Human Nature, Unethical Behavior, Ethical Behavior And Work

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For an organization to survive in today’s environment it must find ways to remain competitive. Some organizations focus their energy on a marketing campaign to better a product, while others have realized their employees are its most important asset. While this notion does not clearly identify a right or wrong answer, it does highlight the new idea of an ethical work force. According to Business Ethics, “ethics is the set of principles a person uses to determine whether an action is good or bad” (Collins, 2012). While some would argue the greatest achievement in longevity is a strong bottom line, others state by forging a strong correlation between ethical behavior and work habits, employees are less likely to participate in workplace misconduct. This essay identifies the direct correlation with longevity and an ethical work force. So does ethical behavior matter in the work place? There are six items in chapter one and four of Business Ethics that identify ethical behavior and its importance in the work place. Such topics include: human nature, unethical behavior, ethical behavior and its competitive edge, code of ethics vs. code of conduct, creating a code of ethics, and connecting the code of ethics to strategic planning. Scholars have pondered the notion of human nature for centuries trying to find a single phrase. Unfortunately this has produced four ideas instead of one. According to Business Ethics, “human nature can be categorized into four areas: infants are
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