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Five virtues of ethics

Five virtues of ethics

Exercises
1. Is doing the right thing at work always the best policy to follow in all circumstances? Why or why not? Provide an example that helps illustrate your position.

Professional Development
1. If a supervisor insists that you either perform an unethical practice (The supervisor states, "That's the way it's always been done here and nobody gets hurt.") or lose your job, what will you likely do and why?

2. Set forth and explain in detail five virtues that are essential to performing any job ethically and well.

Issues to Consider
1. "I just do my job ethically and well. I don't care what goes on in any other department of the company. If some people in other departments are not acting ethically, so what." What's your view of this statement?

Is it a legitimate position to take for any worker? Why or why not? Should workers be concerned about the ethical behavior of their coworkers? Why or why not?

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STEP 1
1. Is doing the right thing at work always the best policy to follow in all circumstances? Why or why not? Provide an example that helps illustrate your position.

? No, doing the right thing at work always is not the best policy to follow in all circumstances at work. If a person is doing professional work and he does not have the moral fiber to stand up against the dishonesty, then he should resign from the work and leave the company. Otherwise he will be guilty of committing the same inequity and even crime that others are committing and even be jailed for his complicity.
? Example, Ben F. Gibson Jr. joined Enron in1996 after a brief stint at Arthur Andersen, where he worked mainly on the Enron account. At Enron was required by the inner circle to invest money in a partnership called Southampton Place. Wanting to do the right thing, he invested $5,800. He was charged on 24 counts and is now in jail serving a five-year sentence.

STEP 2
1. If a supervisor insists that you either perform an unethical practice (The supervisor states, "That's the way it's always been done here and nobody gets hurt.") or lose your job, what will you likely do and why?

? I will first independently think of the practice and decide if it is ethical or not. If I find that it is unethical then I will not ...

Solution Summary

Five virtues of ethics are discussed in great detail in this solution.

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