Ethical Dilemmas And Ethics In The Workplace

1875 Words 8 Pages
Final Project - Phase 2
Jamie Rice
BMGT 496
Professor Susan Barranca

Introduction Ethical dilemmas that arise in the workplace must be handled with care, and the best ethical judgment must be made. Specifically, conducting personal business on company time can present an ethical dilemma, and is also a conflict of interest (Common Ethical Workplace Dilemmas, n.d.). This conflict of interest can be presented as an ethical dilemma for a fellow employee that becomes aware of an fellow coworker's actions. Although conducting personal business may be tempting due to the majority of each day being spent in the workplace, it is a misuse of company time (Common Ethical Workplace Dilemmas, n.d.). This writing assignment will cover
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Kant was influenced by the idea that one should keep their promises, and treat others as they deserve to be treated (Kant's Moral Theory: Part 1 of 2, 2013). A prominent part of Kant's Theory is fulfilling one's duty because they morally should, not because the individual will suffer negative consequences, or experience positive consequences. Fulfilling one's duty because it means he or she would be following company procedure is not enough for Kant. However, fulfilling one's duty in order to execute one's moral motive and action is enough, and abides by the Categorical Imperative (Kantian Ethics, n.d.). This principle assists in determining what one's moral duty is (Kantian Ethics, n.d.). The Categorical Imperative expresses that there are codes to follow unconditionally, even if one's interests are not satisfied. Overall, Kant's Theory would be in favor of the fellow employee whistle-blowing because of the promise he or she made to the company at the time of hiring, as it would also fulfill his or her duty to him or herself and the company. Kant would desire that the fellow employee not report this ethical issue solely because of the promise made, or because of his or her desire to abide by company policy, but instead to whistle-blow because he or she is morally driven to do …show more content…
Some feel that ethical relativism should have no place in the business world, since relativity is measured based on the comparison of something else. In the workplace, policies are fixed rules that do not waver case by case. Although ethical dilemmas arise, making decisions unclear at times, the company handbook is absolute, and should be followed (Rationale of Everything, n.d.). This specific ethical dilemma is not a concern for ethical relativism. The company policy has stated that company time should not be used for personal matters. Even if everyone in the workplace is known for whistle-blowing on one another, the fellow coworkers actions are driven by a different motive. The fellow coworker would whistle-blow because of his or her notion to do what they believe is the right thing. On the other hand, this could become an ethical relativism concern. If the fellow employee chose to whistle-blow on the fellow coworker's actions because the fellow employee did not favor the fellow coworker, this would be a subjective issue. A subjective ethical relativism issue would imply that the moral action would rely on one's personal taste and what people think (Ethical Relativism, n.d.). However, in this case, the fellow employee is completely objective;

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