Factors affecting Ethical Behavior

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Work ethics and ethical behavior

To understand what is the work ethics and what is meant by ethical behavior and what are the factors influencing the ethical behavior, we need to know the meaning of some key words.

Ethics is a philosophical term derived from the Greek word "ethos" meaning character or custom and can be defined as the code of moral principles that sets standards of bad or good or wrong or right in one's conduct.

Work ethics can be defined as carrying out one's business in a morally correct and honorable manner. It is all about doing the right thing, in the right way for the right reason.

Ethical behavior is that which is accepted to be right or good opposed to bad or wrong in the context of the governing moral code.

For example, is it ethical to pay a bribe to obtain a business contract in a foreign country? Is it ethical to allow your company to withhold information that might discourage a job candidate from joining your organization? Is it ethical to ask someone to take a job you know will not be good for their career progress? Is it ethical to do personal business on company time? The list of examples could go on and on.

Despite one's initial inclinations in response to these questions, the major point of it all is to remind organizations that the public-at-large is demanding that government officials, managers, workers in general, and the organizations they represent all act according to high ethical and moral standards. The future will bring a renewed concern with maintaining high standards of ethical behavior in organizational transactions and in the workplace.

In practical life, Good people do not want to work for an unethical company. They want to be part of a...