Integrity: RSF celebrates National Compliance Week


NOTE: RSF is celebrating National Compliance Week from Nov. 6-12.

Integrity is the quality of being honest. Better defined, having integrity means doing the right thing in a reliable way.

Integrity describes a ‘wholeness’ of character, just as an integer describes a whole number.

In other words, integrity is not something that comes in parts or pieces. J.C. Ryle, the first Anglican bishop of Liverpool, purports “never be guilty of sacrificing a portion of truth on the altar of peace.”

Integrity has to be at the forefront of our decisions in order for Roper St. Francis to be compliant and ultimately successful. Segmenting integrity in ourselves or our work will catch up. For example, if an issue is known but not reported, keeping silent is as wrong as the original wrongdoer and/or wrong doing. Silence is just one of the many forms of rationalization.

Rationalization tends to point to the easy way out of a situation and oftentimes justifies action or inaction. Emotions play an integral role in difficult decisions. As such, it is important to make sure rationalization is not used inappropriately in the decision making process.  Similar to rationalization, strong emotions such as fear, fatigue, and frustration can muddy ones typical honor. Sometimes, it’s best to push the pause button in order to ensure decisions are rooted in principle.

Remaining knowledgeable about requirements lends to integrity. When expectations and consequences are understood, it is much easier to exhibit integrity, hence why clearly defined and communicated policies and procedures and expectations from leadership are so important.

The Compliance Department is a resource available to our entire workforce to ensure decisions are honorable and activities full of integrity.  When faced with an uncertain situation or decision, the department has the resources and skills to research the endeavor and provide the information necessary to come to a solution, or will find someone else who can.

As in our personal life, it can be best to defer to an outsider for objectivity and/or assistance. The Compliance Department is available to be that outsider and offers an environment free from retaliation or retribution.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of your Compliance Officers at 720-8462 or 402-1197.

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