Ethics in business and professional environments

Ethics in business and professional environments

by: sterre.1999deboer

"Ethics" is often described as behavior that is classified as right or wrong. However, not everyone agrees on what is morally right or wrong, good or bad, ethical or unethical. This makes the widely studied subject rather abstract in meaning. Business ethics is all about companies trying to find the balance between being legal while also maintaining a competitive advantage. This questionnaire is created to find a general definition of the before mentioned term.

  1. 1

    Calling in "sick" is okay as long as it's not a busy day at work

  2. 2

    A company client gifts you VIP-tickets for your favourite NBA-team. Do you accept this gift?

  3. 3

    You sometimes use the company-internet for non-work related affairs

  4. 4

    You occasionally take home office items such as pens, scissors etc.

  5. 5

    You see your colleague getting blamed for a mistake you made. The mistake can't be traced back to you, but you immediately come forward to take responsibility.

  6. 6

    When the boss is away, it's time to relax

  7. 7

    You accidentally receive a bonus meant for your colleague. Again, no one would find out if you kept quiet. You keep the bonus.

  8. 8

    Your superior's paycheck lays uncovered on their desk. When they leave, you take a look.

  9. 9

    You're about to close a big sale. In order to close it, you have to tell a small lie to the customer. You lie and close the deal.

  10. 10

    Your prices are going up per 1 January. You purposely schedule a client's automatic payment for January 1 that should have been in december just so you can get the higher prices.

  11. 11

    After a sale is made, no further effort should be made to ensure a client is happy.

  12. 12

    Relationships within a company are unacceptable.

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