Ethics in the workplace play an important part of your life. It determines how you make choices and handle the consequences if things don't work out. This goes for both management and employees.
How successful your company is depends on how the management and your employees interact with each other and with your customers.
Over the last few years, there have been some ethical issues with major players in the business world. This includes the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Bernie Madoff scandal.
You would think these types of social ethics are everywhere. They really aren't. Its just the few that the media have jumped on and made it appear like it is.
Most businesses follow an ethical code of conduct. It plays out in how responsible of a person you are and whether you are accountable for your actions. Your own personal ethics in the workplace play a major role as well.
Making the wrong choice and not owning up to it, can lead to guilt and entrapment within your mind. Either making the right choice or correcting what was wrong can lift the burden off of your shoulders.
There are some instances, due to lack of time, where you will take shortcuts to reach a deadline. All the corners that you shaved off will begin to add up and start to reflect on your beliefs and values.
These social ethics could cause problems or turn you off to your dreams. By being honest with yourself and others in all parts of your life builds up your integrity and makes you a complete person.
For example, two young women were working on a project and they came across some technical difficulties. These problems could not be corrected by the deadline, so they improvised with something else. The people accepting the project were content with the outcome, but the young women didn't feel right about how the project was done.
Instead of moving on to the next project, they chose to redo it and accept the repercussions from it. They felt this was the right thing to do and it left their integrity intact. The person receiving the final project was impressed with their values and how they wanted to make things right.
Your integrity will keep you honest with both ethics in the workplace and social ethics. You need to tell it like it is. If the truth needs to be told, then say it. Don't gloss over it and tell people only what they want to hear.
Also, don't over commit yourself to things that you know you can't complete. When you have too much on your plate you can't always get everything done.
Sometimes the circumstances could change before you finish a project. So you need to weigh all options before you commit to the project. There could be events that happen and you no longer will be able to keep the commitment.
For example, you promise to to keep a project within a certain budget. The price of oil goes sky high, which affects the price of all your parts.
Because you have to pay more for parts, the circumstances have changed. You no longer can provide the project at a lower price.
Keeping up with social ethics in the workplace can be affected by negative comments as well. Some employees might talk about others behind their back or just downright disrespect them.
Whether you are an employee or a manager, you probably don't want to be drawn into that conversation. But, sometimes you need to.
As a manager, you need to take control of the situation and make sure the other person knows about your company's ethics in the workplace rules. As a peer, you can do something about any negative comments towards someone.
Everyone gets involved in office talk or idle gossip, but if you want to keep up your integrity you should stop these comments from spreading. Rather than saying anything in return, ask the person if they really believe the gossip. If they do tell them, "it's your choice" or you can just walk away.
You're better off not joining in with the office talk. If you do, then you begin to have negative feelings. These negative feelings tend to distract you from working towards your passions and dreams.
There are times when you do need a trusted friend to talk about situations in the office or at home. Rather than telling everyone around you, just tell this one friend and ask their opinion on what they would do. You'll be able to keep your integrity by doing what is right as well as vent your frustrations.
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