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Ethics 1 Ethics in the Workplace Daniel Lyautey American Public University System
Ethics 2 Abstract Ethical dilemmas are faced every day in the workplace, and unfortunately everyone will probably be faced with one personally. In the broad sense of the word, ethics can be viewed as positive behaviors where we look out for our own best interest, as well as, others around us. The question or dilemma is whether or not you will allow unethical behaviors to continue, or will you step in and stop it? Ethical behavior and practices start from the top, so it is imperative that managers are making morally and ethically sound decisions especially with how much diversity is in the workforce. Managers or supervisors will probably be faced with ehtical dilemmas between workers every week which means they have to be ready to step in to resolve issues between employees to ensure that the code of ethics that the company published is being upheld. Today, a few common ethical dilemmas will be discussed. Next, you will hear about how ethics in the workplace has changed over the last 100 years, and the financial meltdown of 2007- 2008. We will discuss diversity and discrimination, and how it impacts the workforce. Lastly, some companies think volunteering is very important, so volunteering in a company will be discussed. By now you should know that every one in the workplace is different from everyone else which means that you can be faced with a lot of different unethical behaviors. One type of unethical behavior is when someone is less than honest about company time. Some examples of this can be when the employee shows up late for work, shows up from lunch late, or when they
Ethics 3 leave early from work, but they document their time as if none of that happened. You can also classify this as stealing company time, and this dilemma can be a huge issue in the workforce. There are unethical behaviors that happen almost every day that goes uncorrected which sends a message that it isn’t an unethical behavior, and maybe the employee truly doesn’t know it is unethical because everyone does it. Managers set the example from the top of the company pyramid, so it is up to them to show the employees the importance of the company’s code of conduct and what is right and wrong in their workplace (Askew, 2015). Another type of unethical behavior is someone that creates a hostile workplace. This example would definitely fall under the code of conduct or code of ethics that the company has published but can be a very big issue.

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