As an employee in today’s workforce it is not uncommon to come across a decision in which you must make an ethical decision. Let’s say one day you are working for a major company and your boss comes to you and tells you to go to the file cabinet and shred a couple of files and he leaves it at that. What do you do? Do you go ahead and listen because you are afraid of being fired or do you ask him what the files are about and decide to make a moral decision? What if without your knowledge your boss messed up the files and he stole money from clients in order to increase company profits. He knows that people are finding this information out and asks you to erase the files completely so no one will know the truth and the company will be saved. Although you know that the files contain important information do you still go ahead and shred them even though your boss can turn on you in order to save himself. These are the tough ethical decision that one must face. Personally I believe that if you follow some simple steps you can make ethical decisions that will help you in the workforce. The first step towards making an ethical decision would be to realize your values and beliefs. In order to make an ethical decision you must choose to do what you think is the right thing to do no matter what you are asked. If you have any doubts in what you are told you must voice up and stand by what you believe in. If someone jumps off a bridge would you follow them? No! You have to be a leader and do what you feel is right just like if someone asks you to do something you are uncomfortable with; you are not forced to do anything unless you agree with what you are doing. In my own opinion I strongly believe that honesty and hard work are the keys to success. I am always honest with people and I do not lie which makes me into a strong and trustworthy person. I know this attribute will lead me to great success in the business world. Becoming successful does not happen overnight it takes hard work and if you have these simple values, any decision you are given can be an easy decision to make. The next step towards making an ethical decision would be to take a step back and look at the situation as a whole. Analyze the situation to come up with a rational thought. Like the example above, if your boss asks you to just shred some files, do you think they are just files. Take a step back from the situation and think about what you were asked to do. Since your boss asked you to shred files in a major company what could they be? He could be asking you to shred away any evidence of fraudulent conduct. It could be important evidence in a lawsuit and all of a sudden you are brought into the mix. Instead of your boss getting in a lot of trouble and you out of a job, you could be brought into the lawsuit and seriously fined with jail time. Think about that, instead of just being out of a job you will be jailed and the rest of your life could be in ruins. All it takes is some time to step away and analyze the situation you have been presented. After coming up with a rational decision you can ask someone you trust for an opinion. Calling ones parents or close friend or even a loved one could be crucial in making a moral decision because the decisions you make don’t only affect you. If you take part in a decision like the one above and you are found guilty you are not only ruining your life but you are also hurting the lives of people close to you. What parent wants to turn on the news and see their child being taken to jail as the headlines? No…
Consensual Relationship Agreements
January 27, 2013
Relationships in the workplace are a serious issue. People whom spend more time at work than outside of work typically find it easier to have common interest with co-workers. My current work environment at Target, have created a consensual relationship agreement. The polices of consensual relationship address the issue of any unwanted, sexual, or harassments toward any employee. There will be an example…
Ethics and the Workplace
• Laws surrounding employment in healthcare.
• What to do if you are a victim of discrimination.
• How to find the code of ethics related to your
• Medical practice acts.
• Ethical issues surrounding the healthcare
• How to report an ethics violation.
• The progressive discipline technique.
Age Discrimination in Employment Act
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Civil Rights Act
Equal Employment Opportunity…
with honesty and fairness. Google’s Code of Ethics anchors ethical conduct within our organization, setting out guidelines to ensure we act in accordance with legal and internal Group regulations. The Code is supplemented by our ethical/legal procurement guidelines.”4
Google’s Code of Ethics is a clear example of Recognition, and a powerful component of the organization’s ethical toolkit, in accordance with the RDCAR strategy. The Google Code of Ethics is a forty-four (44) page document and it opens…
Ethics in the Work Place
I chose ethics in the workplace because it is a topic that is very important in my opinion, but one that gets overlooked so many times. Each person has their own views and thoughts of what is right and what is wrong and how to deal with them. While you may think that one particular person may not necessarily be right or wrong the law would beg to differ on certain situations. Other times what one considers to be an ethical decision is not always a legal matter, so the line…
consist of periodic retesting of employees who have substance abuse problems and have participated in or completed substance abuse treatment ("Types of Drug Testing", 2011). Random substance abuse testing is most likely to identify any abusers in the workplace. Selection must include everyone within the company. Everyone employee should have an equal chance of being selected so there is no chance for prejudice, favoritism, or influence of the process. This option should be implemented with great caution…
Are the actions of people in the workplace a consequence of individual or organisational characteristics? What would promote ethical behaviour at work?
Unethical decision-making and behaviour within organisations has received increasing attention over the past ten years (McCabe et al 2006). Some of the more recent examples of questionable business ethics include Arthur Anderson, Enron and Merrill Lynch. But being ethical is not simple, there are many factors and contextual…
The prevention of illness, injury or death in the workplace is an HR issue. A comprehensive knowledge of OSHA rules and regulations decreases workers' compensation claims, reduces litigation procedures and avoids federal fines. HR affiliates teach employees general OSHA standards, perform building inspections, establish and post evacuation plans, respond to employee concerns about building or parking lot security, and create health-and-wellness programs.
Workplace ethics and behavior are a crucial part of employment, as both are aspects that can assist a company in its efforts to be profitable. In fact, ethics and behavior are just as important to most companies as performance. Every business, in every industry, has certain guidelines to which its employees must adhere, and frequently outline such aspects in employee handbooks. A code of ethics sets out the company's values, ethics, objective and responsibilities. A well-written…
The Importance of Ethics in the Workplace
In their personal and professional lives, people can and, unfortunately, sometimes do go against their moral and ethical standards. Ethical standards are what it means to be a good person, the social rules that govern our behavior. Ethics in business is essentially the study of what constitutes the right and wrong or the good or bad behavior in the workplace environment. A business is an organization whose objective is to provide goods or services for…
Ethics in Management PHL 323
Ethics in the Workplace Case Study Action Plan
Learning Team B: Cynthia Gibbs
Dr. Christopher Klein, Facilitator
December 11, 2005
Ethics in the Workplace Case Study Action Plan
In 2003, Weyco Inc., a licensed third party medical benefits administrator based in Okemos, Michigan, announced that effective January 1, 2005, they would no longer hire smokers (http://www.weyco.com/web/). They were changing their policy to a Tobacco-Free…