GEN 480 Week 2 Individual Assignment Professional
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Running head PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE DILEMMA Professional Workplace Dilemma GEN 480 PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE DILEMMA 2 Professional Workplace Dilemma Personal and business ethics are in individuals39 lives professional settings and almost any other situation encountered People possess varying points of view beliefs and values for dealing with situations The Definition of ethics is a body of principles or standards of human conduct that govern the behavior of individuals and groups Ethics arise not simply from man39s creation but from human nature itself making it a natural body of laws from which man39s laws follow Star 2009 Personal ethics and character are a lifelong development process When people are born into the world according to many philosophers he or she is born pure This innocence changes as the individual grows and develops These changes occur from the parent s beliefs the ways in which the parents raise him or her media outlets school friends and relatives As individuals grow he or she takes in the environment around them and depending on the teachings he or she soaked in develops his or her own values and beliefs With a good upbringing and a base value system most individuals will exude good values and ethics The Ethical Issue Those Involved and Relationships to one Another The ethical issue concerned a past learning team experience at University of Phoenix online team forum I took the lead for the week set the guidelines and each member agreed upon the due date by stating as such When the due date came each member turned in his or her part except for one individual The individual did not respond until Sunday said she would have it by Sunday night and ultimately the paper portion did not arrive until Monday afternoon I informed this individual turning in her portion 12 hours before the due date is unacceptable This elicited a sour response from the team member The following correspondence is an excerpt from team forum PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE DILEMMA 3 Online correspondence can be difficult to judge The way I see it when someone says something nice or makes a statement it should arrive at face value not read into Also the Monday thing being quotunsatisfactory periodquot is also a matter of opinion My opinion is that when one is the leader of an online team or in many real world situations he or she usually find that others opinions matter Have you ever heard the saying quotopinions are like holes everybody has onequot Case in point that the statement quotunsatisfactory periodquot was derogatory when referring to team members Team Member personal communication May 15 2011 The responses were at the point where I thought a third party39s involvement was essential for review of each response The messages seemed they were arriving at the point of questionable ethics I talked with my instructor and my academic advisor My instructor reviewed the responses and left a message for the team member in question and my advisor gave me some valuable advice offer the lead to her for the following week She declined to accept the position because of a busy lifestyle Analysis of the Ethical Dilemma Difference in Power and Authority A definite difference in power and authority existed I was the team leader for the assignment so my authority resided in assembling the assignment details enforcing the deadline collecting team member39s portions combining the portions proof reading PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE DILEMMA 4 finalizing and submitting the assignment The difference between power and authority came into question when the team member started questioning the team charter and deadlines well after all details were agreed upon I possessed the authority as team leader and as such a power struggle existed between myself and the team member She believed that she should be able to turn in her assignments at her own leisure and I reminded her in the workplace guidelines rules and deadlines must be met as consequences exist for failing to meet these parameters Ethics and Personal Values in Question The ethics in question concerned respect for authority and the individual According to Character Ethics 2003 para 4 In the grand scheme of things an individual is taught that respect equals good behavior and good behavior equals respect Ethics requires respect One cannot exist without the other Ethical success depends on understanding the profound impact that respect has on one39s ethics and character I was taught at an early age that respect is essential The other team member may have possessed different values than mine so she may have a different perspective of the situation Regardless of whoever looks at the situation my ethics and personal values involved respect and empathy toward others Potential Outcomes and Consequences for Involvement Ultimately the outcome could have been much worse than it was I ended the communication early and tried to diffuse the situation before it escalated beyond control The PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE DILEMMA 5 original outcome was amicable and the team progressed with the assignment IfI had continued the communication beyond my ethical standpoint the outcome could have become heated and the consequences could have led to dismissal from the school Evaluation of the Ethical Dilemma The outcome as previously mentioned was amicable I took the adVice of the counselor this entailed offering up the lead position the following week to the team member The counselor informed me that more than likely she would refuse the invitation and the situation would not arise again I did just that and it went exactly as the counselor suggested it would I believe when I offered the lead it put in the team member39s mind that it would be easier to follow protocol than to initiate it Because the situation ended without any problems no consequences were apparent However because the communication existed in the team forum for every member to see it may have made some of the other members uncomfortable In the end the team member in question apologized and followed protocol for the remainder of the class Looking back I believe I could handle this type of situation easier in the future I think I may have fueled the fire by responding too many times I have found that using a more collaborative style of leading as opposed to an authoritative style works best for the online environment Conclusion When discussing ethics in organizations one has to be aware that there are two ways of approaching the subjectthe individualistic approach and the communal approach Each approach incorporates a different View of moral responsibility and a different View of the kinds PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE DILEMMA 6 of ethical principles that should resolve ethical problems Brown 2010 Sometimes these two areas can clash as in considering social ethics over the ethics of one individual Business decisions take into account for the common good and sometimes this passes over the individual in lieu of the common cause To have proper business ethics one has to have good personal ethics The concept of personal ethics is incredibly complex It develops from a variety of factors and deserves indepth exploration Scivicque 2010Proper ethics is a combined learning curve of personal experiences parental guidance and empathy for others Sometimes people have to consider the thoughts of others and leave his or her selfishness behind PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE DILEMMA References Brown M 2010 Winter Ethics in Organizations Retrieved from http WWscueduethicspublicationsiiev2n1homepagehtml Putnam M 2003 Respect The Starting Point for Good Ethics Retrieved from httpWWWcharacterethicsorgarticlesRespectStartingPointhtm Scivicque C 2010 Fall Developing Personal Ethics How Individual Morality is Created Retrieved from httpWWWsuite101comcontentdevelopingpersonalethicsa340l8 templatearticleprintcfm Star A 2009 April 14 Why is Ethics so Important in Business Retrieved from httpezinearticlescomWhyisEthicsSoImportantinBusinessampid2178764
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