Keys to ethical awareness
Ethical awareness and behavior are crucial for your business success. It is important to increase your ethical awareness and actions as much as possible to build a positive reputation and profile. Especially in these days where many people are pressured into making hasty decisions that exclude ethics and morale.
Here you find ten moral dilemmas to reflect on plus 20 useful tips to be ethical in the workplace.
10 Moral dilemmas to reflect on
· Do you treat your colleague with the same respect you want for yourself?
· Do you think it is your responsibility with every assignment to ask yourself if it is ethical or proper to do?
· Do you think unethical or questionable practices are an example of a moral maze?
· If people only work hard when the manager is looking, is that ethical right?
· Is telling the truth 55% of the time, ethical?
· Are you ‘a man of your words’?
· Does your organization provide the employees a frame work for professional responsibility?
· Do you yourself have a set of moral principles to act upon?
· If you know some products of your organization are not valid, do you warn your clients?
· You see a colleague is mentally not well. Do you need to do something with this signal?
20 Keys to help you make your office ethical (Nan DeMars)
· See things as they are, not as you want them to be
· Lead by setting an example of good ethical conduct and good ethical problem-solving skills
· Never give the impression that you don’t care that improper actions are taking place
· Anticipate ethical conflicts
· Communicate well
· Establish the language of ethics with those in your office
· Expect people to have different standards
· Remember that people are normally not as ethical as they think they are
· Define ethical expectations early in the relationship
· Support the company efforts to uphold high standards for ethical conduct, communicate about ethics, and solve ethical dilemmas
· Be patient with each other
· Be consistent and predictable
· Pay attention to details
· Ask lots of questions
· Be organized. Stay focused
· Learn to dodge the ethical traps of overthinking and cynicism
· Remember that virtue is its own good reward
· Protect your key assets (good health, strong self-esteem, and desire to improve a situation, good communication skills, and your reputation as a person of integrity)
· Speak up whenever you feel more unethical behaviors are slipping in, or when you sense your collective ethics are getting sloppy, or when you think convenience is becoming more important than character.
· Challenge yourself. Keep learning.
BY JACQUELINE WEESIE
GENERAL DIRECTOR – Digne Consult BV