Professional Workplace Dilemma
Describe the experience:
a. What was the ethical issue you experienced?
b. Who was involved? (Please use only first names or initials for the participants.)
c. What was the relationship of the other individual(s) to you?
The ethical issue I experienced was witnessing a colleague steal a company laptop. It was as if he did not care who saw; I was sitting in the office while taking the laptop was being discussed. I guess they felt comfortable enough to plot while I was around. The people involved were my Director R.R. and Manager E.M. They were colleagues who I work directly with everyday. E.M. was the one who took the laptop, and R.R. was telling him how to do it.
Analyze the dilemma:
a. Was there a difference in power and authority? Explain.
b. What were the ethics in question?
c. What personal values were in conflict?
d. What were the potential outcomes?
e. What were the potential consequences to you and the other parties involved?
There was really not a difference in power because R.R and E.M were managers and one could not tell on the other. The ethics in question were, “Do I tell somebody what was going on or do I just let it go and act as if I did not see or hear anything”? My personal values in conflict were honesty, integrity and loyalty. The potential outcomes were E.M. could be fired if I say something or he could continue to steal company property and get away with it if I do not say anything. The consequences to the parties involved were termination or probation. The consequence for me was possibly losing a work relationship with them because they would know who told since I was the only one in the room with them at the time.
Evaluate the outcome
a. What was the outcome at the time?
b. What were the consequences to you and the other parties involved?
c. Based on what you have learned since you began your program of study at the University of Phoenix and through your work experience, would...