1. The Mayor of a large city was given a free membership in an exclusive golf club by people who have received several city contracts. He also accepted gifts from organizations that have not done business with the City but might in the future. The gifts ranged from $200 tickets to professional sports events to designer watches and jewelry.
* --Is it ethical for an employer to require as a condition of employment or use as a consideration for advancement promotion, that an employee participate in organizations apart from the business (ie. community non-profit organizations)? Does the type or nature of the organization make a difference?
A code of ethics/conduct is an important part of an organization. It clarifies the organization 's mission, values and principles, linking them with standards of professional conduct. According to CSUGlobal.edu (n.d.), ethics is the study of good and bad behavior and a person is acting ethically, they are doing what is right. Additionally, ethics require that a person conforms to a higher standard of behavior than the law requires. A code of ethics is an open disclosure for the way an organization operates and provides visible guidelines for behavior (ethics.org, 2009). Having a code of ethics is important as it guides decisions, at all levels, which creates a common foundation for which all decisions are based. As Ingram (n.d.) adds, it is important for any business because breaches of ethics can put companies in serious trouble with consumers, other organizations or government authorities. There is a prevalence of ethics codes in organizations all around the world; in the United States, according to Schwartz (2002), over ninety percent of the larger corporations have a code of ethics. By establishing a clear cut set of ethical standards, employees become aware of what the organizational standard is for ethical decision-making and the culture it strives to establish. No matter the type of organizational form, it is important to establish ethical standards.
Last summer I had an opportunity to intern for a regional public accounting firm just outside of Philadelphia. During the internship, I encountered my first real on the job "ethical dilemma." I had been working at the firm for probably 3 weeks before the incident occurred. It happened on a Friday in late June. This was no ordinary Friday, as all of the partners of the firm were out of the office on an annual retreat. Furthermore, on this Friday, many of the managers and principals of the firm were out of the office on vacation. Continuing, it was lunch time and I was approached by a senior staff member (who happened to be kind of the clown of the office). He invited me to a lunch engagement
Ethical dilemmas come up often within the workplace and can be difficult to handle when an employee needs to choose between what’s right and what’s wrong based on their own morals and principals. Handling ethical issues should be pursued in a steady and cautious approach towards matters that can potentially be dangerous or illegal. (Mayhew) One ethical dilemma that I was caught in the middle of left me in a position where I was almost forced into firing a person because of their sexual orientation. I felt this was an unethical request, and really made me think twice about the company I was working for and representing.
A 19 year old college student and addicted gambler was pulled over for erratic driving on the Long Island Expressway. He pulled out a toy pistol and pointed it at the officer, he was then shot and killed. Another incident involving a 45 year old cancer patient had the same ending in new Jersey. He walked into a Pizza Shop and pointed a gun at the officers inside eating. Experts believe that they force the cops to kill them as a form of suicide. Suicide is difficult to commit and forcing an officer to kill you takes away the pressure of completing the task. Some insurance companies don’t cover suicide and religions forbid it so it is away of taking the guilt and shame away from common suicide. 10% of fatal police
A breach is a failure to do what is required by a law, an agreement or a duty. It is a failure to act in a required or desired way. This means that breaches occur when legislative requirements are not complied with.
Scenario: You have worked at this organization for over 10 years and feel totally unappreciated. You have not received a promotion or pay raise in over 5 years, and you work long days and typically take work home with you to stay caught up. Your supervisor—who you despise because of the way he treats you and because he does not authorize any promotion or raise, whereas other departments do—climbs the staircase in front of your cubicle every day to get to his office. This particular supervisor has been with the organization for over 30 years and can essentially retire at any time, but he chooses to continue to work. You happen to notice that a portion of the staircase is rotting out and
Our case study discusses the rise and fall of one of the largest telecommunications corporations in the world, Nortel Networks Corporation. Nortel was one of the many early 21st century telecommunications companies that failed due to upper echelon management, a dysfunctional board of directors, inflated costs and earnings, and a smoke and mirrors illusion of stability. There were many avenues that could have been taken that would have prevented the demise and fall of the organization, but those roads were not traveled. Many argue that government intervention could have prevented the backlash and whitewater effect of Nortel’s bankruptcy, but due to corporate ties within the government and the Securities and Exchange Commission the many
An ethical dilemma exists when the right thing to do is not clear or when members of the health care team cannot agree on the right thing to do (Potter, Perry, Stockert, & Hall, 2011). S.Z. is a 65-year-old Hispanic man who was admitted to the hospital for the third time in 6 months, for hyperglycemia. He is now scheduled to be discharged but his daughter pleads with the nurse that she does not want her father discharged because he is non-complaint with his medications and diet at home. She says she has small children at home and can’t be responsible for him, too. She is worried sick that he is doing this on purpose because he has been so depressed since her mother, who did everything for him,
A Code of Ethics is regarded as the written guideline to the moral constitution of an organization ( ). The Code of Ethics (Appendix A) outlines the rights, duties, responsibilities, and a benchmark for the organization and its evaluation (Mihai & Alina, 2013). It contains behavioral principles and rules of conduct that aids in the decision-making processes and balances the stakeholders ' expectations and interests against corporate responsibility ( ). The establishment and practice of a code of ethics is mandatory for all organizations to govern business practices. The Sarean Oxly Act was established as a result of unethical business practices. The successful implementation and communication of the ethical philosophy an organization uses to conduct business can affect the reputation, productivity, and bottom line of the business. The goals of a strong and comprehensive code of ethics implementation plan focuses on assuring the presence of appropriate internal policies and controls. The need for an organization to demonstrate a commitment to integrity and ethical values is a key element to improve the organizations stability sustainability ( ). The code of ethics should have a detailed plan of implementation that includes communication, managing, accountability, monitoring, evaluation and a process on handling the consequences of misconduct. This paper will outline a successful
Issue Identification and Explanation: Provide the reader with an in depth description of your ethical situation - for example: describe your situation so we can understand who is involved, what the ethical situation is, and why it is an ethical situation.
Ethics is an area of study that deals with the ideas about what are morally good and bad behaviors (Finkelman & Kenner, 2016). A study of ethical behavior and decision-making about ethical issues in nursing is one of the most important aspects. Nurses are confronted almost daily with ethical challenges in making decisions when there is no right or wrong answer in the provision of patient’s quality care (Ulrich, et al., 2010, p 2510). When it comes to decision-making in healthcare, understandable conflict occurs between health care providers, clients and people in the community about the right thing to do when ethics, values, and decisions about health care collide. Examples include diverse topics such as the ratio of staff, and end of life care. This essay will include a multiple gun shot wound paraplegic patient (Mr. B) refusing treatments including antibiotics and wants to leave Against Medical Advice (AMA) due to frustration from being in hospital for long time. This was the case that happened while I was in one of my clinical sites as nursing students. In addition, this paper will also represent the understanding of ethical principles that apply in case of someone’s refusing treatment.
Yes, it is important for everyone to have their own ethical own ethical code. Everyone has their own philosophy when it comes to ethics, because we 're all different. A code is built on a commitment to integrity, truthfulness, and fairness to all persons. The existence of a Code of Ethics cannot guarantee that all persons will behave in ways deemed ethical by all other persons.