Professional Values and Ethics Paper
Rhonda Beron, Andrea De Los Santos,
Emilie Goodman, and LaToya Sims
August 16, 2010
Abstract The purpose of this paper is to discuss the relationship among professional values, ethics, and career success. A person’s personal values and ethics can influence their professional values and ethics in the workplace. Finding the right balance between personal and professional views in the workplace will help foster a successful career. This paper will cover professional values and ethics and how they can influence the success of a career. Also discussed is how professional values and ethics are based on the foundations of personal values, professional and academic integrity. Professional Values and Ethics Paper
Ethics and Values
“Values refer to moral principles or other judgments of worth”. (Cambridge, 2006). Values are the personal beliefs and ideas of an individual or a social group. A person’s values may determine the standards by which they measure the worth or importance of their life or how they choose to live their life, such as the religion they practice, or how they view education or social freedom. Ethics are defined as a “Branch of philosophy concerned with the nature of ultimate value and the standards by which human actions can be judged right or wrong”. (Britannica Concise Encyclopedia, 2006) An individual’s ethics determines how they deal with the right and wrong of certain actions as determined by their values or by society. A person’s ethics may be defined by society’s belief of what is ethically and morally acceptable. “Professional ethics examines issues, problems, and the social responsibility of the profession itself and individual practitioners in the light of philosophical and, in some contexts, religious principles among which are duty and obligation”. (Wilcox, 2003) In the workplace individuals should learn to incorporate their personal...