Essay about Ethics and Professional Life

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Ethics is something that can affect someone in their personal and professional life.
Typically, when people think of
ethics, they think of a person’s ability to tell the difference between right and
wrong. According to Velasquez, Andre,
Shanks, and Meyer, of Santa Clara University, (2008), "Ethics refers to well based
standards of right and wrong that
prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits
to society, fairness, or specific
virtues." I am going to examine and discuss both personal and professional ethics,
while explaining the importance of
understanding one’s own personal ethical perspective.
Personal ethics are based on someone’s beliefs, values, and morals as well as
determining what is right and what is wrong.
There can be many things that influence a person’s ethical standards. Some of these
might include family, religion, and
culture. Parents and family are usually the foundation of a person’s ethical
perceptions. From birth, most parents teach
their children the differences between right and wrong as well as how they should
behave in public. Often, if parents have
a good ethical perspective, the child will adopt some of the same beliefs, values,
and morals. Religion can also influence
someone’s ethical perspective. In many religions, it is taught that good will always
prevail over evil, which can be a
foundation for a person’s ethical decisions. Another influence on a person’s ethical
perspective is culture. Each culture
has cultural norms, which is what the majority of people use and follow. In many
cultures, going against cultural norms
such as committing a crime, which would be considered wrong, would be reprimanded or
possibly endure time in jail.
Professional ethics may include showing integrity, being honest, and showing respect
to other co-workers as well as clients
in the workplace. Like personal ethics, professional ethics can also be influenced
by a person’s family, religion, and
culture. It is often thought that if a person has a good personal ethical
perspective then they will also have a good
professional ethical perspective. While this may be correct in most cases, it is not
in all cases. For example, I worked
with someone who had a good personal ethical perspective. He was a good Christian
man who followed cultural norms and made
good choices. However, during work, he was caught stealing money from a register and
was terminated. It was a very big
surprise because I thought of him as a person who had good beliefs, values, and
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morals. Some people who are ethically good
in their personal lives may be ethically corrupt in their professional lives.
In the ethical awareness inventory, my ethical perspective is based “on the results
or consequences of [my] actions. [I]
believe that conduct should be directed toward promoting the greatest good for the
greatest number of persons.” (, 2008). I found this to be interesting and very much on target because in my
personal and…