The “LEFT TURN” versus “RIGHT TURN” of Ethics Taking a LEFT turn on red is prohibited, you must wait for the traffic light to change – you must ADHERE TO THE RULES Taking a RIGHT turn on red is permitted, you do not need to wait for the traffic light to change – YOU CAN ACT IF SAFE TO DO SO
What is applied ethics? The application of rules or standards … to guide or judge … good or preferred individual or group … decisions or behavior. Are ethical situations common at work? Ethical situations are common at work, present in nearly every basic or commonplace task performed by managers or employees. What influences ethical decision making? Decision-maker, organization, context
The decision-maker values, beliefs, experience, expertise, role responsibilities, reasoning skills The organization culture, leadership, codes/policies, compensation systems, opportunity, performance appraisal, organizational systems, reporting mechanisms, significant others The context magnitude of consequences, violation of policy, frequency of situation, proximity, probability, immediacy
What is a common workplace practice for you in your profession? Does this practice give cause for ethical analysis or reflection? If so, why? What ethical values or principles are relevant when trying to resolve the situation?
What ethical principles are found in your most common workplace practices? Do your DUTY Do NO HARM Be FAIR and JUST Respect others’ RIGHTS Be HONEST and TRUSTWORTHY
The focus of your ethical reasoning might be: Concern for yourself, avoidance of punishment Concern for an immediate group (peers, workers) or for your organization Concern for the customers, neighborhood, professional colleagues, industry Concern for the law, professional standards Concern for applying consistent principles, such as honesty, justice, rights
We all face troubling issues at work in our role as a professional. What situation or work practice “keeps you up at night” wrestling with the ethical question: What should I do?
Organizational influences: ◦ culture, leadership, codes/policies, compensation systems, opportunity, performance appraisal, organizational systems, reporting mechanisms, significant others What is the GREATEST organizational influence? Organizational culture / climate
Culture/climate is at the foundation of an ethical organization … then, the values or behavioral expectations need to be: codified for employees … reinforced through training… integrated into appraisal assessment … rewarded or punished … To result in an ethical organization.
Were your two or three expectations for today’s ethics training met? Will today’s training be useful tomorrow (or later today) when you return to work?