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Workplace Ethics

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Jack Ross

on 12 December 2013

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Workplace Ethics


What are workplace ethics?
The historical perspective of workplace ethics.
The importance of workplace ethics.
Positive & Negatives of workplace ethics.
What do experts say about workplace ethics and how it affects businesses.
Enhanced workplace ethics measures.
What companies and organizations have positive or negative images as it relates to workplace ethics.
What Are Workplace Ethics?
A person’s moral ethics are developed during childhood and through adolescence and adulthood.
Learned through interaction with peers, family, mentors, and other significant people
Individual ethics will influence how they behave in the workplace because they internalize the values and norms that were instilled in them since they were a child.

Workplace Ethics
Positive Workplace Ethics
It’s important to understand positive work ethic because doing so leads to working towards goals.
Negative Workplace Ethics
Negative work ethics can lower productivity, and the company would eventually lose most if not all of their profits.
Stealing from the organization
Falsifying records
Harassment of co-workers or clients
Irresponsible behavior.
According to ethics.org, 72% spend at least some time of their workday on social networking sites. 28% say such activity adds up to an hour or more of every workday. A third admit none of their activity is work related.
Historical Perspective
of Workplace Ethics
The key elements were diligence, punctuality, deferment of gratification, and primacy of the work domain which is now known in the western society as some of the key elements to positive work ethic
Originated from the 16th century during the Protestant Reformation
Before the 16th century, there were so many negative connotations with the thought of work, and was thought to be a curse set upon humans as a punishment for original sin by God.
Max Weber who was a German economic sociologist called the new beliefs the “Protestant ethics”.
The Importance of Workplace Ethics
It is important for people to understand why work place ethics are important. It can be detrimental to an entire organization if an unethical behavior becomes a norm within the organization.
Workplace ethics can not only be detrimental to those who are employed in the organization, but also the people who have stakes in the company such as stock holders and other outside groups.
Experts Opinion regarding Workplace Ethics
According to Resource Center’s 2000 National Business Ethics Survey (NBES), 90% of employees say that their organizations have a written and formal ethics program in place, but only 65% percent of these employees say that their employers provide training on these standards.

2 out of 5 employees experience misconduct but don't report.
Fear of being labled a "snitch"
Viewed as untrustworthy towards fellow co-workers

Organizations need to set a precedence that anyone who sees misconduct must report to keep the ethical behavior compliance at 100%.
Enhancing Workplace Ethics
Enhancing work place ethics is crucial to any organization that is striving to achieve its goals.
Code of Conduct:
Purpose: The ultimate goal for enhancing workplace ethics is so that everyone is on the same page and knows the values and principles that govern them.
Ethical Programs
Educational Videos
Mission Statements
Weekly/Bi-Weekly Meetings
Training Implementations
Advisory Services
Implementing ethical training and educational programs for employees ensures that the companies’ assets are protected, productivity and teamwork is emphasized, the public image remains intact, and decision-making is effective and direct.
A strong ethical culture within a firm ensures that all assets are protection
90 % of employees said it was a very unethical company.
Employees were indoctrinated by executives to cut as many corners to make a profit. One bad move after another and you create a culture top to bottom with unethical decisions.
In 2001 SEC received an avg. 6400 reports a month from "whistleblowers" reporting financial fraud.
CEO Kozlowski & CFO Swartz
Stole 120+ million in bonuses without approval from Tyco Directors.
Abused the employee loan program
Misrepresented the company’s financial condition to investors to boost the stock price while selling $575 million in stock
Pricewaterhousecoopers also got their "chunk" when they agreed to sign off on their fluffy numbers from Tyco
Ethics is an extremely important aspect of the workplace. Organizational ethics should always be at the forefront of employees’ minds when making decisions in a working environment.
According to Cornelius Von Baeyer (1999)
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