SOC 120: Introduction to Ethics and Social Responsibility
October 11, 2008
Not Long ago someone stated as we were talking about business matters and things that had happened, That “Integrity was being the same in the dark as you are in the light.” But just what is Ethical Integrity? Ethical Integrity is basically not betraying convictions or moral standards regardless of the consequence it may bring. In other words, don't lie to cover up something, because in the end one will end up telling more and more lies to cover for the ones already told. This becomes a problem and soon the person is caught up in a web of lies that others will begin to see. There are always 2 sides to every story, but most believe one sided truths. Why not just ask the other person to tell what happened, why not get both sides of the story before judging a person? Socrates once said, “The greatest way to live with honor is to be what we pretend to be.”
Ethics is not about what we say or what we intend, it is about what we do. This is the heart of integrity—demonstrating a consistency between ethical principle and ethical practice. Integrity is a fundamental measure of character. In Thinking Critically about Ethical Issues, by Vincent Ryan Ruggiero, it states, “Ethics is the study of right and wrong conduct.” It goes on to explain in better detail that in the scientific sense, “ethics is a descriptive discipline, involving the collection and interpretation of data on what people from various cultures believe, without any consideration for the appropriateness or reasonableness of those beliefs.” (pg. 5) In organizations, there must be a form of core values or principle that people understand and accept. Many people believe that they have to compromise their integrity in order to get ahead in the corporate world.
Integrity in the workplace relates to employee commitment and loyalty. Employees in my opinion will...