Ethical Behavior in the Workplace

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Final Paper: Ethical Behavior in the Workplace
Mirinda Frazier
SOC 402
Instructor Dana Rock
6/25/2012

Ethical Behavior in the Workplace
An organization should perform with ethical conduct at all times- this means that both the employers and employees must act respectably throughout all the various dimensions of business practice and transactions with consistent ethicality. Good business ethics are vital for the success of any organization, and should be established from the very beginning; an organization will function better when the company morale is high, and the organization is built upon a strong ethical foundation. When the groundwork is paved with a concrete set of business ethics, this provides a more meaningful workplace, and a more clearly outlined path for the organization to follow- correctly guiding behavior and business transactions in the right direction. An organization which functions unethically, in my opinion, will not function successfully. Despite how much money a business makes, it is worth nothing without integrity. Integrity is something that cannot be bought by a company; when all the money is gone, the only thing left at the end of the day that really counts is the integrity of the organization. Without integrity a company is ultimately unethical, and entirely worthless; good business ethics can make or break a company, and heavily depends upon whether or not the company will succeed.

What are Business Ethics? Why are they Important?
Dictionary.com (2012) lists ethical as “pertaining to or dealing with morals, or the principles of morality; pertaining to right and wrong in conduct…being in accordance with the rules and standards, for right conduct or practice, especially the standards of a profession.” Ethics, or the choice of morality between what is right and wrong really comes down to individual belief- not everyone will agree on everything at the same time, and it is natural for people to have different opinions, as expected some divergence will exist. However, to help everyone within the company to ‘stay on the same page’ it is important to develop and have a set standard or ‘code of conduct’ so that everyone understands proper company etiquette and the individual company’s protocol. Having a ‘code of conduct’ or system in place helps to guide behavior in the right direction, and to eliminate any discrepancies. When an organization has a set of business standards in place for what is acceptable/right conduct, this helps to instill ethical behavior as a principle requirement and as a customary aspect to the organization’s existence. An organization is better equipped to sustain ethically when the company protocol necessitates proper and ethical behavior. Having good business ethics should be a fundamental component to the organizational life; business ethics significantly impact all levels of business transaction as well as everyone that is affiliated: the people (employers, employees, customers, investors, etc.). Having good workplace ethics helps to ensure that all business transactions are conducted in an ethical manner- both within all the business relations involved within the internal and external environmental. Viara Giraffe (2011), author of Contemporary Social Issues and the Workplace explains that, “From a socioeconomic perspective, a business organization's responsibility extends beyond meeting the goals of profit or productivity and includes an implicit obligation to customers, employees, and the community as well.” In A Study in Business Ethics, author Rituparna Raj (2009) also talks about how a business has a sociological and economical responsibility to practice proper business; he explains that a business is not only an economic entity, but is also considered a sociological institutions as well as they operate within a social structure, and influence social lifestyles- therefore they have a social and economic responsibility beyond using this as an...
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