Personal and Organizational Ethics Term Paper

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¶ … Personal and Professional Ethics

A focus on ethical decision making is vitally important for the organizational leader of today and in the future. In accordance with ethical standards, every person in an organization is responsible to those whom his or her actions directly affect. As individuals progress through their careers and their role continues to evolve into one of greater and more diverse responsibilities, the effects of their decisions will increasingly need to be examined from an ethical perspective in order to ensure proper implementation. However along with the ability to examine these issues must come the responsibility to deal with them effectively, whatever the consequences may be. Therefore a reflective look into one's personal and professional ethics is paramount for achieving successful ethical decision-making.

Values and Mission Statement

Values and ethics play an integral role in both my personal and professional life. The principles at the top of my list are: 1) fulfilling my responsibility to give back to society; 2) practicing ongoing self-reflection; and 3) embracing change and challenges with an open mind.

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While many people I know are focused on which job will make them the most money, I have always been much more concerned with how I could make my life meaningful, and make other people's lives better in the process. It is important to me that I achieve my goals by doing the things I want to do, rather than feeling like I spend my entire day doing things I have to do; I am far more motivated by self-achievement than material gain. It is therefore extremely important to me to work in a field in which I feel both valued and valuable. Salary is important, but there are too many other aspects that an individual must consider if they are to have a satisfying job experience. Unfortunately, for many people, this is not the case. For example, Frank (1996) refers to "survey evidence from a sample of graduating seniors who reported that they would require large premiums before being willing to switch to a less socially responsible employer" (p. 3)

Term Paper on Personal and Organizational Ethics Assignment

Ultimately, I feel that self-direction and control are the keys to achieving one's goals. As Marks & MacDermid (1996) point out, most people are pulled in many different directions, but we can only find a balance by looking inside ourselves. This does not mean however that self-centeredness is a positive course. My experiences have taught me that society's problems are my problems; particularly in regard to my own community. My community is extremely important to me; and it is equally important to me to always help others and to find common goals. I believe that it is paramount to work together to improve the well being and the lives of the people of my community, where I intend to stay and contribute continually.

I believe that ethical knowledge in business (and in life) should be used for self-examinations of the moral nature of one's actions, decisions, and overall attitudes. My personal ethical mission is to question why I do what I do, what the moral impact is of my behavior towards others, and particularly in a business context, whether aspects of my practices could be indicative of careless, dishonest, insensitive, or unscrupulous conduct.

In practice, having a strong ethical belief system can be applied in numerous ways. It can help me to view the decisions I make as moral choices that are seen in the context of their long-term consequences. A focus on ethical insight encourages me to ask myself what my purposes are in making the choices I make. Through self-analysis I can support the fair treatment of others, ensure that I am serving the overall best interests of my community, and maintain respectful and caring attitude towards others.

I believe my greatest strength is my ability to remain passionate about helping people while at the same time, remaining focused on my goals. After having to overcome many hardships myself, I am very conscious of how my choices will not only affect my life but the lives of other people. My ability to pick myself up after being knocked down has made me a stronger person, but perhaps more importantly, it has made me able to inspire others who may be down and out and require my assistance to forge ahead.

Throughout my life, I have developed a deep admiration for people who face life's greatest challenges head on without every sacrificing their moral character. I diligently strive to apply this philosophy to my own life. I greatly look forward to the challenges ahead of me, both in my academic career and my professional career. Nothing would make me prouder than to know that I have met those challenges head on, and have managed to come out on top.

My strengths are that I always strive to be a role model and that I usually (whenever possible) put the needs of the "greater good" ahead of my own. I also believe in the 'honesty is the best policy' approach and strive to adhere to that as much as humanly possible. My main weakness is that I do not tend to initiate discussions about ethics or try to talk to other people about ethical behavior because I feel that I am being 'preachy'. In order to improve this weakness, I will need to not worry so much about how I look to others, but think about the bigger picture instead.

My Organization's Values

My company's official mission statement is as follows: "Our mission is to provide the highest quality service to our customers; contribute to the betterment of the industry and the community; and introduce new and better products on an ongoing basis." Every employee, including managers receives and signs a copy of the company code of ethics. While it is too lengthy to list here, some of the main highlights are as follows:

The employer shall appreciate his obligation to his employees and shall realize that their interests are mutual.

The employer shall take a personal interest in his employees and shall strive to understand them and aid them in self advancement.

We are an equal opportunity employer dedicated to a policy of non- discrimination in employment on any basis including race, creed, color, age, sex, religion or national origin

No commission, gratuity, allowance or indirect profit of any kind shall be accepted in connection with a purchase.

We will avoid misrepresentation and false statements at all times, in our oral statements, in our correspondence, or in our advertisements.

We shall not engage in any practice or in any movement which is contrary to law or public welfare.

We shall maintain a vigorous interest in all that relates to the civic welfare of this community

Social Responsibility

I believe that my company is more than moderately concerned with social responsibility. The general consensus seems to be that acting ethically not only helps society (i.e. The environment and the economy) but helps the company achieve greater loyalty from consumers and in turn, higher profits. My organization manages its ethical and social responsibilities in a variety of ways, from helping the community through donations and sponsorships, to maintaining the environment, to disclosing financial information honestly.

The public is demanding increasingly stringent ethical standards on the part of organizations today and more and more consumers are making many of their purchase decisions based on the ethical reputations of the companies with which they deal (Velasquez, 2006). The company leaders in my organization seem to be clearly aware of the fact that their decisions affect employees, associates, the environment and society as a whole.

In regard to my own findings and conclusions, it seems clear that in our current society, issues of ethical conduct for businesses has become increasingly important as socially irresponsible companies continue to take more out of the system than they put back in. Thus the business sector's social responsibilities depend greatly on the moral sensibilities of its leaders and on the theoretical underpinnings of their moral judgments (Baker & Hunt, 2003). When personal profit overrides the negative affects on the lives, health, and overall well-being of humanity, a shift in attitudes is needed (Forte, 2005). Companies have an ethical duty to act responsibly, regardless of the economic repercussions they may initially experience. Yet without a regularly updated, comprehensive code of ethics that is not only distributed within a company but also enforced, the goals of promoting ethical conduct might never be achieved.

While it is true that government, industry and citizens all have an ethical obligation to act socially responsible, the phrase "money talks" is still extremely powerful when it comes to convincing the leaders of corporations of the benefits of change. I believe that by relating ethical and social responsibilities to the organization's bottom line, there is a much greater likelihood of compliance.

Ethical Analysis and Training Programs

My organization does not have any ethical training programs in place, which is definitely a weakness and certainly something I would change.… [END OF PREVIEW] . . . READ MORE

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