Ethics In The Workplace

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Ethics in the work place

In the workplace ethics increases the chance for more positive results. Honesty is a trait that is learned and when mastered, could help benefit an individual or company. Without ethics chances are constantly taken, leaving unknown results. These results could leave a company with outstanding profit gains or bankruptcy. The reason ethics is important in the workplace is because it will allow every worker who contributes to the production of the company receive proper recognition and reward, if any, based on that workers contribution. Here is Debbie Jones’ story.

Years ago, I sought out freelance assignments to try to help make ends meet. I initially found a position as a Webmaster for an online Children’s e-Book site. The work was fairly intense; it was my job to create a website design as well as new characters. The company (nonprofit) did have two main characters. I worked on the website almost 12 hours per day creating web graphics, illustrators and even multimedia applications using Flash. My responsibilities grew to managing the Illustrators’ / Writers’ book submissions that were handed off to two Flash Animators. The books were rewoven into Flash and included small amount of animations as well as narration.

While the Illustrator’s / Writer’s were under contracts stating they were only paid a percentage of all book sales, there was nothing governing the sales of incentials, such as the multimedia versions of the books being sold on CD, or plushies (stuffed versions of the books characters) being sold. I found supporting documentation that the companies sponsors did contribute heavily ($50,000 plus per sponsor), and that website hosting and administration fees were also being covered by one ...

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In the end, ethics is not only good for the employee but for the employer as well.

The relevance of how the process plays serves as the flagship of good communication across the board for all involved. If the ingredients are placed well, the outcome is surely to be positive.


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