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Ethical Issues in the Workplace

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Introduction

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The 21st-century workplace is increasingly becoming defined by the need to raise the level of ethical practice. Unethical professional practices are hindrances to achieving optimum productivity among employees of an entity. For human resources to be productive, they must adhere to the code of conduct that defines their workplaces and their careers. When the employees of an organization fail to follow the ethical standards that define their practice, the public will lose trust in their products and services. Ethics ensures that within an organization, there is respect and fair treatment. When people engage in behavior that agrees with positive values and conforms to the available policies and regulations, there will be cohesiveness and teamwork. According to Ferrell (2016), involving stakeholders will prevent unethical practices in an organization. An organization that prioritizes communication, employee engagement, customer relations will have substantial grounds to safeguard ethical standards. Stakeholder integration enhances prioritization, visualization of changes, and performance improvement. The healthcare sector is one of the areas which are significantly shaped by ethical issues, especially regarding the quality of care given to patients. Health practitioners must make sound decisions and also report abnormalities that would trigger unethical practices.

Ethics in Healthcare

Healthcare practitioners have the responsibility of reporting any abnormal conduct that would lead to unethical practices. The healthcare sector has a long history of self-regulation founded on the commitment of the health workers to safeguard the wellbeing of the patients and public trust. Professionals in this sector thus have a duty to report incompetent and unethical conduct that can put the life of clients at risk. While working in healthcare, it was common for health workers to find themselves in ethical dilemmas. The healthcare facility was relatively busy, and thus issues of work burnouts among medical employees were common. Long working hours and having to serve many patients often affected the physicians and nurses both psychologically and mentally. According to Patel et al. (2018), burnout among physicians is a worldwide dilemma that is characterized by emotional fatigue and depersonalization, among other indicators. The research further states that work burnout among medical professionals leads to negative and hostile attitudes towards patients, which affects their ability to make sound decisions. Since fellow practitioners know that when their colleagues are fatigued, they have the responsibility of reporting impaired physicians to the appropriate management authority (Adler et al., 2017). When a fellow clinician’s mental health is affected, the wellbeing and treatment outcome of a patient will also be at stake. Burnout, when not checked, can render a doctor unable to carry out their professional obligations. When a healthcare worker has mental fatigue or is mentally unstable, the rest of the team members have an ethical obligation to inform the hospital’s authority.

The adoption of utilitarian theory in healthcare helps the practitioners adopt practices that promote the greater good for all. It was a standard procedure for the hospital’s management to continually emphasize the need to inform them of factors that would trigger unethical behaviors by the employees. Such a requirement was instrumental in creating formidable work relationships that were majorly based on the best interest of the patients. The employees understood that in case an unethical decision led to, for example, loss of life, the hospital would be subjected to lengthy court battles. Also, the public trust would be eroded, which would consequently jeopardize many careers. The utilitarian approach augers well with the approach assumed by the management, both of the same consider the welfare of the patients. The theory is applied primarily to determine the soundness of an intervention (Mandal et al., 2016). For example, it was a common practice for supervisors to request the human resource department to grant an employee a few days off to avoid them falling in the trap of unethical behavior. Such an intervention was morally sound since it helped avert a disaster. Mandal et al., (2016) note that although the utilitarian approach may have total benefit for the majority, it may have some undesirable impacts on a few individuals. After requesting that a clinician to be allowed to rest for some days, the human resource manager was often forced to call those on leave to cover for their colleagues. Resultantly, clients were assured of uninterrupted service delivery while a medic had to cut short their official work leave.

Spirituality in the workplace has little impact on the ethical behaviors of the employees. Throughout human history, spirituality has had a significant impact on the attitudes and conduct of people around the world. In the past few decades, spirituality has found its way in the governing of business entities as researchers, managers, and educators have endeavored to find ways of influencing human resources’ behaviors (Ayoun et al., 2015). In the corporate world, spirituality is necessary for experiencing transcendence through the way in which different stakeholders interact with each other. Increasingly, spirituality is becoming an inevitability for work-life balance, and its impact could be significant in improving the performance and productivity of employees.

