My last semester in college began last week, and one of my courses is Business Ethics. So far, we’ve been looking at mission statements and ethical guidelines, using examples from companies like Medtronic and Cargil. We looked at a flowchart Medtronic uses to determine whether something is ethical or not, and it got me thinking about how difficult ethics can be sometimes. In a world obsessed with relativism and tolerance, how do you determine where your ethics lie? Religion? Philosophy? Experience? After all, ethical dilemmas can range from something as small as noticing a colleague taking home office supplies or as big as knowing funds are being embezzled in your company.
Regardless of what you use as your standard though, you can still run into gray areas, like the peer pressure to turn a blind eye to an issue that doesn’t really concern you. And what can you do in that situation? Here is a list of questions to ask yourself when facing ethical dilemmas in your workplace: