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Ethics in the Workplace



What do Ethics in the Workplace Consist of?

•The application of moral principles, standards of behavior, or set of values regarding proper conduct in the workplace as individuals and in a group setting
•Ethics allow you to distinguish the difference between right and wrong
Ethics in the Workplace

The Essentials
Every company is different but they all should take the following into consideration:

Relationships and Ethics
•Ethics applies to any relationship between the following individuals:
•Communication is key among management, employees, and customers in order for respect to be extended to each person within the organization, and promote relationships that are based on honesty and integrity
•Be cautious to cross the line between personal friendships in the workplace and professionalism

What are some examples of good ethics in the workplace?
Good Workplace Ethics
•Staying productive
•Be accountable for your actions
•Take initiative
•Think critically to be able to solve problems
•Blowing the whistle
•Be punctual
•Stay positive
•Stay professional
•Take pride in your work
•Immediately attempting to correct an issue
•Set the example

How to Encourage Good Ethics in the Workplace
•Fair consequences
•Fair treatment
•Communication (be clear and consistent)
•Have office policies
•Have plans of action
•Constructive feedback

Benefits of Good Ethics in the Workplace
•Desirable work environment
•Produce results
•Build good references
•Good office morale
•Growth and expansion

What are some examples of poor ethics in the workplace?
Illegal practices
•Ignoring procedures and policies
•Abusing confidentiality agreements
•Falsifying information
•Making decisions for your own personal gain
•Lack of communication
•Withholding information

Poor customer services
•Abusing computer privileges
•Ignoring problems
•Taking on roles that are not under your job title
•Being unpunctual; poor attendance

Rationalization by the Wrongdoer
•Attempt by wrongdoer to justifying why they acted a certain way:
•Everybody does it
•It’s not part of my job description
•Nobody is going to notice
•I don’t get paid enough
•Unrealistic expectations of what the job entails

Consequences of Poor Ethics in the Workplace
•Stricter rules
•Fewer privileges
•An undesirable work environment
•Stunts growth and productivity
•Causes a domino affect among other colleagues
•Potential job loss
•Potential closing of the organization

How to Make Ethical Decisions
1) Review the goal
2) Look at your options
3) Determine the consequences
4) Make the correct decision
•Be objective
•Set the example
•Avoid conforming to the norm


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