(2) Create a standard for your code of ethics that you will use to test ethical questions. Ask yourself what general effects you wish to see as a result of your code. As an example, you may decide that each ethical statement in your code should be universal, applicable on both personal and professional levels and not changed by the responses of others or by the the individual demands of other people.
(3) Write your ethical ideals down and compare them to your standard. Consider how each ethical statement will be represented differently in the two categories, personal and professional, by asking you what it will take to achieve that ethical principle in the two different atmospheres For instance, you may decide that honesty is an important ideal and should be univerl. Examine the differences between personal honesty, telling the truth and being upfront with others, and professional honesty, making product information available and addressing client needs as more important than the value of your final sale.
(4) Review your ethical standards regularly and consider how they are being implemented, if they are reasonable and check whether there is a need for modification in these ethical codes or not. Ask yourself if the ethical standard keep you from doing the right thing and if you find that it has, review the standard and consider an alternative that will allow you to do the right thing in the future. As an example, if you determine that your ethical demand for professjonaljs is causing you to get apart from your family and friends, reconsider the standard to determine if the ideal is best resigned to professional ethics.
Q.18. How do you enforce a code of ethics?
Ans. Enforcing a Code of Ethics A code of ethics establishes parameters for professional conduct in the business environment. It involves the principles and moral values ofan organisation or profession. The code offers standards that help guide workers when they encounter moral dilemmas. Enforcing a code of ethics is an important part of protecting the integrity of the profession and establishing fair and responsible practices, Implementing a code of ethics involves creating procedures for investigating allegations and imposing sanctions on those who violate the code.
(1) Write policies that clearly and thoroughly explain ethics and a worker’s obligations. Understanding of how the workers should resolve moral dilemmas is an important part of establishing the code.
(2) Present during a meeting with employees the various examples and case studies centered on ethical issues that might be encountered and how employees should address these issues.
(3) Discuss with workers the sanctions that will be imposed for violating the code of ethics. Depending on the violation, these sanctions can include a letter of reprimand, dismissal and possible criminal charge or civil law suits.
(4) Post the code of ethics in the workplace to serve as a constant reminder of a person’s ethical obligations and the repercussions that come along with the violation of these ethical rules.
(5) Form a code of ethics committee that will meet with executive-level staff who have exemplary performance records and explain to them the group’s purpose. Explain that the goal of the committee is to review and investigate allegations of ethical misbehaviour. Create a rubric or set of guidelines for assessing questionable ethical behaviour. Outline the series of steps that employees must take in order to address the committee with an allegation of misconduct.
(6) Explain to employees the protocol for reporting questionable ethical behaviour, Inform employees that allegations must be submitted in written form so as to properly document the incident.
(7) Conauct a hearing before the ethics committee and rule complaints of unethical behaviour. The ethics committee must decide upon disciplinary action.