Ethics in the Workplace

Ever since we were kids and became aware of our surroundings, our parents and elders have instilled in us a fundamental awareness of what is right and wrong. We understand that we must do to other people what we expect them to do to us in return.

For this, we try very hard to do what we feel and see as the right things to do in certain situations. This is the foundation of ethics. They are rules of conduct that shows how our society expects us to behave and are the guiding principles behind the creation of laws.

Ethics is about behavior. In the face of dilemma, it is about doing the right thing. It comes from within a person’s moral sense and desire to preserve his self respect.

In the workplace, being ethical may involve acting morally right, being honest, not cheating your employer, co-workers, or customers, not stealing from the supply closet, and generally treating your co-workers well. Other ethical situations may involve harassment, inappropriate use of the Internet, outside-of-work activities, etc.

In an organization, workplace behavior ethics should be a core value. Aside from doing the right thing, conducting ourselves ethically has great rewards and returns. Being ethical is essential to fixing problems and improving processes. It is needed to establish baseline measures and increase efficiencies. Most importantly, it is essential to having strong working relationships with people.

The usage of proper ethics in any workplace is vital to the success of the company.

Summing-up: Ethics must be applied every time you have to make a decision about what’s the “right” thing to do. Ethics has to come with the persons. Never underestimate the role you play in implementing an ethical workplace.

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