A Test of Ethical Standards — Close the Gap Between Actions and Ethics                                                    ...
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Advance an Ethical Culture by Demonstrating Ethical Leadership

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A Test Of Ethical Standards

  1. 1. A Test of Ethical Standards — Close the Gap Between Actions and Ethics Advance an Ethical Culture—The Seven (7) Points to Success An ethical dilemma occurs when one is faced with choosing between two or more unsatisfactory alternatives. It is a multifaceted circumstance that involves an apparent mental conflict between moral imperatives – a moral paradox. The gap results when we make decisions or behave contrary to what we know or “feel” is right, specifically when situations don’t present clear-cut answers. There are great quandaries that cause well-reasoned and informed people to disagree.  Disparate treatment  Customary practices versus official policy Turning Strategic Intentions Into RealityTM  Self-regulated accountability How do we close the gap between actions and ethics? Organization Development (strategy, service, systems, people, profit) is directly impacted by employee and leader behavior and decision-making. As leaders it is incumbent upon us to make ourselves aware of theARVis Institute, LLC interrelationships between organizational standards, values, and beliefs and our personal ones. We can close any gap between organizational and personal ethical standards by pondering and answering the following seven (7) questions of ourselves and our institutions when making decisions: The Ethical Test for Decision Making - Questions to Close the Dilemma Gap 1. Will this action/decision violate any criminal or civil laws or does it violate workplace policy? 2. Will this action/decision cause me to lie or misrepresent the facts? Will I need to withhold information? 3. Will this action/decision cause me to intentionally or unintentionally harm Build Distinguishable Standards. anyone? 4. Will I feel good about this action/decision? You can advance an ethical culture by defining and Would I be proud if my family knew of my implementing standards: actions? 5. What regrets might this action/decision  Establish a code of ethics that all employees are cause? expected to follow  Ethically sound judgment – solicit various perspectives 6. If this action/decision was published in the media, would I change anything?  Clarify certification and licensure expectations  Establish professional boundaries 7. Will this action or decision lead to  Align practice with policy and vice versa disparate treatment for employees or  Develop and follow “one” rule book customers? How?  Acknowledge and reward employees for doing the right things  Use the ethical test questions before acting/making © ARVis Institute, LLC 2011. All Rights Reserved. — (800) 901-1680 www.arvisinstitute.com www.arvoices.com