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Workplace Ethics

  1. 1. Workplace Ethics<br />Understanding how your choices impact your job<br />
  2. 2. Definition: workplace ethics<br />Workplace ethics can be defined as how an employee chooses to exist on any job. <br /><ul><li>The rules may change based on the organization, but there are some personal characteristics that do not change based on the job. </li></li></ul><li>What are the Work Ethics?<br />Ask yourself the following questions:<br /><ul><li>Is this legal?
  3. 3. Is this against company policy?
  4. 4. Can I sleep at night if I do it?
  5. 5. Am I doing my share</li></li></ul><li>According to the Ethics Officer Association (USA)<br />48 percent of surveyed workers indicated that they had engaged in at least one unethical action such as:<br />Cutting corners on quality<br />Covering up situations<br />Lying about sick days<br />Deceiving customers<br />Some reported taking credit for another's idea<br />Lying to superiors on a serious matter<br />
  6. 6. Basic Work Principles<br /><ul><li>Set some basic work standards for your self. </li></ul>Know what employers look for<br />Principles for workplace ethics changes based on the organization. <br />Know your stakeholders<br />Focus on constant and never ending improvement<br />
  7. 7. Basics from the Organizational Standpoint<br />Values<br />Organizational values often include such traditional virtues as trust, loyalty and commitment, honesty and respect for one another, and avoiding conflicts of interest.  Values may also include newer elements such as innovation, teamwork, customer focus and continuous improvement. <br />Principles<br />Guiding principles set standards for the organization that go beyond the laws and may affect employees on a more personal level. <br />
  8. 8. How to ‘BE’ on a job<br />Be enthusiastic about your job and the people you work with. Focus on the positives instead of the negatives<br />Operate with initiative: think about what needs to be done and do it, don’t wait for someone to tell you<br />Have good character traits: employers look for and desire people of character<br />Accept personal responsibility<br />
  9. 9. Character traits to possess<br />Credible<br />Trustworthy<br />Useful<br />Optimistic<br />Flexible<br />Cooperative<br />Responsible<br />Accountable<br />A Team Player<br />
  10. 10. Remember your Objectives and Goals<br />Ultimately, obtaining and keeping a particular job depends on the type of worker you are. <br />Although, we may not be the type of workers we hope to be – the focus is on constant and never ending improvement.<br />
  11. 11. Resources<br />Internship & Work-Integrated Learning Center<br />http://www.workplaceethics.ca/work.html<br />http://www.smartworkethics.com/<br />

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