February 4, 2013
Workplace Ethical Dilemma
I have often thought of myself as a good person. My parents raised me to respect my elders, be kind to animals and children, and to say always please. These are good qualities for a person to have, but it is important to know why people have these qualities. Showing common courtesy to someone may make an impact in that person’s day, but in the workplace common courtesy, especially unwarranted can lead to trouble. Every workplace has a code of conduct and ethics followed by all their employees. It is in the best interest of the employee to become familiar with his or her own workplace code of conduct and ethics. The difference between code of conduct and code of ethics is that a code of conduct is physical, and a code of ethics is mental. Code of conduct refers to one’s actions and code of ethics is related more to one’s morality. For example: You work at a company, and you become enraged with a coworker and hit him or her. Your conduct is your action-the hitting. If you believed the way you react when you are upset is wrong that would be your ethics. If you were to apply this to a business setting the ethics would be in the company believing that this behavior is not acceptable.
In 2009, I was employed by a hospital as a housekeeper. My title was Support Associate. The duties of the job included cleaning and maintain the unit that was assigned to me for the day. One day as I was performing my duties, I came across a patient who was complaining of chest pains and asked me to get his nurse. I stopped what I was doing and went to the nurse’s station and asked for the nurse who was in charge of the patient in room “A”. I found the nurse who was in charge of the patient in room “A” and told her that her patient was complaining of chest pains and was asking for her. The nurse shrugged me off and said to me the patient has been...