“The value of incorporating ethics into the organization’s mission”
Indian River State College
This paper was prepared for MAN3063, taught by Pilly Prashanth on May 30, 2015.
The mission statement of an organization is a snapshot of what the company is and whom they serve. It is a vital guide in communicating an organization’s daily focus to its employees. It is critical that the organization’s ethics and values tie into that mission statement. By incorporating an organization’s ethics into the mission statement, it will provide a base of principles that everyone can easily identify and follow. The guidelines and principles established in an organization help direct its employees and management staff alike. It will help employees in their decision making and daily job functions. If the organization's values are expressed and codified into a code of ethics, with performance guidelines, every member of the organization can assess and act confidently on situations requiring ethical choice (2000). A Code of Ethics should be established as well to reflect the values of an organization. It should include key values such as trustworthiness, respect, fairness, responsibility, caring and citizenship. The Code of Ethics go hand and hand with an organizations mission statement and principles.
Employees want to work for a company that has integrity and good ethics incorporated in their day to day operations. This allows employees to have a sense of personal accountability and responsibility. Also, employees will develop a sense of ownership. When employees take pride in their job, it builds up their confidence and self-esteem. It allows employees to feel valued and it builds trust and loyalty. That trust and loyalty extends to the customer base as well. As Hewson stated, people want to work for--and do business with--companies they believe in; companies that value integrity, accountability and doing the right