Although some people may disagree, I feel the Seven Layers of Integrity can be applied to any profession and be successfully executed within any organization. Since we are almost halfway done with the Ethics and Decision Making Course, the first four weeks have had a huge impact on the overall decision-making process.
Week One focused on laws at work and how they impact our performance and ability to accomplish our mission. It seems like today’s employers and some individuals are willing to break the law in order to make an extra buck. I’ve learned that these actions will have a domino effect on not only their employees but the economy/community as well. Which is worse, the laws being broken or code of ethics being violated?
Breaking the law means you probably violated some form of ethics. The same could be said for disregarding ethics to breach the law. Professionalism must be administered and exhibited regardless of the location and type of job. The more people, coworkers and friends respect you, the more they will do what’s right on a regular basis. Maybe it will take a few people to stand up and say something during bad business ethics because thy can quickly spiral out of control. The Enron Scandal is a classic example of what can happen when professionalism, ethics and laws are all disregarded.
Despite the fact that these are all just bad choices, we all have to be accountable for our actions. The fallout affects our families as well. How do you explain to your children and other family members that you broke a lot of rules and were a bad example for your peers? What do you expect them to say? Maybe people should think about these questions prior to going through with any decision.