As professionals, we have an individual opportunity and a standard of responsibility to be committed to the standards of quality of ethical and moral standards in the workplace. Employees having a high ethical standard are paramount to the success of any organization and acting in an unethical manner will almost ultimately destroy it. This essay will provide some basic ethical guidelines that apply to organizations, why unethical behavior is happening in the workplace, and finally, it will identify ways in which management and organizations can encourage ethical behavior.
The definition of ethical behavior is a way of interaction within a company, community, and culture of an organization that tends to be good for the business and involves demonstrating respect for vital moral principles that generally includes integrity, fairness, dignity, and basic rights. Unethical behavior is any action that is set out to taking advantage of another without their knowledge or consent. Even though unethical behavior is bad, not all unethical situations are illegal. Today’s society has been completely out of touch with the most the most basic principles of integrity and moral fairness. There is so much corruption in business today that the true meaning of ethical behavior has almost been forgotten. Because of these reasons, many organizations have put specific guidelines in place to ensure that unethical behavior can be quickly identified and dealt with. One of the easiest ways that an employee can keep from being unethical is just doing the right thing, for the right reasons, at the right time. In the Marine Corps, we call that Honor, Courage and Commitment and being faithful to you and the institution that you are a part of. Some other guidelines are honesty. Employees should be truthful and of the highest integrity. If you want others to...
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