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Ethics at Work

Ethics are the principles or standards that govern our actions. Ethical behaviour at work can be summarized as honesty, accountability and respect.

Here are some reminders of the practical applications of ethics.

Respect

bullet Respect for self: a healthy lifestyle, optimism and confidence.
bullet Respect for others: positive work relationships, based on effective communication and appropriate behaviour.
bullet Respect for the organization: taking an interest in the work being done, and caring for the workplace.

Accountability

bullet Taking responsibility for and "owning" your actions and mistakes.
bullet Avoiding making excuses or blaming others.
bullet Admitting to "not knowing", and then finding out, to avoid making mistakes.

Honesty

bullet Being truthful.
bullet Avoiding "time theft" by being on time, keeping personal tasks out of the workplace and by committing to a full day's work.
bullet Not assuming personal use of workplace equipment or taking work supplies home.

Making Ethical Decisions

If you are unsure about the ethics of a situation it may help to ask yourself these questions:

bullet Is it legal?
bullet How does it make you feel?
bullet What if your actions were made public?
bullet Will it harm anyone?
bullet Is it fair?
bullet Would you feel differently if it were your business? If you were the customer?