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Found a new job. Nothing has to be permanent. If for whatever reason the fit is no longer right, look elsewhere.
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing
Before starting to work in a company or organization, are you careful to know its code of ethics?
Do the Principles and Values coincide with yours? (Which, of course, should be those of all mankind)
When we accept to work for a company or organization we are implicitly accepting its Principles and Values
In a situation of conflict, you either go to the ethics committee of that company (if there is such a body) or you have to think more about what you want
I always chose to follow basement values and to review if the company values are in line instead to keep the job or to start a new job. No matter I don't have a good time economically speaking. It does not matter that sometimes you can find places where the full stated values or some of them are not the lived values and you notice that time after you are working inside the company.
I've walked away at least twice from lucrative jobs because they would have required me to cross my own lines. While there was some short term pain in finding a new role or gig, I avoided the long term pain of not being able to look at myself in the mirror.
As Kiron and others have noted, there are lines that we, as ethical PMs and good corporate citizens, should not cross. But, values and ethics are painted in shades of gray; they are rarely black and white.
When an "values" comes up I ask myself first, is it ethical? Are there differences between the global ethics, the ethical guidelines of my country/culture and the ethics of the local region or organization that are at play? Finally, what is it about my personal values that are making me uncomfortable with it?
If the organization is behaving unethically, then I'd report it before I left the job and where possible work to correct the behavior. If the behavior was culturally ethical but a violation of my personal values to such a degree that I could not in good conscience work condone the behavior, then I'd look for a new position.
Hello Alankar: I walked away from a company when I realized it was not ethical. It was hard to walk away because I needed to work - but it was the right thing to do and I stepped into something much better afterward. Standing up for what is right is not always the easy thing to do, but stepping out in faith because it is the right thing to do will always be the best step for the best outcome.
That's interesting Alankar!!!
Personally, Values always come first...
It is either, just continue doing my job , without getting engaged further in the, whatever, ecosystem this, until finding another suitable opportunity, or simply quit, because, ultimately, this is not going to be a successful experience and will not help in the advancement of my career path.
Fought it until I was pushed out. In hindsight, I would just leave because unethical behavior on a senior management level is part of the DNA.
The pharmaceutical industry is very regulated in terms of code of conduct, data integrity, etc. Therefore, "opportunities" to deviate from good practices (GxP) are scarce.
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