BCS-BE-11: The student compares and contrasts common ethical issues.
BCS-BE-12: The student evaluates personal responsibility of ethical behavior.
BCS-BE-13: The student investigates the relationship between ethics and law.
BCS-BE-14: The student derives the importance of employer/employee
BCS-BE-15: The student evaluates the impact of technology on business ethics.
The principles of right and wrong that
guides an individual in making decisions
in their personal, social, or professional
Don’t get confused with “morals” or “values”
– these are individual beliefs
Ethics are principles that are mutually agreed
upon by an entire society
AKA - your conscience
Has a lot to do with your personal character
and integrity (what you do when nobody’s
Providing unsafe environment to employees
Unfair treatment of employees and/or
A set of guidelines for maintaining ethics in
Most companies develop their own individual
“code of ethics”
Many unethical behaviors lead to legislation
that makes those behaviors illegal.
The U.S. Department of Labor
estimates that 80 percent of
“terminated” workers lost their job
because of poor work ethics - NOT
due to a lack of technical skills
Excessive emphasis on profits
Misplaced business loyalty
Personal advancement (promotion)
Don’t think you’ll get caught
Environment is unethical
Unwillingness to take a stand
Is the action legal?
Does the action violate the company code of
Does the action harm anyone negatively?
OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health
A division of the U.S. Department of Labor
Sets and enforces work-related health and safety
Strong Employability Skills
Good Work Ethics
Job Security (better chance for more
secure and longer term employment.)
Decide if the individual
made an ethical
decision and then use
the 3 –step checklist to
Coach Suddeth is having a cookout this weekend.
At home, he printed out invitations for his friends,
but ran out of paper. The next day at school, he
brought home a pack of printer paper from work to
finish printing his invitations.
Jeff and Mike have been best friends for 10
years. Jeff and his girlfriend recently had some
problems and broke-up. The next day, Mike
asked her to the prom.
Kyle works for a non-profit organization.
Recently, he found a list of computer
passwords near the copier. He started using
these passwords to look at other employee’s e-
Kendra applied for a payroll clerk position at a
marketing research firm. To improve her
chances, she exaggerated her work experience
on her resume.
A committee was assigned to interview
potential job candidates. In their decision-
making process, Bob voted against 1 of the
candidates, saying “she graduated college last
month, she can’t possibly know anything about
Kelly had a large supply of prescription
medication, much more than she needed for
her personal use. She decided to distribute the
surplus to some of her friends.
Vaughn made a personal long distance phone
call from his office phone. The long distance
fees will be charged to his business account
Mr. Manning hired his son, Peyton, to work
after school as an office assistant. Peyton
comes to work every afternoon and earns
$10.00 per hour. During this time, he
completes his homework, sends text messages
to his friends, and plays computer games. Mr.
Manning knows his business does not need an
office assistant, but feels this is a good way for
his son to earn spending money.
Create your own case scenarios that deal with
Develop 6 “pretend” stories
2 have to be in a school setting
2 have to be in a social setting
2 have to be in a workplace setting