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How to Be Ethical at Workplace

We look at how simple it is to fall into unethical conduct in this edition of Blend Blogs, and we focus on how to make good, ethical judgments and develop an ethical team.

The Slippery Slope to Unethical Behavior

The majority of individuals believe they operate ethically, however it is quite easy to fall into unethical behavior.

People make tiny ethical sacrifices for what they believe to be good reasons. If you don’t want to lose a deal, you could give a “white lie” to a customer. Alternatively, you might “sell” your achievements to a new manager to get a promotion.

Temptation is all around you, and it’s powerful. But you’ll know if you give in to anything that violates your principles. And you’ll probably come to regret it.

Some ethical blunders might have a bad impact on your coworkers. These can be trivial but aggravating infractions like leaving a paper jam in a printer for someone else to clean. They can also be inappropriate behaviors, such as lying to undermine a coworker or bullying a teammate.

More serious activity, such as concealing improper accounting or discriminating against a certain group, can have a significant impact on the entire company.

Any bad ethical decision you make, no matter how small or insignificant, may have a corrosive influence on you. You may develop a “taste” for cutting shortcuts. However, your reputation will be harmed sooner or later as a result of this.

You run the risk of destroying your working relationships and team cohesiveness if you start playing “fast and loose” with even minor ethical decisions.

If, on the other hand, you make it plain that you are serious about ethics, your brand will certainly improve. People who work with you will have a positive impression of you as dependable and trustworthy.

How to Make Ethical Decisions

Allowing your code to get out of hand is not a good idea. You could take a strong moral stance on a variety of subjects, but life is too short to do so. Stick to the topics that are most important to you and are most likely to come up in your professional life.

If a personal code of ethics is to be meaningful, it must function in every setting and with any individual.

For example, don’t do lavish favors on someone simply because you like them. And, if you’re working with someone you don’t particularly like, you must ensure that he is treated properly and with respect at the very least.

Dealing ethically with someone who does not always act ethically may have a good impact on them and help them improve their teamwork, communication, and performance.

How to Build an Ethical Team

If you’re a manager, make it clear to your employees that you will not accept bad performance. This doesn’t mean micromanaging or “governing with a rod of iron,” but it does require making sure everyone understands what actions are and aren’t acceptable.

To begin, make sure that the regulations you draught are compliant with labor law and your company’s policies.

Have a few broad ethical principles that everyone agrees upon, such as “We will not tell our customers that our software does things it doesn’t.” Your instructions are unlikely to cover all such scenarios. In circumstances when there isn’t a particular answer, you’ll have to rely on your sense of right and wrong, as well as a reasonable assessment of what makes an action good or bad.

Consider include ethical behavior in a team charter so that everyone is aware of and agrees on the expectations.

Above everything, maintain consistency. It’s tempting to overlook a long-serving, beloved team member who has a one-time lapse. However, keep in mind that it may not go undetected by others. Having everyone follows the same set of norms fosters transparency and trust.

People with bad personality qualities who are prone to unethical activity should also be avoided. Keep your calm when confronted with arrogance, self-obsession, or power play. Staying loyal to your own and your team’s ideas will help you avoid being influenced.


The principles that regulate the behavior of individuals or communities are known as ethics. They are the guidelines that outline how you should conduct yourself. Simply, ethical behavior is when you do the right thing. Otherwise, it’s probably immoral.

Furthermore, your ethics are a reflection of your underlying ideals. They are the values that are important to you, such as honesty and trustworthiness. They serve as a guide for how you wish to live to be true to yourself and your employer.


John Xavier


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