Your actions and decisions affects the organization and yourself
It shows what type of (business) person you are
You and the organization need to have the same values / ethical standards
Who is affected?
Your ethical actions and decisions could affect:
Ethical versus legal: what is the difference?
Lying to cover
up a mistake
Making ethical decisions
Think carefully and check with others when in doubt
Avoid illegal or political activities, conflicting financial
interests or privileges
If you encounter something unethical, report it
or do something about it
The manager of the department is talking badly
about the hair of a coworker named Kim with the
other employees of the department. The worst
part is that Kim is also in the same room and hears everything.
The other employees are laughing and making
fun of her. Yet Kim is afraid of the manager and
does not say anything and keeps minding her work.
*Side note: everyone of the department is scared of the
manager, due to this they are just laughing with her. Scared
of being her next target.
What could be done?
1. Employees could have not acted upon the bad talk of the
2. Kim could have stood up for herself, to let het manager know
that she does not appreciate this.
3. Each person of the department could have gone to HR and
report this type of bullying in order for it to stop.
4. Address the bullying with the manager herself.
5. Take it to the manager's boss.
1. If the other employees
do not act on the bullying,
the manager could
understand that what she is
doing is bad. Maybe she
would even apologize to Kim
and won't do it again.
2. If Kim would stand up for
herself, she would let the
manager know that she
does not like it and wants
her not to do it. By doing
this she lets everybody
knows, that it is not ok.
3. As it is known, that
most employees are scared.
They could go to the
HR department, to let
them know what is going
on. The HR department
could then speak with the
4. By asking the manager
if she can talk to her. She can
explain in detail what is
bothering her. Perhaps the
manager can clarify what
the meaning of the things
she said were and resolve it.
5. If talking to the manager
herself doesn't work. You
can go to her manager, as
he/she can talk to her about
it and maybe with you in
person and resolve the