Ethics, as a branch of philosophy, is concerned with morality, moral problems, and moral judgments, dealing with such elusive terms as ‘values,’ ‘right,’ and ‘good.’ It deals with issues beyond the realm of traditional rules and customs and unconscious habits. However, at its deepest level of inquiry, public opinion takes a cursory look at possible contributing factors and solutions to unacceptable conduct. This approach to ethical thinking represents a critically deficient attempt at normative ethics. (TWI, 2010)
Ethics are essential in the workplace because they allow for order and alignment in making the “right” decisions. Ethics are the reason that people make good decisions even when not directly told to do so. There are standards that are implied and generally not documented. When dealing with those who may not subscribe to the same ethical standards, you can attempt to draw on intrinsic human qualities such as the desire to achieve and succeed in the workplace. In many circumstances, leadership will look at your ability to support the goals and mission of the company. Even if those are not exactly the same standards and goals which you would have preferred to set forth, employees abide by them in order to get ahead.
A manager is essential in supporting the internal drive while motivating and encouraging the follow through of ethics and morality of the company as a whole.
The Williams Institute Ethics Awareness Inventory assesses your responses to questions whose underlying ethical perspective is one of four core beliefs; Character, Obligation, Results and Equity. Character, represented by the letter C, is most closely aligned with virtue theory for which the primary concern is what it is “good to be”, rather than what it is “good to do”. In other words, this theory looks to an individual’s character, rather than to an individual’s duty, conduct, or actions. Morality focuses on judgment and the cultivation of virtues. This theory focuses more...