November 12, 2013
Ethical standards can be used to deal with organizational issues in various ways. As managers of companies and every day individual’s it is vital that everyone care about ethics, regardless of the type of work he or she does. Feeling good about whatever type of labor he or she does, ensuring no harm to others, and how others are treated are important reasons. People depend on organizations to care enough about proper ethical standards, facilitating the boundaries of acceptable and unacceptable conduct. Businesses may be concerned with ethical practices to circumvent criminal liability or possibly obtaining a bad reputation. Still others are attentive on behaving ethically for the reason that the CEO or owner of such business holds a certain code of beliefs, doing what is right and aspire to be element of an honest and ethical environment. Ethical blunders can damage an organization by destroying customer confidence, causing escalated government regulation, and of course, enormous fines. These very same blunders can be detrimental to an individual person as he or she moves along in his or her day-to-day life.
The Responsibility Project
The film I chose addressing ethical issues is “The Party Guest” http://responsibility-project.libertymutual.com/films/party-guest. The film is about a dinner party a young couple is having, guests arriving, and two in particular who seem at first attracted to one another. The dilemma is simply that later in the evening the single guy following the unknowing single woman and is watching her in the host’s back room where he is witness to her stealing what appears to be an expensive gold clock placing into to coat pocket. His face shows dismay but is quiet about it. Later in the evening the host asks him if he can give the single woman a ride home, (as if playing match maker), and he agrees to do so. He goes to the back room to obtain her coat, drives her home, she offers the invite to come inside, and he promptly declines. She believes she has been rejected and is confused but does not ask why, and leaves his car. The end of the clip shows the host in her guest room where the golden clock is still on her vanity. Clearly he put the clock back when he retrieved the ladies coat.
Importance of Film Issues
There are four different issues identified in this short film, stealing, loyalty, morals, and dating (Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, 2013). These issues are important because although the film is showing these characteristics in a personal setting they also apply in the work life as well. Each of these issues are relevant in the workplace. Stealing is identified as a character flaw, morally wrong, and more important is illegal. Simply that she was stealing from a friend shows lack of loyalty, another character flaw. These major character flaws show lack of morals, no sense of personal code to which behavior is upheld. Dating may be prohibited in many organizations but not all, thus making this issue very relevant to ethical issues in the way that we would select a person for a job we also look to choose someone with same value system to spend our time with.
Social Pressures Influencing Organizational Ethics
Social pressure performs a key role in establishing corporate strategy and performance. Social pressure and social performance support each other (Shao, 2013). Companies increase responsible performance in response to pressure. An example is Wal-Mart, responding to reporters by implementing more advanced employee, community, and environmental procedures, including proposals to reduce energy use and require eco-responsibility with its suppliers (Shao, 2013).
The act of steal and lack of loyalty issues are relevant to organizational and personal decisions in regard to legality and what is known as whistle blowing. When dealing with stealing either in personal or in an