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Title: Ethical Behavior


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Section 9.2
Ethical Behavior
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WHAT YOULL LEARN
  • Why ethics are important in the workplace
  • How you can behave ethically in the workplace

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WHY ITS IMPORTANT
Your ability to behave ethically in the workplace
will enable you to earn the trust and respect of
your employers and coworkers.
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KEY TERMS
  • ethics
  • confidentiality
  • prejudice

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Ethical Behavior
Ethics are the principles of conduct that govern
a group or society the values that help people
decide what is right and what is wrong. Some
companies have programs to promote ethics.
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Honesty
Employers expect their employees to be
honest. Dishonesty is the cause of most ethical
problems in the workplace.
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Honesty About Time
One way to demonstrate honesty is to be truthful
in reporting your work hours. What might be the
consequence if employees are dishonest about the
time they work?
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Honesty About Money
Taking money out of the cash drawer is clearly
dishonest. What about altering a taxi receipt to
increase your reimbursable expenses is this
dishonest?
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Respecting Employers Property
Dont illegally copy company software for
personal use. Dont take office supplies home.
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Confidentiality
Confidentiality means keeping secrets from people
who are not supposed to know them. Your company,
coworkers, friends, and family will expect you to
observe confidentiality.
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Confidentiality
On the surface, confidentiality seems
easy. Sometimes, though, there are conflicting
interests. Consider the following dilemma.
continued
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ETHICS in Action
Sharing Secrets You recently stared working at a
new software company. Your new supervisor wants
you to tell her everything you know about a
secret program that you were working on at your
old company.
continued
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ETHICS in Action
Sharing Secrets You never signed a
confidentiality agreement, but you know that the
program will be a great accomplishment for your
former company once it is released. Your
supervisor tells you that you will receive a
large bonus and a promotion if you tell her about
the program.
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ETHICS in Action
Sharing Secrets
THINK ABOUT IT Would you tell her about the
program? Why or why not?
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Fairness
Virtually every business includes men and women
of different races, cultural backgrounds, and
religions. Treat everyone fairly, openly, and
honestly.
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Fairness
Prejudice is an unjustifiable negative attitude
toward a person or group.
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Fairness
Prejudice can express itself as
  • racist or sexist comments,
  • stereotyping,
  • name calling, and
  • unfair generalizations.

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Fairness
Prejudice in any form is hurtful, offensive, and
unacceptable. Employees can be fired for
practicing prejudice, and companies can be sued.
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Handling Unethical Practices
If you experience or observe prejudice in the
workplace, consider whether it was an isolated
incident. If the offense is deliberate, dont
ignore it, but dont act rashly either.
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Handling Unethical Practices
If youre dealing with a customer, simply walk
away and report the incident to your
supervisor. If youre dealing with a coworker,
you might tell him or her you will not tolerate
his or her prejudiced behavior.
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Handling Unethical Practices
If that does not work, talk to your supervisor
about your coworkers offensive behavior. Look
for solutions, not revenge.
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Handling Unethical Practices
If your employer is unethical and you decide to
take action, these pointers may help
  • Keep a detailed written record.
  • Check your observations with others.
  • Get advice from people you trust.

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Handling Unethical Practices
  • Check your motives. Are you acting for the right
    reasons?
  • Collect any evidence you can.
  • Decide whether you want to remain anonymous or
    speak up openly.
  • Report only facts or observations. Dont
    exaggerate or speculate.

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End of Section 9.2
Ethical Behavior
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