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Workplace Ethics

Workplace Ethics

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An interesting knowledge session on workplace ethics ... Through the study of ethics we learn to think more reflectively and systematically ...
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Workplace Ethics

ZUMBEEL Live Forum Islamabad | 30th March 2009 Jawwad Zaki
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Discussion Points

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Ethics – the concept Workplace Ethics Cultural Dimensions The White, Black & Grey Where do we stand . . .

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ETHICS
The Concept

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eth·ic noun
a. b. A set of principles of right conduct. A theory or a system of moral values.

Ethics a. b. The study of the general nature of morals and of the specific moral choices to be made by a person. The rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or the members of a profession.

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition copyright - 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company

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Ethics are also about making choices that may not always feel good or seem like they benefit you but are the “right” choices to make.

“Do unto others as you would have done to you.”

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How do we define Ethics… Could there be a set of absolute ethics? What kind of behaviour do you expect from people around you in daily life? Ethics vs. Role Morality Why would we discuss ethics?

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Possible Outcomes of Ethics Study
- sensitivity to rights & responsibilities - empathy - sensitivity to ethical dimensions - alternatives & choices

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Workplace Ethics

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There is no such thing as workplace ethics;


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ethics are the same, (or, should be) whether in the workplace or in personal life.

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“On the one hand there is the law, which deals with crime and punishment. On the other there is religion, which deals with virtue and sin. Organizational ethics sits in between -- it goes well beyond the law, and links to the personal beliefs of employees, but its focus is the corporation or association or government department. Such groups of people must work together to achieve common goals, while also striving to do the right thing in a complex, diverse world. “

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So, Should an organization strive to define what is the right conduct in it’s business? Do you think defining a code of conduct brings in a change w.r.t an organization’s values?

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Leadership & Ethics

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Cultural Dimensions
How the perception about ethics changes across cultures? Where does religion fits in? The challenge for a Global organization -What is right in East may not be so in West - Global Behaviours - Locally accepted conduct What could be the suitable option?
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White, Black & Grey
Are the lines so clear as black & white? How do organizations deal with the grey? Are ethics for “employees”? What mechanisms could be in place to support ethical behaviour in an organization?

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Where do we stand . . .

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References / Further Reading:
•Scaling an Islamic work Ethic: www.deu.edu.tr/userweb/ceyhan.aldemir/dosyalar/ali,%201988.pdf The Muslim World League. Journal, 9(3), 6-12. Naqvi, S. N. (1981) •http://www.business-marketing.com/store/businessethics.html •3D Ethics - implementing workplace values by Attracta Lagan & Brian Moran •International Management by Richard Mead •Faith, Morals & Money by Edward D. Zinbarg

For these books & a lot more “Google Books” is a very interesting source.

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Thanks!

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