Employment and Personal Values

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What do you do if your personal values are in conflict with organizational/interpersonal business protocols?| Reaction Paper – Week 2|
Professional Development MBA-525-MBOL5|
Kelly M. Mistretta|
7/15/2012|

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Values are a part of each of us. Our value system is influenced from birth by family members. As we grow, our values continue to be shaped by our family, in addition to outside influences such as teachers, friends and other mentors. In our professional life, we will most likely be faced at some point in time, with a conflict between our personal values and a professional situation. It is important to handle the conflict with dignity and to find a solution to the conflict in which your individual values are maintained, as well as your professional integrity.

Personal values act as motivators and impact priorities. Examples of motivating values are achievement, happiness, advancement/promotion, and family. “To gain a better understanding of how your values motivate you to set priorities, try looking at your personal activities.” (Values, 8) When making a decision based on your personal values and the activities that influence these values, it is important to realize that the priority that you place on these values will potentially have both positive and negative consequences. When choosing a career at a company, you should recognize the potential consequences and conflicts that you may be faced with. It is important to distinguish carefully between your personal values and organizational values.

When faced with a situation that you feel uncomfortable with in a professional situation, you should first consult with your company’s Code of Conduct. It is possible that the situation also is in conflict with the Code of Conduct. Although the law does not require a Code of Conduct, “company leaders see the benefit of having their ethical policies formalized.” (Pace, 28) Codes of Conduct are beneficial to employers, because it...
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