Researchers have, however, attempted to address whether spirituality has a tangible influence on moral behavior. The research established that workplace spirituality has no connection with ethical insight, judgment, and moral strength (Ayoun et al., 2015). In the healthcare setup, both medical and non-medical professionals are faced with numerous ethical concerns in their work. Some of the concerns are fraudulent transactions, negligence, and omissions, with the latter being closely related to mental fatigue. As mentioned above, it was noted that due to heavy workloads, many medical employees experienced burnouts, which affected their ability to make decisions. If a physician omits an aspect of service delivery due to mental fatigue, it would be difficult to tie that to their spirituality. Ayoun et al. (2015) conclude by stating that overstressing on workplace spirituality as a foundation for moral behavior would have minimal impact. It is thus important to recognize that although spirituality can improve ethics standards at the workplace, there are other important factors to be considered.

Ethical Challenges in Research

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Several ethical challenges are related to medical research. Medical research is an area that is gaining momentum in many hospitals across the country. Research is the primary driver in the healthcare industry since from it, medical practitioners can gain insights and solutions to different diseases. Workplace bullying is an area of concern that is defined by negative interpersonal relations (Fahie et al., 2014). Researchers are increasingly attempting to understand the issue of adult-to-adult bullying in the workplace and its consequences. Fahie et al. (2014) further acknowledge that behaviors such as bullying and bias are unethical and should not be encouraged among researchers. Intimidation among researchers is a sensitive issue in that it poses substantial threats both for the perpetrators and victims. As mentioned above, the theory of utilitarianism requires one to engage in behavior that is best for the majority. It, therefore, means that when a researcher is a victim of bullying, their work will be affected, and the interests of the society will be at stake. It thus follows that reporting such incidences to the relevant authorities is the best course of action.

The virtue ethics theory is best placed to govern the realm of research and thus prevent any form of bullying. The theory is based on individuals making the right decisions at their places of work. Its major underlying principle is the factors that make good public relations. In the realm of research, researchers rely on each other as they try to arrive at solutions to different problems. As such, research work is dependent on healthy interpersonal relationships among the stakeholders. Bullying can be a divisive tool that works to bring disharmony in a team (Fahie et al., 2014). Researchers should demonstrate good character and honesty as they execute their mandate. Objectivity, in this case, is necessary, which will enable the parties involved not to deviate from the goals at hand. Also, the researcher should respect the responder’s personal space, which in itself is a crucial aspect of research work. Adopting ethical practices in research will be a foundation for better outcomes and promote the usability and reliability of the findings. Last, the researcher should inform the responder that they have a right to withdraw whenever they want without being profiled negatively.

Ethical Considerations in Management

Ethics are fundamental considerations in decision making, especially concerning the welfare of employees. According to Schulte and Salamanca-Buentello (2007), the management of an organization has the responsibility of considering ethical implications when ensuring occupational health and safety requirements for their employees. In any organization, there should be policies that govern issues of health and safety of workers. For example, in a hospital set up, the management must ensure that workers are protected from infections and other related hazards. One major way of enforcing this requirement is for the company to have explicit policies that define safety and health issues. It would be unethical, for instance, for employees working in a medical research institute to be exposed to viruses and other microorganisms used in experiments.

The management must understand the implications of employees accepting the risks involved in the workplace. The management must first understand the impact of workers being exposed to workplace hazards and any repercussions that might arise. According to Schulte and Salamanca-Buentello (2007), acceptance of risks by employees is linked to the identification and communication of triggering factors within the organization. After identification of threat factors, the management should tie them to possible ramifications. Importantly, autonomy and respect for individual justice must be upheld (Schulte & Salamanca-Buentello, 2007). The utilitarian theory provides a basis for the management to understand the relationship between health risks and the repercussions. The interests of human resources are closely tied to those for clients. When the health and safety of workers are compromised, they will automatically not be able to discharge their duties. It, therefore, requires management to include workers in decision making as it will give them a better understanding of the latter’s views on safety issues. The utilitarian theory will, therefore, facilitate the achievement of organizational goals and objectives since the management will be able to promote ethical practices in the workplace.

