The Failure of Structure
Philosophy of Values and Ethics
Everyone brings to the world their own talents, gifts, and abilities. In my early twenties, I realized a personal truth, that there are no limitations to my own personal success other than those I would choose to inflict upon myself. I try to live by the golden rule of do onto others as you would want them to do to you. Many people think I am opinionated and direct. Yes, I do want people to tell me what they think and be direct with me therefore I am that way with most people. I guess you could say I don’t like to sugar coat things. Tell me what the problem or issue is that way I know exactly how to fix it. Where I go wrong is being too direct. I don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings by being direct but at the same time there are some people that just don’t get what you are saying unless you are being direct. I used to be employed at a company that provided IT procurement needs for those in governmental, educational and not-for-profit organizations as well as other well known name companies throughout the United States. The company sold everything from paper and ink cartridges to the world class HP Enterprise Products that you needed to be certified to sell. I was twenty years old when I started working for the company. I was hired on, along with another older woman, to do work as an accounts payable clerk. My work included paying and filing bills, reconciling the bank accounts, the intake of all orders and then tracking them for our clients. After only a few weeks of working the owner asked if I would like to call vendors to get pricing for a bid that was coming up for some desktop computers. I didn’t know much about IT procurement coming into this position but I am always willing to learn new skills and broaden myself through other people and their knowledge, so I excitedly accepted the offer. The owner went on to tell me more in depth about the company. She told me that because the business was a Minority owned, women owned, SBA Certified Hub Zone Participant and a Small Disadvantaged Business that federally funded organization were more likely to do business with. They were a minority business and apparently the governmental agencies had to do so much business per year with minority businesses. Three months had passed by and I the duties that I was hired on to do was long gone and I was now being asked to become the Team Leader of the Purchasing Department. I accepted the trial period that included a pay increase. Over a period of months things began to change. I began working ten to twelve hours a day even going in on the weekends without getting paid, because oh yeah, they failed to tell me that along with my promotion and $2.00 raise I was no longer an hourly employee, but salary. As I expected becoming the Team Leader I was taking on many responsibilities, but I just felt like I was being taken advantage of. She was always talking down to people and making everyone feel beneath her. My 21st birthday party I missed because I was kept late to catch up on work for the office manager. The Office Manager was not a nice person at all. I had to go on weekly business diners with customers and vendors, attended conferences in and out of the state along with training and skill building seminars monthly. All awhile still working more than 70 hours a week and getting paid $12.50 an hour. At one point, my marriage was even strained because I was never at home because of the dependability I had and the crazy hours I worked. I remember one day on break I was told by a co-worker that she was told to contact the airlines to make sure I got my flight and the hotel were the conference was being held to check to see if I had registered. I was so hurt when I heard this. I had worked for this company for close to a year. I had always done everything they had asked! Not once had I ever given them a reason to not trust me. I spoke with the...
Bibliography: Ferrell, O.C, John Fraedrich, and Linda Ferrell. Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases. 7. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008. 496. Print.
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