How being truthful, fair, and honest impacts organizational culture

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Ethical behavior is related to the moral principles believed in, i.e. beliefs about what is morally right, wrong, or morally acceptable. Morals within a group or society are the laws. An individual is motivated by the desire to act ethically and in accordance with society's expectations. Possessing a moral character, they feel a sense of obligation and responsibility, acting in a truthful, fair, and honest manner.

Ethics can affect how people make decisions, how they conduct themselves at work, and how they choose to lead their lives in general. Often ethics can refer to the greater good, what is good for the individual, but also what is good for society.

In the workplace, they exercise the principle of respect, for autonomy and independence, the ability to control decision making over their own lives. Showing respect through listening, valuing each individual’s contribution, and showing compassion in dealing with people. Ethical people are often considered honest, trustworthy and loyal.

What does a higher score mean?

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You consider yourself to be an ethical person, following your ingrained principles and allow your moral belief system to guide all you do. You are likely known as a person with integrity and honesty.

What does a lower score mean?

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You do not consider yourself to be an ethical person, you do not believe in right, or wrong, or what is acceptable by the societal standard. You are likely considered a bit of a rebel and fly in the face of convention.

To nurture your ethics:

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Ensure you always respect others and act with honesty and fairness. Apply your values and ethics to decision making and the way you conduct business, test the limits of what is accepted and what is not. Lead by example, always following your rules of conduct that you expect others to follow. Caring about people before profits can be perceived as ethical and will be reciprocated by employees.

Use this checklist for self-evaluation

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  • Do you communicate your ethical standpoints?
  • Do you act in accordance with your beliefs?
  • Do you treat others with respect?
  • Are you fair in your dealings with colleagues and friends?
  • Are you considered honest?

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