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Abernathy, Ball, Edwards, Green, and Niles 1 Erin Abernathy, Colby Ball, Savannah Edwards, Luke Green, and David Niles Dr. Moyers Management 3103, “Values and Workplace Ethics” Research Paper 23 April 2008 Values and Workplace Ethics From the time we were old enough to comprehend what we saw and heard we have been absorbing what our society as a whole considers acceptable values, morals, and ethics. We all know that alcohol and drugs are bad, crime is not accepted, and that we need to take care of the world around us. Each individual is unique because no two people think alike; we all have our own ideas of right and wrong. However, what do we do when our personal views interfere with that of our employer? There is no clear solution, but there are many ways by which we can attempt to resolve a problem. In this paper, we will talk about ethical and nonethical values, moral reasoning, values, ethics both here and internationally, and also about the idea of corporate social responsibility. In today’s society, we are separated by our individual definitions of values, ethics, and morals and how they play part in our professional life. In our Management and Organizational Behaviors textbook, we are given the definitions of ethical values and nonethical values. Ethical values “directly relate to beliefs concerning what is right and proper (as opposed to what is simply correct or effective) or that motivate a sense of moral duty” (90). While nonethical values “deal with things we like, desire, or find personally important” (90). With these definitions, anybody could see that individuals often find a fine line between these two ideas. Individuals are shaped by the world around them. In an article discussing this topic, Valerie Tiberius states that “… commitments to various values and goals - ground projects, in
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Abernathy, Ball, Edwards, Green, and Niles 2 Williams's terms - are very important to us. They give us a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives, they provide us with an identity, a conception of the kind of person we are, and they furnish the standards we use to evaluate whether our lives are going well or badly” (33). From this, we may begin to reason that our everyday lifestyles make us who we are. Many times, we have all heard parents commenting on how video games and television are corrupting the brains of children today, but we just pass them by not caring. Well that child will eventually grow up and become the world’s biggest jerk that we all now have to work and deal with. All of this will happen because he or she developed the idea that it was okay to act like a gangster, criminal, miscreant, or some other unattractive stereotype. Our morals, ethics, and values have a tendency to center around what is better for
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