Presentation on theme: "Apply ethics to demonstrate trustworthiness."— Presentation transcript:
1 Apply ethics to demonstrate trustworthiness. 2.08 Assess risks of personal decisionsCreated by: D. Burns, J. Bailey, J. Loudell, J. Winfree
2 EthicsGuidelines for human behavior; the study of moral choices and values; choosing between right and wrong.
3 Ethical behaviorKnowing the difference between right and wrong and consciously choosing to do right.
4 Code of ethicsA systematic set of rules and procedures used to guide the behavior of an individual, a business, or a culture.
5 Business ethicsApplying principles of right and wrong to situations in the workplace.
6 Personal & Business Ethical Decisions Generate & sustain trustDemonstrate respect, responsibility, fairness & caringDemonstrate good citizenshipMaking ethical decisions requires:Commitment – the desire to do the right thing regardless of the costConsciousness – awareness to act consistently & apply moral convictions to daily behaviorCompetency – ability to collect & evaluate information, develop alternatives, & foresee potential consequences
7 Ethical Dilemmas Arise when responsibilities & loyalties conflict A decision about the appropriate (ethical) course of action must be madeAre you willing to sacrifice pride, integrity, reputation and honor by making an unethical choice?Are you willing to suffer the consequences of a bad choice?
8 How to Make Ethical Decisions Think about the impact of your actions on all the stakeholders!Stakeholders are those people affected by a decision.Determine who is likely to be helped or harmed. Avoid or reduce the harm.Ask yourself whether your options are trustworthy, respectful, responsible, fair, caring and examples of good citizenship.Ethical values (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship) outrank and override unethical ones (money, popularity and prizes)!
9 How to Make Ethical Decisions The long run outranks the short run.Go with the choice that will produce the most good for the most people.Eliminate choices that have nothing to do with ethics (like power, popularity and prizes). Then pick the most ethical option left.Make your decision and take responsibility for the outcomeWhether good or bad
10 Ethics & Risk The Risk of Business as Usual Companies are put at risk when leaders fail to see that ethical leadership is vital for effective & responsible managementPoorly managed corporate risk/ethical decisions have irrevocable human & financial consequencesDeaths & accidents from the unintended acceleration in Toyota vehiclesDeaths of oil platform workers in the BP explosion & subsequent environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico
11 Factors impacting risk/ethical decisions Perception – How you see thingsIs cheating ethical or unethical?If you consider it ethical in some situations – why?Emotions –If your family has no food – do you steal food from the grocery store?Known vs. Unknown informationUsing a photo without knowing if it is copyrighted or not
12 Factors Businesses Should Consider when Assessing Risks/Ethical Decisions Time – “Time is Money”Coming in to work 5 minutes late or leaving earlyProbability – The chance that the outcome will be negativeIf I speed, what are the chances I’ll get caught or have an accidentMagnitude – The number of people affectedOil spill in the Gulf of MexicoCost vs. benefit – human & financialPhysical & Personal distanceHow might this decision affect you personally
13 Ethical responsibility towards customers Treat all customers with respect.Be honest.Do not exaggerate the merits of your products/services.Inform customers of possible dangers of your products/services.Handle all disputes fairly.
14 Ethical responsibility towards employees Establish an ethical workplace.Hold yourself to high ethical standardsServe as a role model to othersAlways treat employees fairly & honestlyEmployees tend to copy the behavior of the business ownerEthical behavior gains the trust & respect of customers
15 Ethical responsibility towards employees Create a written code of ethics to set guidelines to help the business owner and employees make ethical decisions.Establish company policies and procedures to let business owners and employees know how to act in certain situations. Have employees attend an orientation meeting on this information
16 Ethical responsibility towards the community Contribute money to charities, cultural institutions, and other reputable causes.Get involved.Donate products and services.