“Something may not necessarily be illegal, but at the same time, it might not be the right thing to do.” (Chapter 5.1 – Saylor)
This week we read and watched videos about conduct at work that may be considered unethical. The unethical conduct may occur at the level of the individual, it may be embedded in company culture or policies, and/or it may be reflected at the organizational level and have powerfully problemmatic societal or global reach. We’ve learned about the murky lines between ethics and values, the multiple levels at which ethics may be breached at work, frameworks for evaluating whether specific behaviors are or are not ethical, and we’ve touches on issues of organizational social responsibility.
Step One: For this week’s discussion board we will examine closely an instance of conduct that calls out for ethical evaluation. Watch the video below, keeping mindful of the concepts you learned from this week’s readings and videos.
Personal Accountability When Nobody’s Looking.pdf
Step Two: Making reference to concepts, approaches, and principles covered in our reading this week, please answer the following questions about the conduct discussed in the video.
Is Pam’s behavior ethical or unethical? Based on what you have read this week, explain how you arrived at this conclusion.
What additional information might be helpful at determining the extent to which her behavior is (or is not) unethical)?
Why should employees care about ethics at work?
Do you identify with Pam’s conduct? Could you imagine doing this yourself? (Honesty is important here–but if you are not comfortable sharing here, that is fine. The more important thing is being honest with yourself).
According to our reading, how should an employee weigh out a decision to do what Pam is doing?
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