Ethics : Ethics And Behavior

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Ethics in the workplace can most closely be defined as a set of rules, regulations and principles employees and employers are expected to follow in an effort to create a harmonious working environment. The importance of these rules can not be overstated. “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 as high morale and teamwork are two ingredients for success” (Amico). Creating an ethical workplace is essential to a thriving business and is a joint responsibility of management and employees. By understanding the consequences of the failure to construct such an environment, and taking thoughtful and deliberate steps to confront infractions, businesses can avoid one of the largest barriers to a harmonious workplace and overall productivity. Misconduct appears in many forms. There are small, personal infractions that, on the surface, don’t affect the company much at all; the employee embellishing his work title when seeking out clients, the office affair that is supposed to remain harmless fun, the employee who fakes being sick to spend time at the beach because they just don’t want to spend a beautiful day inside working. Each of these issues seems small in nature. However, what happens when a potential client realizes they have been deceived? What happens when the office fling begins to expect or hand out special favors? What happens when fellow employees, who have had to work overtime to cover for a missing coworker sees Instagram pictures revealing a day in the sun instead of home in bed. At the very least, each of these violations undermine the trust ... ... middle of paper ... ...er zones”: conflicting goals, fear of retaliation, avoidance, rationalization, lower thresholds and euphemisms (Meinert, 2014). Michael C. Hyter, senior partner, at Korn Ferry in Washington, DC, describes these processes simply as implementing what “makes it easy to do the right thing and makes it difficult to do the wrong thing.” One only needs to look at the increase in ethics training programs implemented by corporations over the past few decades to understand that there is a direct correlation between solid ethical practices and productivity. From small infractions such as misuse of the company printer to larger, more direct violations such as insider trading scandals, breeches in workplace ethics undermine a company’s effectiveness. Recognizing, addressing, correcting and training when it comes to ethical workplace practices are key to the success of a business.
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