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Complex ethical dilemma
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You have a complex ethical dilemma on your project. You know what you need to do, but you are being pressured by your business executive and your immediate supervisor to not rock the boat. After all, these things happen all the time in your organization. How do you approach this situation? How do you develop the courage to speak up? What options do you have?
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As usual, it depends. If your direct line management is encouraging you to behave unethically, then if your organization has an independent HR function or a whistleblower line then you could leverage that. If not then it comes down to your confidence in being able to make it clear to your line management that you are unwilling to cross a line and be willing to leave the company if they don't see reason.
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1 reply by Angelica Larios
Sep 03, 2019 2:06 PM
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Thank you Kiron, agree with you. I think that personal values and ethics should not be compromised.
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My advice stems from personal experience - STAND UP NOW! I'm making the assumption that whatever your 'management' is telling you to do is against your beliefs and unethical so there is no other choice than to do something. As Kiron pointed out your HR or ethical committee might be options but keep in mind there are no guarantees. If this sort of thing is part of the company culture then there is a good chance that doing this will count against you. But whatever you do, you need to do it now before you become part of this culture and believe me when I say, it happens quicker than you would think.
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1 reply by Angelica Larios
Sep 03, 2019 2:14 PM
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Thank you for your contribution Anton. 100% agree with you if this type of things are part of the organizational culture, might be better idea to search for other options outside.
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I agree with my fellow colleagues. Personally, when it comes to ethics and I believe there is a issue related to ethics, I do not submit to pressure and do raise the issue immediately. Anton nailed it with his feedback.
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1 reply by Angelica Larios
Sep 03, 2019 2:16 PM
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Thank your for your comments Rami
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I was once told there were shades of truth depending on who your audience was. Also, "messaging" is critically important in both our personal and private lives. Think twice before you act, because despite having mandatory yearly "ethics cascade" training for all employees, and supposed organizational "support", I know of several individuals, myself included, who have had to live with the often and very real detrimental results of living by their ethical standards. Even with support of their immediate supervisors, I've seen cases where management sees such action as "disloyalty". Only you know if it is worth it professionally and personally. Hoping it works out for you.
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1 reply by Anton Oosthuizen
Sep 03, 2019 2:44 AM
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Steve you are 100% correct regarding the consequences. At the previous company I worked at for many years I took a stand against unethical management practices, I spoke up against it, I took it to the ethics committee (guess who sat on this committee?) and in the end we parted ways, something I should have years ago.

But my last words out the door was this - I would rather be a street beggar who can tell his children that their dad always did his best to behave ethically than to sit in a fancy office, wearing fancy clothes while doing 'whatever it took' to get the job done.
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Sep 03, 2019 2:30 AM
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I was once told there were shades of truth depending on who your audience was. Also, "messaging" is critically important in both our personal and private lives. Think twice before you act, because despite having mandatory yearly "ethics cascade" training for all employees, and supposed organizational "support", I know of several individuals, myself included, who have had to live with the often and very real detrimental results of living by their ethical standards. Even with support of their immediate supervisors, I've seen cases where management sees such action as "disloyalty". Only you know if it is worth it professionally and personally. Hoping it works out for you.
Steve you are 100% correct regarding the consequences. At the previous company I worked at for many years I took a stand against unethical management practices, I spoke up against it, I took it to the ethics committee (guess who sat on this committee?) and in the end we parted ways, something I should have years ago.

But my last words out the door was this - I would rather be a street beggar who can tell his children that their dad always did his best to behave ethically than to sit in a fancy office, wearing fancy clothes while doing 'whatever it took' to get the job done.
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I agree with all the comments here. Ethics includes such vices as honesty, fairness and equity.
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1 reply by Angelica Larios
Sep 03, 2019 7:25 PM
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Thank you for your comments Paul.
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I agree with the majority here too. It's important to remain ethical and to flag this as soon as it is becoming an issue for you.
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1 reply by Angelica Larios
Sep 03, 2019 7:25 PM
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Thank you for your comments Karl.
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What does mean ethical? Ethic must be put in a context. Usually organizations give the context because they have code of ethics in place.
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1 reply by Karl Twort
Sep 03, 2019 5:52 AM
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Agree, although the way the question is worded by the Angelica suggested there is a clear breach of ethics in this scenario. Your answer is valid and should most definitely be considered before taking any action based on personal belief.
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Sep 03, 2019 5:43 AM
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What does mean ethical? Ethic must be put in a context. Usually organizations give the context because they have code of ethics in place.
Agree, although the way the question is worded by the Angelica suggested there is a clear breach of ethics in this scenario. Your answer is valid and should most definitely be considered before taking any action based on personal belief.
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A friend who worked in Japan for some time said they have a saying; "a fish rots from the head". What ethical example are "we" (Federal Government employees) supposed to set and live by when our own Prime Minister has been found guilty of breaking ethical "rules"?

https://globalnews.ca/news/5764034/justin-...ethics-rules%2F

Unortunately, most organizations "talk the talk", but don't "walk the walk" when it comes to their own ethical "rules".
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