The last thing you want to be known as at work is a person that lacks character. People with character are trustworthy, fair and empathetic. A person of character has values that do not change with the whims of what's popular in the moment. A woman of character stands for what she believes in and treats everyone equally. Lack of character at work eventually translates to lack of work.
A person without character is disrespectful to other people. When you don't have character, you more than likely also lack self-esteem and self-worth. When you don't value yourself, it's hard to find value in anyone else. Lack of character displays itself in the way that a person treats other people, especially people who are more vulnerable. A workplace bully is an example of a person without character.
Honesty and integrity are the hallmarks of someone with character. A person who justifies stealing office supplies or taking a lunch that belongs to someone else from the office refrigerator displays a lack of character. A person of character maintains her values even if no one is watching. She would no more think of stealing a pen, as she would think of stealing money from a bank. A dishonest person cannot be counted on to tell the truth in any situation.
When you make a contract with an employer to do a job and consistently don't show up to do that job, you are displaying a lack of character. A person of character honors her agreements, including the agreement she made to perform work for a salary. Unreliability in the workplace places a burden on your employer and on your co-workers, who have to step in to do your job. A person without character cannot be counted on to meet a deadline.
When you lack character, you lack ethics and values. Ethics and values keep you from manipulating others. A manipulator uses other people to achieve his own ends. He doesn't think that what he is doing is wrong, because along with being a manipulator, he is self-absorbed. Manipulators exploit the weaknesses in others and take advantage of others and situations whenever they can. Their behavior can seem random, but it is all part of a ploy to get what they want at the expense of everyone else.
As a native Californian, artist, journalist and published author, Laurie Brenner began writing professionally in 1975. She has written for newspapers, magazines, online publications and sites. Brenner graduated from San Diego's Coleman College.