Professional Values and Ethics
Jamie Simonds, Connie Haynes, Carrie Carrier, Randy Carson, Tonya Gower
Instructor: Lisa Jelone
July 05, 2010
Values and Ethics
Values are our rules, it is an individual belief that people go by and hold themselves accountable to. They are the ideals people choose to live by. A person’s values can affect how one may view the world and our actions. The choices we make today can affect us tomorrow. Ethics is defined as one doing right by guidelines set forth by society. It is the concept in which one knows right from wrong or even good from bad. Sometimes we have to set aside our values and impose our ethics in order to satisfy our society. Values and ethics are what make a person as well as what is important when it comes to a person’s career. Professional values are very important to ones success.
Ethics and values are heard often in every facet of life, but the meanings of these words are rarely understood. Ethics, in the simplest terms, means to do no harm and values are what each person believes to be important (Voice Marketing Inc., 2010). In business and academics, ethics are the guidelines that are used to create fair and just working environments, the overall public opinion of what is the right thing to do. Holding everyone to the same standard while treating everyone with respect are good examples of ethics and values (Voice Marketing Inc., 2010). Some examples of ethics and values are working even when the boss is away, completing one’s own homework and returning extra money given by a cashier, basic concepts of what is right. Work and school are not the only areas of life where ethics and values play a role, the way people treat others in their personal lives can have life altering consequences, lying on a tax return can result in a audit that can wipe a person out financially, losing a job for inappropriate behavior and cheating on a spouse can cause the break-up of a family. How people interact in every...