Fraudulent Behaviors in the Workplace

It is the responsibility of a company to produce goods that will not harm consumers. In any business, the wellbeing of the consumer should be at the center of the production process. It is unethical to produce goods or offer services that will harm the user. It is the mandate of an entity to inspect the safety of its products before releasing them for consumption (White, 2001). Besides, consumers have a right to information regarding the health benefits of a product which should be provided by the manufacturer. Producers must attach information on ingredients and side effects of their products. Such information will help users of a product to make informed decisions before buying or using it. Deontology concerns the ethics of duty, and as such, the morals of action will depend on the nature of triggering behavior (Mandal et al., 2016). Duty theories in ethics provide that regardless of the outcome, harm will be unacceptable. These theories thus work to tie down producers of goods to observe safety policies during their production processes regardless of whether their products will earn the company good profits.

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In the medical world, manufacturers of drugs must ensure that that the side effects of these medicines are containable. Duty theories will enable an organization to establish meaningful relationships with its clients due to customer satisfaction. Last, the divine command theory helps eliminate vices, such as child labor, which are against the law. The divine commands theory is based on the principle that an action “violates the will of God” (“University of Notre Dame” 2008). Moral requirements are traceable to the will of God, and as such, manufacturers should seek to assess what the will of God would be in their actions. Employing minors amounts to some form of oppression since they cannot make sound decisions. People should thus engage in acts that are synonymous with the will of God and those that are in alignment with religion.

Conclusion

Ethics within institutions can be achieved through following the relevant codes of conduct and policies that govern human behavior. Each organization should have policies and standards that have the bests interest of the majority and which require every employee to behaving in a virtuous manner. For respect and justice to prevail, ethics must be a central pillar in an organization’s work culture and business processes. It is upon the management of an organization to understand the dynamics of its parent industry, including laws and regulations that govern its operations. With this knowledge, the leadership will be able to develop policies and codes of conduct that will internally influence the actions of human resources.

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Ayoun, B., Rowe, L., & Yassine, F. (2015). Is workplace spirituality associated with business ethics?. International Journal of Contemporary hospitality management.

Fahie, D. (2014). Doing sensitive research sensitively: Ethical and methodological issues in researching workplace bullying. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 13(1), 19-36.

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FAQs

How do you answer Tell me about a time you faced an ethical dilemma? ›

Your response to an ethical dilemma question doesn't have to involve a heroic act or a serious and life-changing event. Your answer really just needs to highlight your ethics and values as an employee. Always give an example from your professional experience.

What are the 4 categories of ethical issues in the workplace? ›

Ethical issues in the workplace are defined as instances in which a moral quandary arises and must be resolved within an organization. Unethical accounting, harassment, health and safety, technology, privacy, social media, and discrimination are the five primary types of ethical issues in the workplace.

How do those ethical issues will be resolved? ›

5 Steps for Resolving Ethics Issues
  • Cut the Ethical Issues Off at Their Root.
  • Create An Environment of Trust.
  • Institute a Formal Code of Conduct and Reporting System.
  • Go Beyond The Law.
  • Punish and Reward Accordingly.
6 Jul 2018

How can ethical issues in the workplace be avoided? ›

However, business owners and their management teams can work with employees to prevent unethical behaviors.
  1. Create a Code of Conduct. ...
  2. Lead By Example. ...
  3. Reinforce Consequences for Unethical Behavior. ...
  4. Show Employees Appreciation. ...
  5. Welcome an Ethics Speaker. ...
  6. Create Checks and Balances. ...
  7. Hire for Values.

What is the 3 step approach to solve an ethical problem? ›

Consider this three-step process for solving an ethical dilemma: (1) analyze the consequences; (2) analyze the actions; (3) make a decision.

How do you deal with an unethical situation any examples? ›

It's important to assess the situation and figure out the best course of action.
  1. Take Stock of your Behavior. ...
  2. Analyze the Situation. ...
  3. Document your Observation. ...
  4. Always Assume the Best. ...
  5. Seek Advice from a Mentor. ...
  6. Gently Intervene if Possible. ...
  7. Talk to your Coworker. ...
  8. Bow Out of the Situation.

What is an example of a ethical issue? ›

Some examples of ethical dilemma include: Taking credit for others' work. Offering a client a worse product for your own profit. Utilizing inside knowledge for your own profit.

