The Ethics Of The Workplace

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Ethics In The Workplace Introduction Ethical behavior is determined by evaluation of what is considered right or wrong on a social and moral level (Peterson, 2002). There are a number of individual, social, organizational and circumstantial factors that are known to influence workplace behaviors and attitudes (Peterson, 2002). Individual and social factors pertain to personal beliefs and characteristics, while organizational and circumstantial factors refer to the shared employee perception of the procedures, processes, and practices, also known as the organizational climate. The organizational climate has been identified as one of the most influential organizational factors that affect employee behavior. The ethical climate of an organization concerns the shared views of what is ethically appropriate and the handling of ethical matters within a company. Factors, like administrative tolerance, or intolerance of unethical behavior, such as misuse of company time, absenteeism, inadequate job performance, and abusive behaviors can significantly impact the ethical climate of the workplace (Peterson, 2002). Ethics codes are created throughout various industries, professions, and organizations across the world; intended to deter unethical, or unfavorable, behavior in the workplace, as well as, establish a broad set of principles for which members of specific organizations should aspire (Faulk Sr., 1995). Although many workplace environments have a written code, some companies simply have ethical beliefs and guidelines that are assumed to be understood by its members. However, written codes are recommended and, often required in certain work environments (Faulk Sr., 1995). The establishment of a relevant and meaningful ethical st... ... middle of paper ... ...for ethical nursing behavior (Fowler, 2010). Conclusion While some scholars have attempted to define ethical behavior by outlining desired or favorable behaviors, others have described it as the absence of negative or unfavorable behaviors. Yet, most scholars agree that defining ethical behavior is based on personal and cultural beliefs of the organization as a whole. In addition, most agree that certain commonalities are present in ethical behaviors. Because the ethics of an organization is a major contributor to its success, it would be reasonable to conclude that organizations could benefit from looking to the nursing profession for guidance in ethical behavior and the development of ethical codes. Perhaps it would be advantageous to incorporate the major elements of the Nursing Code of Ethics, when developing workplace ethics expectations for all professions.

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