The Importance of Ethics in the Workplace

2182 Words Jan 13th, 2006 9 Pages
The Importance of Ethics in the Workplace
From birth, most of us are taught what is right and wrong. Ethics is a trait that most human beings acquire, but with differences in values and perspectives, it may be hard to achieve. The problem lies in how ethics are taught to people. It is our duty as Americans and people on this Earth to train ourselves to become ethical in every thing we do. We should be practicing good ethics everywhere, at work, home, and school. Having good ethics should be part of our daily lives. This paper will discuss ethics and the importance of it in the workplace.
The Random House Dictionary (1999) defines ethics as: "1 A system of moral principles", "2 The rules of conduct recognized in respect to a
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Religion deals with the nature of spirituality. One will never be able to base ethics on of the beliefs of religion. This would be a never-ending debate on which religion would take precedence. For example, some religions believe that it is acceptable to marry more than one woman, while other religions don't believe this type of behavior is appropriate. Laws in any society may or may not be based on ethical principles. History has shown that laws change, sometimes yearly. For a period of about one hundred years, America was able to have slaves. If slaves ran away from their owners, they could be punished by being hung or tortured. Today, slavery is illegal in America. In today's society, we do not hang individuals for crimes, but depending on the crime; many states allow the death penalty. As you can see, these three reasons can hinder anyone from thinking ethically.
It is very important for everyone to be as ethical as possible. With all the distractions of the world, one can easily be swayed to act or perform in either an ethical or unethical way. We must look at every aspect of ethics, both good and bad to decide whether we are doing the right or wrong thing. It is truly in everyone's best interest to be an ethical abiding citizen. Much strife has happened in the world from people having weak minds and letting unethical people control their thoughts. In order to overcome these events, we must train our minds to be…

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