March 29, 2010
Ethics is a system of moral values; it is the study of choices people make regarding right and wrong. Integrity is the adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty, demonstrating consistency between ethical principle and ethical practice. Integrity is a measure of character. In most organizations, there is some type form of core values in place or some type of code of ethics that the employees understand and accept. In the Marine Corps, the core values that we practice are; honor, courage, commitment. However, there are a lot of people in today’s society believe that they have compromise their integrity in order to get ahead in life. Integrity in the workplace relates to employee commitment and loyalty. It is the leadership in the workplace that ensure that its employees are presented with values, policies, labor practices, fairness, honesty etc. and to make sure it begins dealing with them. According to a nationwide study tracking integrity in the workplace, the results are mixed, and indicate a number of challenges to business leaders. Half of American working adults believe their senior executives are people of high integrity. The other half feels that integrity policies have been well communicated in their workplaces or that there is little pressure to cut corners on ethics/compliance issues (Walker information Inc. 2010). I’ve been in the military for nearly 15 years now and I can recall a few instances where a Marines ethical integrity has been compromised in order to get ahead in their career. I don’t know of anyone personally that have put themselves in that situation. “Public Administration employees, including federal, state, and local government employees, are among the most negative about ethics in their workplace. Only twenty-seven in the government were comfortable reporting misconduct, compared with forty percent in Health
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