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19 years. Can’t believe it, i still feel like nothing has changed in the last years When actually EVERYTHING has changed. I went through a lot of teenager struggle, from leaving and changing different schools, being lazy, trying out the limit of alcohol and having long nights and doing forbidden things to being a bit chubby, super skinny and now fitter than ever before. At some point, when i met my boyfriend and changed school for several times i started to also change my mind and thoughts. I started to overthink things, to discuss with people and to work hard for school. I tried to start to like myself, to love my body and to do the right ethical decisions. And now, a few years later, i’m here as a vegan with a big passion for cooking and baking, trying to live a healthy lifestyle, to care about a healthy mind and body and to feel comfortable just as the Person that i am. I graduated and learned a lot. I started with sports and feel better than ever before. I try to reflect myself as often as i can. And i’m, for the biggest Part of my recent life, happy about what i’ve achieved. I’ve learned that you have to get your ass off if you want to reach something, and this is what i did. And damn, it feels pretty good! (my birthday was on sunday, not today!)

How do I Make Ethical decisions?

How do I Make Ethical decisions?

In my new role as a part time chaplain I have been challenged to consider how I make ethical decisions.On one level it is automatic, a quick risk management process I hardly even think about… till it all goes wrong! Sadly, when that happens it is all too easy to justify the decision I have made, or blame somebody or something else to protect myself. Is that what Military ethics is all about? NO!…

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Sacrifices.

I realized today, what true friendship entails. It is not how well you listen, or how well you get or give advice or how much time you spend with the other person. It’s the level of sacrifice, real sacrifice that true friends do for each other. I am at that place in life, where I can truly say, that i’d over look any code of ethics, throw out what is considered morally right, give up sleep and personal time to come to aid of a TRUE friend. I may not have that beautiful vision of friendship yet, but it is a very real point in my life where I would make that sacrifice. I pray that if that day ever comes, that it would be for the right reasons and that I understand completely the consequences of the choice I would have to make.

STRESS!!!!!

trying to be extra healthy this year I signed up for intramurals at my university. I didn’t have a team so I had to sign up for the Thursday night individual league, which is the team that they create from the other loners (haha). I also have clinical on Thursdays, but I figured “what’s the worst that could happen? I miss one game tops? My team would be cool with that right?” AFTER CHECKING MY CALENDER I MIGHT BE MISSING LIKE 3-4 GAMES!!! IN A ROW!!! but I don’t want to quit cause I really want to play :( at the same time I don’t think its really fair to my team or to someone who could actually go to all the games. I’m having an ethical dilemma over here…

What kind of individual are you when dealing with workplace ethics?

There are a few different types of people who are responsible for workplace ethical dilemmas. Workers and employers should be aware of these kinds of people, in order to fix their downfalls. Four different varieties of people have been discovered. The first type of person is the conformist. This person ALWAYS takes their superior’s rules and decisions. While this can sometimes be good for the individual’s job performance, it may in fact be unethical. Not all employers make ethical decisions, and it must be up to the employee to stand up and steer clear of unethical choices. The second type of person, is the negotiator, this person makes up their code of conduct as they go along. The negotiator will change the rules according to what seems easiest at the time, regardless of the ethical impact. The third individual is the navigator. This type of person takes on a strong moral compass, which helps them make sound ethical decisions, even if it is not the popular or easiest choice. These people often command respect and leadership among their colleagues. Finally, the last kind of employee is the wiggler. The wiggler acts only in the interest of them and does not consider the ethical consequences. By taking the most self-advantageous route in workplace dilemmas, this type of person can cause major conflicts with others who don’t agree. To find out which person you are take the TEST! http://www.healthethicstrust.com/otjet

What kind of employee are you with regards to workplace decision-making? What can you do to better yourself and others with ethical choices? 

-Courtney 

Reference:

Pastin, Mark. “The Different Ways People Handle Ethical Issues in the Workplace.”Bloomberg Business Week. Bloomberg, 11 Nov. 2013. Web. 2 Mar. 2014. <http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-11-11/the-different-ways-people-handle-ethical-issues-in-the-workplace>.

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The Benefits of Having a Code of Ethics (Conduct)

Many, but not all companies and corporations have a code of ethics to rely on for employee management. These policies help to implement a mission statement and company value system. The main reason for this is to promote ethical behaviour inside the workplace, but it can also aid in public relations, HR, productivity, etc. Following, is an outline of the main benefits of having a code of ethics for your company: 

  • Guide employees in situations where the ethical course of action is not immediately obvious.
  • Help to provide a clear climate for the company with regards to their expectations, morals, and values. 
  • Minimize subjective management views and guards against preferential treatment.
  • Allow the company to stay lawful and legally regulated.
  • Prohibits against inappropriate behaviour. 
  • Builds societal trust, expectations, and respect.
  • Enhance morale, employee pride, loyalty and the recruiting encouragement. 
  • Promote market efficiency – especially in areas where laws are weak or inefficient – by rewarding the best and most ethical producers of goods and services.

Does your employer have a code of ethics or a code of conduct? Are you expected to know it and is it effective? 

-Courtney