The importance of honesty in the workplace is fairly self-explanatory; honest employees are more accountable, reliable, and less likely to do damage to an organization by engaging in unethical or illegal behavior. Honesty and integrity are associated with a number of other characteristics, including rule adherence and trustworthiness. Employees who lack these qualities may be more prone to disciplinary problems or be more at risk to engage in counterproductive work behaviors (CWBs) such as theft, time-wasting, and fraud. Tests that assess honesty are especially useful for positions that require employees to work in a client’s home or handle cash, such as cashiers, retail store associates, home health care aides, field service technicians, and security guards.
Employers can use the Workplace Productivity Profile (WPP) to assess the honesty or integrity of their applicants. The WPP measures four traits: Conscientiousness, Perseverance, Integrity/Honesty, and Attitudes towards Theft and Fraud. The test assesses general reliability, rule-following, and the potential risk that employees will engage in counterproductive work behaviors. The WPP is particularly popular with employers screening for entry-level positions where attendance, trustworthiness, and work ethic are of high importance.
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