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The relatively recent renewed interest in Ethics in the workplace comes after numerous ethical and moral failures by CEOs and managers of prominent American Businesses. We think of the Enron debacle, insider trading, huge CEO compensation packages, kickbacks, junk bonds, and employees stealing from their employers. These are only a few of the ethical problems faced in the world of business. There are also serious ethical issues to address in the areas of biological research, medicine and the Law.
The lines between right action and wrong action seem to be blurred for many people. Why is this? Do people lack character? Do they lack models of ethical integrity? Do some people have multiple selves so that they treat people in one area of their life differently than they treat people in another area? Or is it that many people simply don't think before acting? These are some of the questions that we will address in future entries at Ethics Forum. Check back often, and leave a comment!
And remember, establishing ethical guidelines begins with YOU.