Hoping this isn't too vague.
Background: Working in a larger office, I worry how people perceive me. Perception is everything. With so many people, rumors and misinformation spread like wildfire. I have always taken pride in my work ethic and deliverables, but I am left feeling that my participation in exchanges is brushed off/ignored/deemed unvaluable. When I'm providing input in a formal forum (meetings etc), I am receiving the level of professionalism to be expected. I don't feel that specifics are pertinent, I'm trying to express a general vibe, but two factors that may come into play are; I'm in the youngest 10%, and my education credentials aren't corporate mainstream. Could be that I'm reading into these social situations, or projecting my insecurities. Note that I am not socially awkward, and am quite skilled in contributing in casual exchanges (Listening, reiterating, etc) . As far as I can read am not alienating myself in the moment.
Regardless of what we do, there will always be those who dismiss or judge us. As I can't control how and what people think of me, but can control my own actions.
Goal: to improve my integrity in both work and personal life, ensuring that any negative opinions I receive are unwarranted.
Question: What practical actions can we utilize in order to ensure how we are perceived, our practices, and interactions are centered around integrity?
Some of my initial ideas;
1) Seek to be Honest: Don't embellish/exaggerate or lie. Owning and rising above your failures will greatly improves how people percieve you. Take ownership of what you say and how you say it. I've found that the key to honesty starts with replacing all the small lies with small truths. When asked how you are doing, be genuine & appropriate in your answer.
2) Manage time effectively: Don't be late to work. Aiming to be at your workspace 10-15 minutes early will ensure that delays don't actually make you late. Be punctual to meetings/calls/etc. Utilize the whole working day and don't sneak off early. Avoid 'time-wasting' activities. Treat everyone's time as the precious commodity it is.
3) Don't talk ill of anyone: as much as people migrate towards hot gossip, they have little respect for those providing it. When a person talks ill of a 3rd party to you, it plants the seed they will be talking ill of you the moment you part.