you are asked to do can go against your personal integrity. It is not uncommon for people to twist themselves into pretzels in order to meet the monthly bills and support their family. This can often get out of hand depending upon the type of profession in which you work on a daily basis.
If you work as a CEO or other type of administrator that oversees the work of others, you can often be pressured into doing things that go against your morals. This can involve pressure from above to do unethical things that force other workers to quit and other types of politics that go on in the workplace. Perhaps you work in sales and keeping your job is dependent upon commissions and your sales quota so you are often forced to do things that are against your integrity to keep your job.
These are only a few examples of how your work can go against your personal integrity and values. If you take personal inventory you can probably come up with some other ways that work violates your integrity and personal values. Although you are an employee, you still have rights on the job as an individual and many people forget this out of fear of losing their job if they speak up. However, there are ways that you can stand up for yourself in a manner that is reasonable and justified.
1Diagnose the Situation
If you are feeling pressured or pushed around at work, step back and take a look at the problem. It is obvious there is a problem if you are feeling pressured and your gut feeling that something is amiss will tell you so, too. Try to identify why you are feeling pressure or pushed down and decide if you own the problem or if it belongs to someone else. If you own the problem it makes it easier for you to stand up for yourself in a professional manner. There is always more than one way of doing things so try to come up with a solution that you feel comfortable with and then make the suggestion.
2Stay Calm When Speaking Up
If you are feeling pressured to do something that makes you uncomfortable, speak your mind in a professional manner and stay calm when you state your case. If you stand up straight and speak in a calm tone of voice it will not be interpreted as unprofessional and the person you are expressing your concerns to will be less likely to react in a defensive manner.
If they do react in a defensive manner and start to verbally berate you, simply say in a quiet tone of voice, “Excuse me...I will return when we can discuss this in a civil manner” and then leave. This will catch the person that is being unreasonable off guard and make them think about their actions. When you return they will most likely approach the situation in a much different mann...