Whatare ethics? According to BBC (2014)ethics can be simply narrowed down to the “moral principles” that will affect aperson’s life style and behavior. Ethics can play a major role when it comes tobusiness and working with the society. As reported by Flinders University (2017), ethics can beclassified as sets of guidelines where individuals or groups must workaccordingly. The Ethics Center(2018) supports this point by mentioning “Ethics provide a framework”.
In simple terms, ethics acts as a foundation for people to rely on.Agroup and a team are perfect examples of places where ethics must be maintainedto its climax. According to the Monash University of Engineering (2017) a group is a set of 3-4individuals working together to achieve a common goal while a team is a groupwhere different members have allocated tasks to achieve, this could be eitherprofitable or non-profitable related to productivity.Thefollowing review will stress more on the areas where ethics that must bemanaged to maintain a professional environment from the point of view of anemployee including some arguments with regards to impacts of being unethical, andwith some examples of bad ethics where most of the employees tend to do.
Onthe side of maintaining ethics in a workplace there will be two parties whowill be responsible the employees and the employer. On that note maintainingethics in a workplace can create a strong relationship between the employeesand the employer, which will result in a positive outcome but still on theother hand wasting company assets mainly such as time, will result in anegative impact on the company.Inthese modern days, employees tend to browse internet social media platforms,stream video/movies and much more, those actions result in an additional usageof the company resources such as broadband usage. Most importantly it’s thecompany time that’s being spent on personal work.Accordingto Lopen (2018) a major of ethicalissues in a workplace as an employer could be Side-deals, where employees doother deals with competing companies and sell data and information, this actsas a strong unethical practice. As mentioned in the introduction Ethics acts asa proper framework to the employees and the working society.Usingmobile phones, social media platforms, watching movies and much more are majorexample of being unethical in a workplace, stressing on the above-mentionedpoints such as using mobile phones and social media platform will affect thecompany time and resources such as broadband data.
Toprove the above stated point Schwartz(2015), mentions that “Misuse of company time” can be considered as amajor example of an unethical behavior such as taking long distant mobile callsor event video chatting and steaming videos. Maintaining ethics will affect theworking environment in different aspects. Steve McCartney and Rick Parentgives examples such as “Make Society Better, treat everyone equally, succeed atbusiness” elaborating on the above-mentioned points, when an employee isworking ethically the society will automatically be a good place where everyonestarts thinking ethical with the same mind set of achieving a final goal andeveryone will be treated equally, finally the outcome will be a possible effecton the aspect of the business. What are major ethical issues?Inthis modern days the most common issues are getting distracted by personalmatters, as mentioned and stressed above it could be either mobile phones,social media or even real-life issues as results of acting unethically. Simplybeing unethical could cause major problems such as problems in decision makingand issues related to diversity. “Do Unethical Decisions Come from BadCharacter?” (Robbins and Judge, 2013, p.193).
Unethical employees tend to thinkabout themselves resulting in bad decisions which will ultimately be known as abad characterOnthe other hand, being ethical will gain trust from the surrounding society,which will result in more connections with people increasing the social networkwhich will result in future advantages, maintaining ethics in a workplace willalso result in more effective productive time on working hours which willresult in a positive impact on the workplace, “Ethical considerations should bean important criterion in all organizations” (Robbins and Judge, 2013, p.193).which tries to elaborate all organizations will have to think ethically whentaking decisions because it will affect the society in other ways if it’s notethical. What are the impacts of being unethical?Insimple terms being unethical can affect the employee, employer and the companyitself including discrimination, disrespectful behaviors, grudges, profitlosses and much more. Such as the prison experiment that was conducted by Dr.Philip G.
Zimbardo (1973) regarding psychological behaviors. Where the Doctorgets some volunteers and assign them roles, the ultimate result is to see thechanges in a “real-life” made prison environment, but at a point thisexperiment gets to its climax where the guards try to abuse their powers in anaggressive manner by torturing the prisoners in numerous ways. To prove the abovepoint McLeond (2017) mentionsthe experiment was conducted to study the roles in different scenarios in areal life like set with a prison type environment.TheImpact of this experiment was on the prisoners who did nothing wrong or illegal.Simply it’s the nature of humans to go alone with it by multiplying the powerand abusing it to its climax when they feel safe doing it. This experimentclearly tries to explain that if a person becomes unethical and feels safe andconfident doing it, the person will go along with it by multiplying theunethical behavior.Mourdoukoutas (2016)mentions that McDonalds “But many employees have expressed three seriousconcerns about McDonald’s workplace: low pay, bad management, and rude customers.
These three concerns aren’t independent from each other. Low pay may attractemployees with the wrong attitude about work. So, what appears to be rudenessin customers could be customer frustration over poor services. Low pay may alsoattract managers with lack of skills to manage the workplace efficiently andeffectively, drawing complaints from both frustrated customers and employees.”AsMourdoukoutas (2016) mentionedin Forbes article, McDonalds maintain bad ethics on the side of pay, managementand working criteria. Which means the employees get affected by this badunethical behavior which will cause employee disrespect resulting in a bad namefor the company itself.
This point will also be a positive trump for the othercompetitors around McDonalds. Due these actions of McDonalds, the employees arenot satisfied by their job to fulfill their needs, which will lead to riots andother major issues.Beingunethical will also affect the employees itself, he/she will lose trust andrespect which will lead to the person becoming cornered or isolated, this couldalso deflect back to the person itself by depression or other mental illnesses. ConclusionInconclusion, both party’s employees and employers must act and work ethicallythinking about the necessities of the both parties.
If they do it will be apositive outcome. As the above review tries to explain that Ethics areguidelines where people can follow to keep themselves on track to achieve afinal positive outcome by improving themselves and the society around them.Most employees tend to be distracted during workplace hours resulting in actingunethically again such as taking long distant calls, using social mediaplatforms and much more. The above points prove that modern day technology hasnow become a major issue of distraction.Thefollowing real-life example of most companies back in the day, they allow freeaccess of unlimited amounts of web searches on working hours, which theemployees tend to load up music, watch videos and accompanied with other socialmedia platforms which will result in a distraction from the working mind setleading to fail given deadlines and much more, ultimately it will affect theoverall working experience of the company and other employees, but now most ofthe companies restrict access of sites, such as social media platforms.Anotherinstance of being unethical was brought to attention by a major company namedUnilever acting unethically by dumping chemical waste to a river in India, toact against this major issue a young teenager makes a music video about thisunethical situation that’s taking place resulting to expose Unilever for theirbehavior. The video hit millions of views resulting a bad remark to Unilever.
Finally,concluding ethics act as a strong backbone to the employer himself and thesurrounding society, it will result in an additional motivation to work as oneteam to achieve a goal without thinking about themselves or wasting resources.Impacts of this proper ethical behavior will completely change the person andthe atmosphere around the person. The famous idiom “One rotten apple spoils thewhole barrel” taking this idiom to action one unethical person will convert therest. It’s up to the person itself to think either selecting the path, ethicalor unethical.