Ethics in the workplace can work for you in basically two ways. They can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. (Employee Motivation Skills, 2009) Organizations that have a well defined ethics policy that is followed closely will have better morale. Organizations that don’t will have all kinds of personnel issues and high turnover. Ethics is the glue that holds organizations together. (Employee Motivation Skills, 2009) Ethics is a fundamental business term because it can and does apply to all workplaces. Regardless of the organizational function, employees who fail to maintain an ethical standard in their workplace can raise the possibility of not only organizational corruption but also legal liabilities. (Employee Motivation Skills, 2009) In any role, it is vital that employees conduct themselves in accordance with both workplace policies, as well as any state and federal laws. So how can we encourage ethical behavior in the workplace? It can be broken down into a couple of steps that can help promote ethical behavior in the workplace. First is Own Up. The saying “bad news does not grow better with age” is true. But what makes a problem or bad situation worse is when employees that are responsible for a mistake fail to raise the issue to management so that it can be fixed. (Nickels, 2009) Often times problems get bigger and can snowball out of hand quickly. With this being said, situations can get worse when employees cast blame against each other. The best thing for an employee to do when they make a mistake is tell their supervisor or manager and take responsibility. This will help cut of the blame game.
In addition to the ability to being able to conduct damage control, employees who own up to their mistakes will more likely be seen as dependable and trustworthy. (Nickels, 2010) Supervisors know that if an employee voluntarily steps forward to admit their own mistake they will be less likely to cover something up.
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