In a world of fierce competition where everyone is trying to get ahead of the other, it is believed ethics have absolutely no role to play. However, there are ways of winning the rat race in spite of being ethical. Though it may seem like a longer passage, there are some things that are just not professionally right.
No matter how important is something to be done, going beyond the established code of ethics to achieve it, is simply unacceptable. Before we take a look at it, let's understand its benefits.
Violation of Ethics
Professional ethics deal with practicing the policies laid down by the organization when dealing with competitors, and with the code of conduct pertaining to the organization. They are violated or ethical issues in the workplace arise, in case of the following circumstances.
- Taking advantage of a professional situation for personal benefits.
- Working for an organization whose values and ethics conflict with your personal ethics.
- Engaging in corporate espionage (working for an organization when bound by contract with another).
- Misreporting the amount or number of hours worked.
- Taking credit for work done by your colleague.
- Dressing inappropriately or against the dress code set by the organization.
- Getting personal with any colleague or superior in a professional setup.
- Being dishonest in professional situations for personal or group gain.
- Being insincere, uncommitted, and disloyal towards the organization.
- Violating the established rules in the name of individual rights.
It is thus obvious, that by simply not engaging in such acts, you will be able to follow the established code. What ethics comprises is a very subjective issue, and it will differ from organization to organization.
It is to be noted that, this practice is followed to ensure maximum productivity of the organization, without following an unprofessional course of action by the management as well as the employees. By carrying out suitable training, these ethics can be imbibed in every employee, to achieve a common goal that has been laid out by that organization.