How does a person choose what is right or wrong within a situation? The answer to this question lies in the personal ethics of each individual. As individuals, we are faced with decisions within our professions where we must choose what is ethically correct. Many times what is ethical within our organization, or the ethical standards that are put in place within an organization, differ with the personal ethics or values that we as individual beliefs. When a situation presents itself where one must choose between personal ethical morals or professional ethical moral, what do we choose? I was faced with a situation that was very similar to this, throughout this paper I will explain the experience, analyze the ethical dilemma and evaluate the outcome of the decision that I made.
The ethical decision that I was faced with was to be honest to a friend and coworker or keep information confidential. A coworker, Gail, and I had bid on a manager position at the same time and had practiced our interview tactics together over the phone the day before the interview. We had even discussed how we felt about the interview after the interview was over. One day, towards the end of my shift I was asked to go into a conference room with my boss, inside the room was our book-of-business manager, who explained that she would like to offer me the position of manager. At the conclusion of our conversation she explained that she would not announce her selection for manager to the office for another week. That night at home, I received a call from my friend and coworker, Gail, who explained to me that she was advised that she did not get the position. I remained quiet for several minutes as she explained what she had experience today. Then the conversation turned to me, she asked, “Have you heard anything today?”
Just to provide a little background, Gail and I had hired into the office...