The Importance Of The Code Of Ethics

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More and more businesses today are implementing strict ethical codes. Ethics are put into place when someone like a co-worker or even a superior may tempt you to make a decision that could be considered unethical. The right choice may not always be black and white. Making ethical decisions requires a thought process that could be extensive in order to make the right choice. I think there are several morals that stand behind the principal of Ethics. Ethics entails being honest, having knowledge, integrity, among many others (Kerns,2003). I think being honest is the most important of these morals, if you lie about something you can easily and automatically be placed into an unethical decision. You need to be knowledgeable about your …show more content…
A code of Ethics is signed by an employee when signing onto the company. The code of ethics tells an employee what Is expected of them and what will happen if they do not comply with those guidelines, the more specific the better (Williams,2016). Ethics for some companies entails making sure the customers’ needs come first. Ethics is more than just following the law. Ethics should be integrated in every business decision that you make. Ethics is also not religion. People who who practice religion have a choice to whether they follow the morals that pertain to their religion. Ethics includes everyone (Pasztor, 2015). In the workplace you must follow a code of ethics or there will be serious consequence. I had the opportunity to read a book by the name of Extraordinary Circumstances. Extraordinary Circumstances is about a woman named Cynthia Cooper and her story as she is put into a very unethical situation. Cynthia finds out her co-workers and supervisors have been cooking the books and her ethical dilemma arises when she is asked to overlook her evidence of the crime. This was an ethical choice because she could have chosen to overlook the evidence. Cynthia decided to make the right decision by turning her co-workers and supervisors …show more content…
Unfortunately there is no rubric that tells us how to make the correct choice for every ethical decision. There is also not a rubric for managers and supervisors to help them solve ethical dilemmas’ within their company. While there is not a rubric, there are a few principles to help us make good ethical decisions. Such as the principle of long-term self-interest which states that you should never make a decision that does not benefit you or your organizations best interest. The principle of religious injunctions, states that you should never make a choice that is unkind to others. The principle of government requirements states that you should never make a choice that is against the law. The principle of individual rights states that you should never make a choice that invades on other people’s rights. The principle of personal virtue states that you should be completely honest with all of your decision making. The principle of distributive justice is designed to protect the less fortunate. Lastly, the principle of utilitarian benefits says that all you decisions should be made with the intent to better benefit society (Williams,2016). Managers and business owners want to see their companies thrive. More and more companies now days are realizing that companies with higher ethical standards will have an overall better environment and satisfaction for customers. The first step

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