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Your values and job
Values are our principles and standards of behavior, our judgement of what is important to us and the best way to live. Have you ever faced a situation where you have to choose between your values and your job? What did you do?
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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.
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2 replies by Alankar Karpe and Alexey Podobedov
Feb 10, 2020 1:46 AM
Alexey Podobedov
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Everytime you find smth which offer you big salary but values and principales is not what you exchact searching for. But thats a life. You should always choose or search again and again. Aren't we ?
Feb 11, 2020 6:57 AM
Alankar Karpe
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Thanks for your response Andrew!
Feb 09, 2020 10:30 PM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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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.
Everytime you find smth which offer you big salary but values and principales is not what you exchact searching for. But thats a life. You should always choose or search again and again. Aren't we ?
Dear Alankar
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
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1 reply by Alankar Karpe
Feb 11, 2020 6:59 AM
Alankar Karpe
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Thank you Luis for your reply, sometimes you come to know about some individuals quite late.
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.
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1 reply by Alankar Karpe
Feb 11, 2020 7:01 AM
Alankar Karpe
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Thanks for your response!
Alankar -

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.

Kiron
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1 reply by Alankar Karpe
Feb 11, 2020 6:58 AM
Alankar Karpe
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Thank you Kiran for your reply, that's courage I would say!
Hi Alankar,

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.

-Scott
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.
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1 reply by Alankar Karpe
Feb 11, 2020 6:58 AM
Alankar Karpe
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Thanks for your response! That's courage I would say!
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.
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1 reply by Alankar Karpe
Feb 11, 2020 6:57 AM
Alankar Karpe
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Thanks for your response!
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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