"Do The Right Things And The Right Things Will Happen"!
Have you ever worked for an employer who did things you knew were wrong? Things you knew were against the law or moral ethics? Did you wonder what to do then?
By the time you finish reading this page you'll have access to information dealing with such issues as:
* Workplace standards, code of ethics, workplace ethics, business conduct, code of conduct, workplace rights, business ethics, corporate conduct, moral ethics, moral values, business practices, applied ethics, ethical business practices, integrity and MORE!
* Understanding the difference between Integrity and Dubious Means
* Understanding how what you know about yourself will help you
* Finding out about an employer's Integrity
* Dealing with Dubious Means
Learn how successful people find employers who earn their success because they do what is right!
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Integrity as an "adherence to a code of values". What this means is each of us sticking to doing what we have been taught and have learned for ourselves is right.
It defines Dubious as "uncertain, questionable". What this means is doing what we already know will be wrong - if we're caught ...
Now that we have established these terms, we'll explore how they apply to Choosing the Right Employer.
There are many things you won't be able to know up front about the person you'll be working with. Employers are going to give you their "best face" when interviewing you. This is a person you're thinking about spending most of your waking hours working with. Day-to-day, at least 5 days a week and hopefully, for the long-term.
Will this employer prove to be up front and upstanding? Or will they prove to be somewhat shady, which will mean you'll have to be somewhat shady or quit?
Do you accept what some people in business say is the "price of doing business"? That being in business can demand some practices that aren't fair, just or right? "Bottom line", do you really accept this? Are you really able to work for an employer and do things you know are not just, fair or right?
The answers to these questions come from a definition of self stemming from your internal beliefs about justice, fairness, equality and knowing what is right, for yourself first. And these answers will tell you what you are ready, able and willing to do to earn your living.
In today's world, with technology and communications as developed as they are, it's easy to research any employer. Know all you can about an employer so you can make a smart choice.
Is the industry/field of work one in which you can believe is ethical?
For example, is the product or service of benefit and not harmful to the Earth and all its life? Can you, in all good conscience and with enthusiasm, be a part of the making or selling of this product or service? Is this a product or service you use? Can you recommend it to others?
Look closely at the company/business.
Sometimes you're fortunate enough to know something about the company/business because a family member or friend already working there has referred you. If not, research. Go to your local library. Log on to the Internet.
Find out everything you can about:
* When the company was started
* Why the company was started
* Where the money came from to start the company
Beyond these basics, find out about the integrity of a company/business by researching how well the company has done and is doing. What others have to say about them. In the world marketplace. In the local community.
* How many businesses they own
* The success (or failure) of past projects
* The company's rating with Dun & Bradstreet
* How the company contributes to the local community
* What kind of impact their product or service has on the environment, animals and people
Then find out everything you can about their hiring practices. Do they promote from within? What's the rate of "turnover"? (How often employees leave.)
With all the information you gather, you'll be better able to make smart choices when Choosing the Right Employer.
If you're already working, do this research as well. Just because you work there doesn't mean you know all there is to know, (or need to know), about your employer.
Dealing with Dubious Means ...
It's a fact of life in the real world of work - There are employers who don't do the right thing. You will meet them.
The question is what will you do when you meet them? This depends first on what you believe you need to do.
You can simply quit working for them. But will that be enough for you?
Have you heard - If you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem -
What about that? Sure, quitting will let you "off the hook" now - but what will you believe about yourself later? How will you feel knowing this employer is getting away with what they're doing? How will you feel knowing they're abusing other employees, customers and the laws and ethics of society?
It will be up to you to decide if you feel strongly enough about what you know is wrong to try to change it and make it right.
It won't be easy or pleasant and it will take a good deal of your time and energy, but - If you really desire to make a difference and you're smart about it, you can deal with unscrupulous employers and the problem.
It's best if you can go to this employer and deal with them directly. But experience reveals if you go to this person, chances are you will not ever get the chance to deal with the problem.
You might be wondering, when an employer is already doing something they know is wrong, what's to stop them from making sure you don't get the chance to tell others by finding ways to make you look bad and get rid of you ...
Don't let this happen!
While these actions will only support what you already know about their lack of integrity, it won't matter if you're seen as the "bad guy" or gone and no longer in the best position to deal with them or the problem.
You'll need to act right away. Approach whoever you believe is a person in authority over your employer, to effectively deal with your employer and the problem.
But you need to know - Many people in upper management will not be ready, able or willing to deal with these kinds of problems. It's possible they're already too busy dealing with problems of their own and they can't or won't pay attention. And often they'll support your employer, just out of principle. (Even when it can mean the loss of business.) Only you can know if going to this employer's supervisor is the avenue to take.
It can be that you'll need to go outside of the company/business for help. There are many organizations, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA),set up to deal with just such problems. Research the best avenue to take.
One word of caution: Make sure you can back up what you're saying.
Depending on the problem, do whatever you have to do to get whatever you need to show proof that what you're saying is true. When you do go after this employer, you'll need the help of other people and you won't get that help unless you can show them how and why this employer is a problem.
"Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone may be looking". (H. L. Mencken)
There's no question that sometimes we need to do something in secret ... But it's at these times when we must be very sure of what we're doing. Because often when we do something in secret, think we are safe and undiscovered, something happens and our secret is revealed to our embarrassment.
In the long run, deception does not produce the rewards we desire. In fact it can cause much damage to our reputation.
And the truth is - We're all connected to everyone else. So what we do to others, we do to ourselves. And by the same token, what we do for ourselves we do for others as well.
So when you're thinking about working for a particular employer, look and listen for things that are unjust or confusing. Take a good look at what an employer does and says. Working for an employer who practices "hidden dishonor" will eat away at YOUR own self-respect and happiness. Ultimately, you will answer for the choices you make.
Trust yourself to make the right decision!
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