The term ethics can be defined as a set of concepts and basic principles under which people are expected to behave. Whenever one is talking about ethics, the most common factors considered include gender parity, respect for human rights and freedom, obedience to laws and regulations and protection of health, safety and environmental conditions. It is imperative for ethical behavior to be practiced as it is critical in helping a person make decisions concerning issues in order to decide whether they are right and wrong. Depending on the level of ethics in a workplace, the decisions made should be good if the process of making decisions is carried out ethically. Ethics encourage good behavior which may attract customers and employees to a business and increase the productivity of the satisfied employees. In addition, good moral practice in a business may attract investors as they are confident that their resources are being spent wisely.
In order to be ethical, one needs to familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations governing their workplace or school (Bobrowski et al 2015). Without such knowledge, one can not tell when they are making a mistake from when they are doing the right thing. In addition, one needs to learn not to run away from dilemmas, mastering ways to handle a crisis when they are a dilemma. Everyone has an inner voice that talks to them and lets them know whether what they morally right. Therefore, to be ethical people need to pay attention to their conscience. People who resolve to be ethical should also try their best to avoid peer influence and pressure in making decisions. On the contrary, such people should make decisions based on their instincts or after consultation with reliable sources.
Ignorance of ethical behavior puts the ignorant person and those around them at risk of unforeseen harm. Ethics and safety seem to be two closely interlinked phenomena. It is almost uncertain that safety standards can be upheld without ethics. An ignorant person may tend to participate in corrupt dealings in their workplace, denying their fellow employees necessary safety tools for work that can protect them. In addition, improper behavior at the workplace may lead to infighting that would reduce the productivity of fellow employees or cause fight which might end up causing harm. Another way through which ignorance to ethics can be dangerous is the lack of familiarizing with operations or deliberately refusing to do the right thing at the workplace (Koukoulaki 2010). For example, an unethical mechatronics engineer who leaves their tools of work carelessly within the place of work put the safety and health of their colleagues in danger as fellow workers might get injured by badly stored objects. As seen here, it is therefore very important for people to adopt ethical behavior for the sake of protecting other people, their environment, and workplace and also for their own selves safety and health.
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