Ethical Relativism In The Workplace

Superior Essays
Final Project - Phase 2
Jamie Rice
BMGT 496
Professor Susan Barranca
12/17/2017

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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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; meaning the moral action is not based on personal taste or what people think (Ethical Relativism,

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