“How Personal Can Ethics Get?”
Vanessa B. Lee
Leadership and Organization
July 17, 2011
Professor Gary Shelton
How Personal Can Ethics Get?
Many organizations provide ethical policies and procedures for their employees. This is a positive move because organizations are run by individuals from different backgrounds, countries and cultures. Thus these individuals all have different values and senses of what is right and wrong. When an organization creates ethical policies and procedures it provides an avenue to provide the supervisor, managers and employees with an idea of what the organizations core values are. It provides an ...view middle of the document...
An organizations core values could consist of, integrity, professionalism, caring, teamwork, and stewardship- which are all deemed important enough to be included with the statement of the organization's vision and will allow the company or organization to succeed. When the organizations values are shared by all members of an organization, they are extraordinarily important tools for making judgments, assessing probable outcomes of contemplated actions, and choosing among alternatives. Perhaps more important, they put all members "on the same sheet of music" with regard to what all members as a body of the organization consider important. When the organization provides ethical policy and procedures it reduces the opportunity for ppersonal ethics that are not a part of the organizations core value to be removed from the equation. Defining core values and ethical policies and procedures remove the possibility of personal ethical behavior to enter into the organizations corporate values and provide a higher standard for employees, supervisors and executives to adhere to.
2. Discuss how organizational policies and procedures can impact ethics. Because companies are staffed by individuals from different backgrounds and different cultures there must be something that brings unity to the behavior of employees. Essentially, ethics programs are meant to affect how people think about and address ethical issues that arise on the job. By providing employees with ethical standards, training, and resources to get advice, organizations seek to create a work environment that is okay for employees to acknowledge that they have ethical dilemmas, and have resources readily available to guide employees in working through such dilemmas before making decisions. Ethical policies and procedures should be stated in simple language and include values such as respect for not only fellow employees but provide an environmental responsibility for both managers, supervisors and workers within an organization. Providing these procedures and policies prevents there from being numerous ideas of what is right or wrong and what the company will or will not accept as ethical behavior. The development of ethical policies and procedures start by identifying what the organization stands for meaning its core values. These core values provide a guideline for supervisors and employees on how they should respond to different situations without compromising the integrity of the organization. It allows them to understand in no uncertain terms what the company or organization will and will not accept as ethical behavior. This would also provide a guideline for training to ensure there are no miss understandings about ethical behavior within the organization.
3. Discuss the ethical dilemmas that Valerie is facing. An ethical dilemma occurs when a decision must be made that involves multiple values. The first value is whether or...