How do you answer what are your ethics? ›

Tips for Giving the Best Answer
  1. Be specific: Provide examples that show how you have demonstrated your work ethic.
  2. Be concise: Share your example succinctly, without rambling on too long.
  3. Showcase qualities valued by the job at hand: Think back to the job description and any research you did about the company.
18 Jun 2021

What is the most ethical issue? ›

Types of Ethical Issues in Business
  1. Discrimination. One of the biggest ethical issues affecting the business world in 2020 is discrimination. ...
  2. Harassment. ...
  3. Unethical Accounting. ...
  4. Health and Safety. ...
  5. Abuse of Leadership Authority. ...
  6. Nepotism and Favoritism. ...
  7. Privacy. ...
  8. Corporate Espionage.

What is the most common ethical problem for employees? ›

1. Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace. Harassment and discrimination are arguably the largest ethical issues that impact business owners today. Should harassment or discrimination take place in the workplace, the result could be catastrophic for your organization both financially and reputationally.

What you can do to improve ethics at your company? ›

Promoting Workplace Ethics
  1. Be a Role Model and Be Visible. Employees look at top managers to understand what behavior is acceptable. ...
  2. Communicate Ethical Expectations. ...
  3. Offer Ethics Training. ...
  4. Visibly Reward Ethical Acts and Punish Unethical Ones. ...
  5. Provide Protective Mechanisms.
4 Apr 2017

What step is first when resolving an ethical problem or conflict? ›

1. DETERMINE whether there is an ethical issue or/and dilemma. Is there a conflict of values, or rights, or professional responsibilities? (For example, there may be an issue of self-determination of an adolescent versus the well-being of the family.)

What are ethical issues in decision-making? ›

Ethical decision-making is based on core character values like trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. Ethical decisions generate ethical behaviors and provide a foundation for good business practices.

What is an ethical situation in the workplace? ›

Examples of ethical behaviors in the workplace includes; obeying the company's rules, effective communication, taking responsibility, accountability, professionalism, trust and mutual respect for your colleagues at work. These examples of ethical behaviors ensures maximum productivity output at work.

What should you do if you observe unethical behavior in the workplace? ›

If you see, experience, or suspect an ethics breach at your employer, gather and document your facts and questions, check the issue escalation policy, and then talk privately to your immediate supervisor and the chief compliance officer. Question what you've seen, but don't be accusatory or self-righteous.

How managers can improve ethical behavior in an organization? ›

Good, regular and consistent communication and training will help to embed an ethical culture. Provide support routes for staff. Organisations need to develop clear routes for reporting suspected fraud and violation of company policies on ethical behaviour.

What is the best method of dealing with an ethical decision? ›

Consider discussing the ethical dilemma with the person directly to help manage the situation. You can gain perspective, ask clarifying questions and attempt to influence your colleague to make a more ethical decision. They might appreciate your directness and correct their actions.

What are basic ethics? ›

The expression "basic ethical principles" refers to those general judgments that serve as a basic justification for the many particular ethical prescriptions and evaluations of human actions.

How do you address unethical issues? ›

Establish a protocol. Include in your code of ethics instructions about how to report unethical behavior. For example, set up an anonymous ethics hotline as well as a clear protocol for reporting, such as requesting a private meeting with the appropriate manager or supervisor.

What are the 5 most common unethical behaviors in the workplace? ›

Listed below are the five most frequently observed unethical behaviors in the workplace.
  • 1- Misusing company time.
  • 2- Taking credit for others hard work.
  • 3- Lying to your employees.
  • 4- Abusive behavior.
  • 5- Data breaching.
  • 01- Create a code of conduct.
  • 02- Promote your values and lead by example.
  • 03- Show Employees Appreciation.
11 Mar 2022

What is unethical behaviour in the workplace? ›

Common unethical behaviours in the workplace

This can be staff showing up late, taking longer or additional breaks, falsifying time sheets, or running personal errands on work time. These bad habits can quickly spread to other employees.

What are the four ethical issues that you have learned? ›

This framework approaches ethical issues in the context of four moral principles: respect for autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice (see table 1). This framework has been influential because the values it espouses seem to align with our moral norms.

What is professional and ethical issues? ›

Professional ethics are principles that govern the behaviour of a person or group in a business environment. Like values, professional ethics provide rules on how a person should act towards other people and institutions in such an environment.

