September 27, 2010
Ethical and Moral Issues in Business
To be employed by an employer or self and rendering income for services is accomplished successfully through good practice of ethical and moral behavior. Even though morals and ethics are commonly related to individual character, ethics and morals are also applied to business. According to the definition of ethics in Business Ethics, ethics focuses more on conduct through expectations, principles and norms that governs an individual or group. Ethics also stress a social system to which morals are applied and without good morals to influence ethical behavior at work, we come upon issues that affect the way employees perform and behave. “Morality consists of rules of human behavior and specifies that certain actions are wrong or immoral and that others are right or moral (DeGeorge, 2010)”. The difference between ethical issues and moral issues is based on an individual’s character and behavior depending on their environment. In relation to business, moral issues are individual misconduct in the workplace. Business is considered to be a human activity and can individuals can be evaluated in this activity like any other activities humans participate in. In business, a moral background is expected of individuals employed by employers and when behavior expectations are not met, employees are considered to be immoral and such behavior can be grounds for termination. Immorality is always present in business just as it exists in other aspects of life. Ethical issues in reference to business are a set of guidelines an employee does not follow or disregards. As employees, there are standards and norms employees are expected to know and understand upon employment and this is learned through guidelines given by upper management or Human Resources. “…ethics presupposes the existence of morality, as well as the existence of moral...