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5: Be Ethical at Work

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    This chapter will discuss some of the challenges associated with conflicting values, social responsibility of companies, and how to manage this in the workplace.

    • 5.0: Prelude to Being Ethical at Work
    • 5.1: An Ethics Framework
      Ethics is defined as a set of values that define right and wrong. Can you see the challenge with this ambiguous definition? What exactly is right and wrong? That obviously depends on the person and the individual situation, which is what makes ethics difficult to more specifically define. Values are defined as principles or standards that a person finds desirable. So we can say that ethics is a set of principles that a person or society finds desirable and help define right and wrong.
    • 5.2: Making Ethical Decisions
      Now that we have working knowledge of ethics, it is important to discuss some of the models we can use to make ethical decisions. Understanding these models can assist us in developing our self-management skills and relationship management skills. These models will give you the tools to make good decisions, which will likely result in better human relations within your organization.
    • 5.3: Social Responsibility
      Being socially responsible shows both social awareness and self-management skills—i.e., an awareness of how our decisions affect others. This section will discuss social responsibility on the corporate level and social responsibility on the individual level. As we discussed with ethical company standards, it is difficult to separate corporate ethics and corporate social responsibility from individual ethics and social responsibility, since people are the ones making the corporate policies.
    • 5.S: Be Ethical at Work (Summary)