Personal Ethics Statement
I determine what is right or wrong by looking at issues through a legal standpoint. “Is what I am about to do against the law?” If not, then I will most likely proceed with the issue. If the decision is illegal, and will result in jail time, I will not follow through on the decision. However, I may also take into account empathy. Putting myself in someone else’s shoes to see how they would feel about it. For example, if I had just bought some supplies from Wal-Mart, and I was given twenty dollars back, instead of the correct change, ten dollars, I would probably keep the money. If the same situation happened but at a small, local convenience store, I would address the issue to the clerk and get the appropriate change back.
My personal ethics perspective is molded through the influences of my parent’s morals and values, my schools values, and my ability to empathize with others. For instance, whenever dealing with an ethical decision, I inherently think, “how would all parties involved in a situation feel after I made some decision?” If the benefits outweighed the costs, I would likely carry out my decision. If it were the reverse, costs outweighed benefits, I would alter my decision.
On a professional level, I expect myself to keep all promises that I make, but also to not make too many promises. I expect myself to make tough decisions and take risks, rather than sit on the sidelines waiting for someone else to make opportunities happen. Taking risks shows that you can think ahead and that you’re able to adapt to new ideas. For instance, if my boss said that he needs a project done by this Monday, and I’m unsure if I can meet the deadline, I will respond, “I’ll do my best to get you that project by Monday”. Then I will work whatever hours necessary to get that pitch book done. If somehow the pitch book is not done, I at least know that I did best to meet the deadline, and frankly, I know there was...
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