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    In a well organized, two to three page essay identify which ethical systems you have seen used in your workplace. Include what kind of problems or issues were addressed and the strengths or weaknesses of those ethical systems.


Subject Essay Writing Pages 3 Style APA



            In our workplaces especially in organizations employing many workers, we have different kinds of individuals. They are different in a number of ways, starting from the tasks they perform, but the main difference comes in their behavior. From human psychology, in the workplace, we expect to find people of different characters. Due to these differences in character, there needs to be a similar code of principles and behavior-guiding these individuals. This is the code of behavior which is being referred to as the ethical systems. In short, these are the moral systems which guide the workers when it comes to interacting with one another, making decisions and solving problems (Lloyd, 2002).

                                                               Moral Systems

            To start in the workplace, we have individuals with different characters. More to this, their reasoning is different. Hence, their ethics of virtue is different and unique. Thus, it is upon to the individuals in the workplace to interact amongst themselves and get to learn their different characters (Sheep, 2006). For instance worker A reacts in a certain way while wronged and worker B reacts in this way. With this knowledge how do you respond or apologize to the worker who has been wronged? Depending on their reaction, as a fellow co-worker with time, you understand that a certain worker accepts apologies easily while the other takes quite a long time to accept apologies.

            Secondly, some workers behave in a bad way while in the workplace while others behave in a morally acceptable way. From the virtue of ethics, the main task is how to transform a worker who is behaving badly to behave well without making them angry or demoralizing them. This is why in our organization and in most organizations workers undergo training on how to interact in the workplace.

            In the workplace, we have the ethics of consequentialism in place. Simply this ethics comes into action when a worker makes a mistake inside and outside the workplace. When outside the workplace, this mistake must have an underlying effect on the organization. Hence, workers are made aware that in the instance that they make a mistake there must be consequences to the mistake (Alan 2007). For instance in our workplace most of the consequences range from being given a warning, being suspended from work for a certain period of time, being demoted and so on. However, the most serious consequences are when the worker who has committed a mistake is completely sacked and a negative recommendation given to the worker. In rare cases, some workers have even been prosecuted while others have been forced to work with their salaries being withheld for a certain period of time.

            Finally, the organization employs the ethics of consultation when making decisions. This is where all the workers are consulted before major decisions are made in the workplace. At times it is not possible to consult all the workers hence, their representatives are consulted on behalf of all the workers.

                                   Strengths and Weaknesses of these Systems

            The main strengths of these systems are that they ensure that law and order is followed at the workplace. This is where all the workers interact in an ethically correct way. Further, these systems ensure that workers avoid doing the wrong thing at the workplace since there are negative consequences to their mistakes.

            The main weakness of the system is only one; this weakness manifests itself in the fact that not all the workers are made aware of these system ethics. Hence, a certain ethics law might be used to a worker who had no prior knowledge of its existence in the organization.



Alan, A (2007). Workplace Ethics. Palgrave: Macmillan Press.

Lloyd, G. (2002). Routledge philosophy guidebook to Spinoza and the Ethics. Routledge.

Sheep, M. L. (2006). Nurturing the whole person: The ethics of workplace spirituality in a society of organizations. Journal of business ethics66(4), 357-375.




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