Why Ethics Matter

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Why Ethics Matters

There are many situations in which ethical perspectives are in contrast to another person's opinion on the same subject matter. Every person has found themselves looking over his shoulder asking himself "am I doing the right thing?" Ethics is what a person does when no one is watching. Whether it is a corporation or a government entity, they all expect their employees to behave ethically.
What are ethics? Webster defines ethics as "a set of moral principles" or "a theory or system of moral values". A person's ethics can depend on how he grew up, his education, his religious preference and his life experiences. Life experiences more than anything else can define a person's ethical nature. A bad experience can leave a
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This information includes social security numbers and medical histories. The entire company is trained to do the "right thing when no one is watching" via DRIVE training, annual compliance training and HIPAA training. Every individual within the corporation must attend each of these trainings. Each training program is devoted to good ethical behavior, promotes ethical behavior or builds upon other ethical training programs. When an employee completes these programs there are no doubts about what is right or wrong. HCSC has long followed their chosen motto "Chose the right path."
The United States Government relies heavily on compliance to keep America running smoothly. There are many programs set up to keep different businesses in line and regulated. For the safety of the American community, everything that is imported from other countries is subject to some kind of regulation. These regulations prevent unethical behavior such as theft, fraud, embezzlement, bribery, misappropriation or conversion of property, false statements to the government, discriminatory employment practices and violations of environmental or workplace safety laws. In a cast study of a negative ethical experience, an unethical decision cost a Supervisor her job. Why? She chose the wrong path. This Supervisor heard a rumor of an employee that was terminally ill. She immediately sent an


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