EthicsEthics from Personal Decisions to Organizational Procedures
Class: BUS512 Organizational Behavior 13th edition
Authors: D Hellriegel and J W Solcum, Jr
2008 South-Western, Cengage Learning
There are standards people govern themselves by and expect everyone else to live by.
Everyone’s everyday decision are not only actions that affect themselves but everyone else
around them. These rules, decisions, and behaviors make up a person’s ethics. Ethics are the
morals and beliefs that help to tell the difference between what is right and what is wrong. It is
comprised of many things but not solely defined by any of them. Ethics can be learned from
religion but if ethics was a religious practice it would be reserved for saints but even atheists
practice ethics. Some say ethics comes from how you feel but the truth is feelings are always
fluctuating and changing. If your feelings change then you are really acting on your feelings and
not your ethics. Ethics is independent of feelings yet dependent on thinking if something is right
or wrong. All these cover personal ethics that a person has. When stepping into a work
environment there are organized ethics that are placed by the company. Organizational ethics
help to align everyone’s ethics under a general atmosphere of what is right and what is wrong.
These personal ethics and organizational ethics as well as organizational policies are all under
constant evaluation as individuals make choices daily, in and out of work. It seems that personal
preferences and ethics have a give and take effect on organizational ethics. It can either be a
positive or a negative one. Organizational policies and procedures are put in place to help
motivate and bring out a better work ethic, environment and performance from the workers.
The growing number of companies adopting these policies and positive work performance
resulting from these programs helps us to understand the positive effects...