My Ethics 101
To be or not to be?… So what was the question?
I just saw a post - A news agency’s new policy on Ethics. At first I thought it was a pretty good post to include on this scoop.it page. After a while of reading this new-found policy I thought it was pretty good, but something kept nagging at the back of my mine. So I stopped to think for a bit and my train of thought led to “what is new about this?” “Ethics have been around since before Aristotle, so why the new policy. Have ethics changed or evolved for a journalist? Seems to me we saw an article last week about the ethics of some Journalist in Pakistan and I hope it turned enough stomachs green that we never have to read about something like that ever again. But we will, nothing has changed, not yet, but I have faith one day it will.
..nothing has changed. But I have faith one day mankind’s ethics will rule.
As I continued to look for articles to place on the Applied Ethics in Business Scoop.it page, I came to realize when I started this particular journey I never explained why I was doing it. What motivated me to curate this and the other three scoop.it pages I curate?
What motivated me to curate Applied Ethics in Business and the other three topics I curate on the scoop.it pages?
I thought now might be a good time to do that. To explain why it is I chose this topic. When I started this journey almost a month ago now, it was because I truly believed, and still do, that all things being equal:
A business with defined Ethical Policies revolving around:
- consumer ethical guidance and
- employee ethical standards would
- instill confidence in the consumers and
- statistically create happier employees
In using my very keen skill of deductive reasoning, I believe in the more sales and happier employee’s on a number of levels give you a greater profit. At the same time committing to your local community can only make you stronger in the community. Stronger in the community equates to more consumer knowledge of your business and again, creates a larger profit. I think my logic is stable. It might be sitting on the ledge, but it’s sitting there and not falling off, so it’s stable.
What is falling off a ledge? The underlying axiom for why I started this journey.
I initially started this journey with a relatively solid theory. I would either prove it right or prove it wrong and in either case I would still have answers and isn’t that what we all seek anyway? “Right or wrong does it really matter? What matters most to me is having an answer that is concrete. It doesn’t need to be black or white, but it does need to have some serious density to it.
Work hard, play hard, and never mix the two.
This would be a good time to give you the reason I curate the Applied Ethics scoop.it pages. You see, as an American, I’m also from a Tarheel Family I was raised with what we called very strict rules, and even harder work ethics. I’ve always taken a great deal of pride in both of the values represented here. Strict Rules. Hard Work. A good person works hard, plays harder and never mixes the two.
Those were not only my motto’s as I got older, but also my life-style too. I always worked hard and anyone who knows me at all, knows how hard I work. Yet as I’m thinking through how I came to learn about work ethics the memory escapes me. I don’t think there was ever a time I didn’t know about work ethics. No one lesson taught me what ethics were. No-one gave me a list of rules I should follow with the words Work Ethics as the title. What are ethics? What defines ethical principles? How are they defined? Can we have Ethics without Morals? How about Morals without Ethics? Do we need to have one before we can have another? So as I’m pondering these questions and searching for the answers I will share my journey in hopes of influencing you, the reader, toward formally Applying Ethics in you business.
- Examine the ethicaland evironmental responsibilities of Sainsbury.Apply ethical theories and sustainability models. Examine its CSR activities (thinkingbookworm.typepad.com)
- CFP: Conference on Metaphysics and Ethics, East and West (warpweftandway.wordpress.com)
- Netiquette and Online Ethics: What Are They? (webroot.com)
- Why a code of conduct won’t change Craig Thomson (crikey.com.au)
- A Rambling on Morality (interimsleben.com)
- Trying to choose an ethical career path? Maybe it’s not the one you think (99percentblog.org)
- Should there be ethics in writing? (rjmedak.wordpress.com)