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By: Charlene Lacandazo
A good work ethic is a skill that needs to be acquired, although some people believe that it is a natural attitude or behavior of an individual. It is often said that, with a changing workplace environment, it is necessary to change workplace ethics too!
Good work ethics includes a positive attitude with all work projects and having a good relationship with other people inside the workplace. Hence, work ethics are probably the most important asset that every individual should have in the workplace. But, what is the significance of work or business ethics to the people?
Running a business requires adequate consideration given to a number of issues outside the traditional scope of making money, of which ethics is most certainly one. Does it mean that business managers or executives should not only understand finance and marketing but also should study the business ethics? What is the impact of studying business ethics to the company?
As a business grows and becomes more significant, any individuals that work under the name of a certain company make an impact on the lives and circumstances of people in different ways. Thus, business ethics is especially important in dealing with customers.
Impacts of Business Ethics on the Company
It is perfectly reasonable to ask why it is necessary to be good. The question itself implies a positive answer. Most often, good behavior brings its own reward; although ethics is not the same as self-interest, business executives often believe that these things are the same. An ethical company is more likely to build a good reputation, which will most likely bring financial rewards over the long term. However, not all people can perform the right ethics in the workplace, only those people who are interested and ethically understand their functions and value to the company.
Cultural Ethics – Increasing Trust and Driving Down Risks
An organization with strong ethical values, from top executives to managers to workers, tends to experience less misconduct, and thus less retaliation on the job. Many people ask why ethics is such a vital component of management practice and business leadership. It has been said that companies cannot be competitive at either national or international levels, without the practice and application of business ethics; with ethics both the company and workers feel an obligation to consider not only their own personal well-being but also the welfare of the entire group as a whole.
Creating an Ethical Workplace
Business managers in organization commonly strive to encourage ethical practices in order to ensure moral conduct and to gain a business advantage. One of the effective ways to promote ethics in the workplace is to provide the work force with appropriate training.
Business ethics is an important responsibility of everybody in the workplace; it is not just the responsibility of business executives and business managers in the company, but also it is a social responsibility of the workers. Thus, it is necessary not to wait to let other people tell you about your behavior but, you need to work out your values in order to fit in a particular harmonized and ethical group.
Charlene Lacandazo works for Rosetta Translation, a translation agency in London specializing in business translations.