I chose to search wordpress through the “Business Ethics” filter because I feel like that best represents the overarching theme of our course experience so far. I wanted to find people who are blogging about the same issues as we are. The most interesting blog that I came across was called WorkPlace Readers and they had a post talking about the true place of Ethics in the business world that caught my eye.
The post discusses the benefits of companies behaving ethically and how these types of behaviors benefit the company in the long run. They can establish credibility and a good reputation this way, which is imperative to a successful business these days. It also focuses on the motivation factors that drive business people to behave ethically, not all of which are entirely ethical. The corporations instruct their employees to behave ethically, which unfortunately is not a conclusion they all come to on their own. In an era of greed, unethical behavior runs rampant in business society.
This post reminded me of the Enron case that we just read and how their employee benefit and review program led to unethical behavior and the company’s eventual collapse. Good ethics is required for companies to be successful, and their senior management understands that, however they instill these ethical values in their employees. Employees must enter the workplace with these values instilled in them, they cannot be taught. If a person doesn’t have these values, then they are less likely to behave consistently well. Ethics are difficult as many companies thrive off of money making and unethical practices, but ethics are far more important than money as that is what speaks to your character and your greater life successes.