Workplace Ethics…

“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

ethics imageThis months blog assignment asks the question “What are workplace ethics?”

Ethics are defined as moral principles that govern a person or groups behavior. Workplace ethics are important not just for your clients, but also for your employees. Ethics in the workplace exemplify professionalism and good business practices.

The following list is the “Six Pillars of Character” developed by The Josephson Institute of Ethics:

  • Trustworthiness: honesty, integrity, promise-keeping, loyalty
  • Respect: autonomy, privacy, dignity, courtesy, tolerance, acceptance
  • Responsibility: accountability, pursuit of excellence
  • Caring: compassion, consideration, giving, sharing, kindness, loving
  • Justice and fairness: procedural fairness, impartiality, consistency, equity, equality, due process
  • Civic virtue and citizenship: law-abiding, community service, protection of environment

Unfortunately, we are going to come across people who are dishonest or unethical or we may find ourselves in a situation that might test our ethics. The key is to remember that being ethical is about making choices that may not always feel good or seem like they benefit you but are the “right” choices to make.


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