What is ethical issues in organizations? ›

Ethical issues in business occur when a decision, activity or scenario conflicts with the organisation's or society's ethical standards. Both organisations and individuals can become involved in ethical issues since others may question their actions from a moral viewpoint.

What are the 10 good work ethics? ›

The ten work ethic traits: appearance, attendance, attitude, character, communication, cooperation, organizational skills, productivity, respect and teamwork are defined as essential for student success and are listed below.

How would you describe a good work ethic? ›

Work ethic is an attitude of determination and dedication toward one's job. Those with a strong work ethic place a high value on their professional success. They exhibit moral principles that make them outstanding employees in any position.

What is a good ethical question? ›

Ethical Questions that Arise from the Scenario

Should you or should you not let them? Is it fair to the others in the class? What harm can it cause to you or others?

What do you mean by ethics and give examples? ›

Ethics, for example, refers to those standards that impose the reasonable obligations to refrain from rape, stealing, murder, assault, slander, and fraud. Ethical standards also include those that enjoin virtues of honesty, compassion, and loyalty.

What do you mean by ethical issue? ›

What Does Ethical Issues Mean? Ethical issues occur when a given decision, scenario or activity creates a conflict with a society's moral principles. Both individuals and businesses can be involved in these conflicts, since any of their activities might be put to question from an ethical standpoint.

What are moral ethical issues? ›

A moral (ethical) dilemma is a situation that involves a choice, decision, act/action, solution that may include an unpleasant problem or situation where you feel you simply do not know what to do or which way to turn.

What are the causes of ethical issues in business? ›

The four major factors that can cause ethical problems in the workplace are lack of integrity, organizational relationship problems, conflicts of interest, and misleading advertising.

What is a professional issue? ›

Professional issues are areas of debate about ethical or practical conduct that underpin good professional practice.

Why is ethics in business important? ›

Business ethics enhances the law by outlining acceptable behaviors beyond government control. Corporations establish business ethics to promote integrity among their employees and gain trust from key stakeholders, such as investors and consumers.

What are the most urgent ethical issues in business today? ›

Common ethical issues in business
  • Discrimination.
  • Workplace safety.
  • Social media use.
  • Employee privacy.
26 Jul 2021

Why is ethical decision-making difficult? ›

There are mistakes, inevitably, and the human tendency to deny them or cover them up, which makes change very difficult. Moral sensitivity is reduced. Ethical problems are not apparent, as they are often masked under technical considerations, which are the dominant force.

How do you measure workplace ethics? ›

The best way to measure the effectiveness of a company's ethical standards is to observe the results of employee actions. When the company is able to establish and maintain a loyal and satisfied customer base, management has a sure indicator that employees are treating customers ethically.

What is ethical resolution? ›

The ethics of dispute resolution are the rules and codes of behavior by which acceptable practice is defined. Both rules and codes of practice vary according to the subject matter of the dispute, the type of process that is being used, the role of the person governed by the rule or code, and the location (or culture).

Why is it important to carefully resolve ethical dilemmas as an employee? ›

An understanding of ethical dilemmas will give you a better idea of how you can resolve them should they arise. Prompt resolution of ethical dilemmas ensures efficient operations, keeps employee morale high, enhances the strength of leadership, and improves the public profile of companies.

Why is it important to make ethical decisions? ›

Ethical decisions inspire trust and with it fairness, responsibility and care for others. The ethical decision making process recognizes these conditions and requires reviewing all available options, eliminating unethical views and choosing the best ethical alternative. Good decisions are both effective and ethical.

What are the 7 principles of ethical decision making? ›

In brief these are: 1) modify human practices when possible; 2) justify the need for control; 3) have clear and achievable outcome-based objectives; 4) cause the least harm to animals; 5) consider community values and scientific information; 6) include long-term systematic management; and 7) base control on the ...

What are some barriers to ethical behavior? ›

These barriers include: improper framing; cognitive biases and psychological tendencies; moral rationalizations; and self-interest. Improper framing takes place when we ignore the ethical implications of the situation, and instead only recognize the economic and/or legal implications of the situation.

