The difference between ethics and business ethics
The ideologies of ethics that aid us solve ethical dilemmas in everyday life is the same principles that provide guidance in business, health care, law, and education:
- Do No Damage,
- Make Things Better,
- Respect Others
- Be Rational,
Hypothetically speaking, it is immoral to lie. That relates to every kind of relationship there is friend/friend, manager/direct report, physician/patient, attorney/client, teacher/student.Telling the truth is a decisive way we demonstrate respect for people.
Are There Exemptions?
There are some exemptions to the rule, “Tell the reality.” The obligation, to be honest, doesn’t always mean you have to tell the reality, the whole reality, and nothing but the reality.
Sometimes we find ourselves feeling bad about telling the others things that we do not mean. For example, if a friend gives us a present for our birthday and we just do not like it, but anyway when they ask us if we like it, we say yes anyway because we do not want to make them feel bad, and we can damage our relationship only for us wanting to tell the truth.
Examples of business ethics are many but some are worthy to be mentioned since we can encounter them in our everyday life.
Some employees might try to rise in your company by taking credit for work that others employees actually performed. This can have a negative impact on morale if it goes unquestioned. Make sure your ethics policy prohibits this behavior, too. Take seriously employee complaints that their fellow workers are stealing their ideas or taking credit for the reports, proposals or sales they complete.
Your ethics strategy also should make it clear that your workers must treat clients and customers fairly and honestly. This means prohibiting employees from being deceitful to impending clients or providing them with misleading information. Employees shouldn’t hide the true price of a service, policy or product in an effort to trick customers into signing up. They also shouldn’t promise more than their service or product can deliver. Employees should never intimidate potential clients. Your ethics policy should show how often your workers can contact prospective customers, at what times of the day and what exactly they can and cannot say through their conversations.
It is so much easier to identify what to do when the rules are clear. But too many times they are not. Henceforth we have columns like this to simply offer some directives.