Professional Values and Ethics
June 28, 2011
Professional Values and Ethics
It is important to understand why professional values and ethics are vital to a successful career. To fully appreciate what professional values and ethics are, we must describe the meaning of each. Values pertaining to a professional environment are defined as “A professional’s obligation to comply with rules of one’s conduct, ethics, etiquette, professional values and attitudes.” (Ethics and Professional Responsibility, 2004). Ethics is concerned with “What is right and wrong, good and bad, and harmful and beneficial regarding decisions and actions in organizational transactions.” (Business ...view middle of the document...
In the second example, the salesperson fulfills sales quotas and maintains their ethical behavior demonstrated by their positive moral values, hence providing career success with continued car sales from new, repeat, and referred customers.
Economic values influence career success by building the foundation to an employee’s work ethic. “From an economic standpoint, the more engaging an individual is in the workplace, the higher one's output of a better-quality product” (Giovani, R., 2010), hence economic values are beneficial for both the employer and the employee. For example, when an employee is engaged in his or her position, the employee will perform at a high level; take the intuitive to complete tasks that need completion, maintain an interest in the task set before him or her, as well as exemplify leadership skills.
Human Resources (HR) is another source of professional values and ethics. Most employers have an HR department to help with implementing policies as well as strategies for dealing with complaints between management and employees. HR also helps employers and employees deal with ethical problems such as sexual harassment and substance abuse, and acts as a medium for morale building. The role of HR is important because it is the foundation for how an employee conducts themselves in a professional environment and addresses violations of the company’s ethics. It is the HR Department’s responsibility to inform and monitor employee’s compliance of company policies, state and federal laws, holding each employee to a high ethical standard while on the job.
A social environment can affect professional values and ethics. Social values and ethics are formed “as a person grows and develops into an individual, usually occurring as the person leaves the confines of an immediate family. These values and ethics are influenced by the society in which a person is surrounded” (Ethos, 2009). For instance, Christina was employed with a manufacturing company. The environment was hostile. Most employees were disgruntled, felt under paid, unappreciated and overworked which lead to resentment and hostility amongst employees. It was an everyday occurrence to see and hear employees engaged in conflict. The environment consisted of verbal disagreements, physical altercations as well as unprofessional and unethical language. Christina became influenced by her surrounding causing a negative impact on her life. She began heavily cursing and was engaged in a physical altercation, which lead to suspension without pay.
Christina recently met new acquaintances and surrounded herself with people that have positive characteristics as well as taught her that attitude and professionalism are important to success. The change of acquaintances, temperament, and attitude led management to promote her to a lead person. Management recognized the noticeable change in her people skills, conflict management and resolution skills by discussing...