What should you do if you observe unethical behavior in the workplace? ›

If you see, experience, or suspect an ethics breach at your employer, gather and document your facts and questions, check the issue escalation policy, and then talk privately to your immediate supervisor and the chief compliance officer. Question what you've seen, but don't be accusatory or self-righteous.

What are the 5 steps in resolving ethical dilemma? ›

RIGHT Decision Method
  1. Recognize the ethical dilemma.
  2. Identify points of view.
  3. Gather resources and assistance.
  4. Have a plan.
  5. Take action based on ethical standards.

What are the six steps to resolving an ethical dilemma? ›

Understanding Ethics
  1. Know the Facts. Before tackling an ethical issue, clearly define the nature of the challenge. ...
  2. Identify the Required Information. You don't know what you don't know. ...
  3. List the Concerns. ...
  4. Develop Possible Resolutions. ...
  5. Evaluate the Resolutions. ...
  6. Recommend an Action.
2 Mar 2020

When faced with an ethical dilemma What is the first question you should ask? ›

When facing Ethical Dilemmas what three questions should you ask yourself? Is it legal? Is it balanced? How will it make me feel about myself?

How do you address unethical issues? ›

Establish a protocol. Include in your code of ethics instructions about how to report unethical behavior. For example, set up an anonymous ethics hotline as well as a clear protocol for reporting, such as requesting a private meeting with the appropriate manager or supervisor.

How do you address unprofessional behavior in the workplace? ›

Tips for Effectively Confronting Poor Behavior
  1. Address the issue immediately. If you cannot address the issue right away, make sure you do so before the end of their shift when it is still fresh in both of your minds. ...
  2. Discuss the matter in private. ...
  3. Be very polite.
13 Mar 2020

What are the 7 principles of ethical decision making? ›

In brief these are: 1) modify human practices when possible; 2) justify the need for control; 3) have clear and achievable outcome-based objectives; 4) cause the least harm to animals; 5) consider community values and scientific information; 6) include long-term systematic management; and 7) base control on the ...

How do you identify ethical issues? ›

When considering ethical issues, it is advised that you follow a stepwise approach in your decision-making process:
  1. Recognize there is an issue.
  2. Identify the problem and who is involved.
  3. Consider the relevant facts, laws and principles.
  4. Analyze and determine possible courses of action.
  5. Implement the solution.

How do you make ethical decisions? ›

A Framework for Ethical Decision Making
  1. Identify the Ethical Issues.
  2. Get the Facts.
  3. Evaluate Alternative Actions.
  4. Choose an Option for Action and Test It.
  5. Implement Your Decision and Reflect on the Outcome.
5 Nov 2021

What is the most important step in ethical decision making? ›

Step 1: Define the problem

The most significant step in any decision-making process is to determine why a decision is called for and identify the desired outcome(s).

What is ethical issue example? ›

Some examples of ethical dilemma include: Taking credit for others' work. Offering a client a worse product for your own profit. Utilizing inside knowledge for your own profit.

What are the 9 strategies for making ethical decisions? ›

Nine Basic Steps to Personal Ethical Decision Making
  • Practice ethical behavior actively. ...
  • Beware of "new" ethics programs. ...
  • Define the ethical problem when it arises. ...
  • Formulate alternatives. ...
  • Evaluate the alternatives. ...
  • Seek additional assistance, as appropriate. ...
  • Choose the best ethical alternative.

What are the three questions to answer when faced with a potentially unethical action? ›

We can put or business decisions through an ethics check by asking three questions (1) is it legal? (2) Is it balanced? and (3) How will it make me feel? You just studied 7 terms!

When faced with an ethical decision what should you ask yourself? ›

6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Confronted With Ethical Issues
  • Am I breaking any laws? ...
  • Who are the stakeholders? ...
  • What information am I missing? ...
  • What are the short- and long-term consequences? ...
  • Is my decision in line with my company's core values? ...
  • What would my mom think about this decision?
21 Jan 2014

What three questions can you ask yourself when facing an ethical dilemma? ›

Blanchard and Peale suggest that leaders ask the following three questions when making a decision about an ethical problem:
  • Is it legal? The purpose of this question is to get you to look at existing standards. ...
  • Is it balanced? ...
  • How will it make me feel about myself?
21 Apr 2014

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