unethical - not conforming to approved standards of social or professional behavior; "unethical business practices" wrong - contrary to conscience or morality or law; "it is wrong for the rich to take advantage of the poor"; "cheating is wrong"; "it is wrong to lie" ethical - conforming to accepted standards of social or professional behavior; "an ethical lawyer"; "ethical medical practice"; "an ethical problem"; "had no ethical objection to drinking"; "Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants"- Omar N. Bradley
Don't hurt, don't steal, don't lie, or one of the most famous: Do unto others as you would have done to you. These are not just catchy phrases; these are words of wisdom that we all should strive to live by. More and more corporations and businessmen and woman are now realizing that ethics are not checked at the door when entering the workplace. Ethics have every bit as much a place in the public as they do in the private.
What is commonly understood about ethics is there are ethics and then there are workplace ethics. What most people do not realize, however, is that there is no such thing as workplace ethics; ethics are the same, whether in the workplace or in personal life. Set a personal goal, to be truthful to everyone, whether in your business life or in your personal life. The fastest way to lose customers is to lie to them.
Many employees find that stumbling upon unethical behavior among co-workers will test their own values and ethical behaviors. Unethical behavior that is not illegal falls into a grey area between right and wrong that make it difficult to decide what to do when it is encountered. Different people have different views regarding what is ethical and what is unethical. Some people feel that it is alright to tell a little "white lie", or to make one long distance call on the company's dime.
Common examples of unethical behavior:
- Cutting corners on quality control
- Covering up incidents
- Abusing or lying about sick leave
- Lying to or deceiving customers
We all think of ourselves as professionals, possessing a degree of knowledge and skill. Can we overcome the "if you can do it, it must be okay" perception? Can we overcome the practice of "if I can and want to do it, I will do it?"
How can we help improve awareness about potential and unforeseen consequences of unethical behaviour? We are agents of change. Consequences are not always possible to anticipate - they may ultimately be positive or negative. Circumstances will likely be painful as issues get resolved, and surprises may be forthcoming.
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"I think "immoral" is probably the wrong word to use... I prefer the word "unethical.""