Ethics in the Workplace

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Are Ethics practiced every minute of every day and by everyone? The Oxford English Dictionary (2006) defines ethics as, "Science of morals; the department of study concerned with the principles of human duty." There are two roles of ethical reasoning. One is good and the other is bad. It is for each of us to decide if an action preformed by ourselves or another is good or bad. There are as many different opinions on ethics as there are differences in people. When we are actively involved in the world, be it on the freeway, waiting in line, at work or school, we are constantly faced with challenges. Whether consciously or unconsciously, moments and situations arise that will question our common sense ethics. Depending on your definition of ethics, you will have to decide what you will be able to live with. For it is true, for every action you take, there are consequences. We must be able to live with those consequences. There are no wrong or right answers to an ethical question. Each and every one of us is individuals, with our own opinions and ways of expressing those opinions. We all make ethical decisions every minute of every day. Whether it is at work, home or out with friends we are making ethical decisions. The most common reasoning we use when a question of ethics arises is how it will affect us and others. This reasoning stems from the idea what we do and say has results, good or bad. Some people believe when they "sin" also known as, Theological thinking, they consciously know what they are doing is wrong. Yet others believe if you don't know it's a "sin" it's not. This way of thinking could simply be left to interpretation and not be a solid argument to support a violation of ethics. How would this idea of "sin" apply to ethics in general? A common phrase used by religious and non-religious believers is, "only do...
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