Sample Ethics Paper on Ethics in the workplace

Ethics in the workplace

The course Managers as Ethical Leaders & Empowering Ethical Employees has been fundamental and important to me as it has helped me embrace the fact that managers plays a key role in directing the behavior of the entire system within the organization. In particular, managers are important when it comes to determining the acceptability of the company values by the employees. Failure of the top management to nurture an ethical model leads to the loss of trust by the employees and may lead to unethical behavior by the employees. This not only affects the company’s image but its culture too.

Of the topics studied, the four that were most interesting to me included historical perspective on ethics, unethical behaviors in organizations, managers as ethical leaders and empowering ethical employees and ethical decision making and training (Collins, 2009). After studying the chapters, I was able to know and identify the effect of unethical behavior within an organization as well as the possible remedies that could be employed to check unethical behavior and historical perspective on ethics. I was able to identify various models and theories that are used to define ethics. Research gave me great insights by identifying the natural ethics, the Kantian ethics, and the utilitarianism among others. In making ethical decisions and training, I found this interesting as I was able to know that making ethical decisions helped me to understand how ethical conduct leads to improved relationship between the various stakeholders as trust and confidence is built. The chapters helped me identify advantages of workplace ethics and contribution of positive ethics at workplace.

The article, “ethical behavior for today’sworkplace by Janet Danley (Danley, 2006)” relates to the topics learnt in the course since it exploits the ethical behavior within the workplace. In particular, it tackles the ethical standards that affects the workplace employees and the various dilemmas that have to be tackled by the organization staff (Danley, 2006). Dilemmas like what a professor ought to do to a student who has plagiarized some assignment has been tacked as well as the traits of an ethical leader. Fairness in decision making is another term that has been used in the article and also applies in the course reading regarding diversity of employees, empowering and when hiring employees.


Collins, D. (2009). Essentials of business ethics: Creating an organization of high integrity and superior performance (Vol. 47). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Danley, J. V. (2006). “Ethical behavior for today’s workplace.” College and University, 81(2), 53-55.