Essay about Ethics At Work

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Ethics at Work

Today's society is governed through the implications of rules, legal restrictions that tell you if something is considered, in the eyes of society, to be right or wrong. All of these rules were created to uphold and maintain a ridged idea of ethical and moral values. For example the "10 commandments" which are thousands of years old, were created to teach ethical values, the difference between right and wrong. But who determines what is considered ethical? And what affects ones decision to act ethical or unethical? The answers to these questions will be discussed later.
Webster's new world dictionary defines ethics as "the study and standards of conduct and moral judgment" and "the system of morals of a particular
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The management style was generally system 1, which is exploitive and autocratic. In this system the workers distrust the manager and usually oppose the formal organizations goals. Eventually it was realized that catering to the needs of the workers caused an increase in productivity. This was the beginning of the human resource era, which understands that each individual has untapped potential. Since then, ethics in the work place has become a major focus for study.
Children growing up are taught some very important codes of ethics in school, for example the golden rule, "treat others as you would want them to treat you". These lessons learned as a youth growing up carry over into adulthood, as an employee, and or manager. It is imperative to possess high ethical values if one wishes to succeed in any formal organization. Compared to traditional managerial styles (system 1 and 2), modern managers are usually system 3 or 4, these types of managers are more democratic, and communicate with all levels of subordinates (3). This managerial style promotes good ethical values. The result is a more cohesive formal organization, and informal organization. This change in managerial style, from system 1 to system 4, is a direct result of ethical values being implemented into modern business practices. The benefits of implementing a code of ethics at work are clear, productivity is greatly increased and the

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