Ethical Dilemma Free Essay

Features of Solving the Ethical Dilemma in Which Personal Interests Are Opposed to Professional Ethics

 

The employee’s behavior in the case described is ethically doubtful. Despite the fact he has formal right for his vacation and unpaid days offs, the consequences of his actions have negative effect on other employees. They have problems with paper work due to his absence.  From the one hand it is evident that employees should have the chance to take days off in the case of necessity. From the other hand, work ethics assumes responsible attitude to the working process and to one’s responsibilities. The employee pursues his own goals, but does not thing about the impact his actions have on other people. While he takes time off, other employees have to make his work and accomplish his tasks.  In addition, his actions ruin working atmosphere in the office and become an example of unethical behavior. In this case we can speak about ethical dilemma.  According to formal regulations, the employee had the  right to take days off and vacations, but according to work ethics he failed to follow ethical norms. If he had agreed his days offs and vacations with other employees, or had  found   the person to replace him and fulfill his duties during his absence, he would have completed his ethical obligations.  It is evident that other employees have little chance to influence the situation when one employee is frequently absent and does not fulfill his duties. In addition, it is evident that the employee, who often took days offs, do not care much not only his co-workers, but also about his work itself. He  was not worried about the possible failure of his colleagues and his organization.

Work ethics consists of set of regulations and ethical norms, which regulates employees’ behavior. Usually work ethic includes responsibility, loyalty, cooperation with other employees and dedication to organizational goals. Despite ethical norms are not always easy to put in work statue, it is these regulations, which often ensure the effectiveness of the organization.  The employee, described in the example does not follow a work ethics.  According to ethics, developed by St. Augustine, people should learn from lessons of life.  He also believes that faith is the most important thing and it should precede logics. “Although reason and faith wisely go hand in hand, it is faith which must come first and last, and it is God which gives the gift of reason to us.” According to this logic, the employee should feel the consequences of his unethical behavior. For this purpose, it is possible to enhance his work load when he comes back to work. this would be fair since it will help other employees and can become a compensation of their previous effort.

In the case described it is possible to suggest the employee had serious reasons for long absence from the workplace. In this case, he should followed the ethical norms and regulations and have talked to his bosses and his colleagues in order to find possible solutions for everybody to stay satisfied.  Aquinas insists that all people have conscience, which is a gift of God. He points out that people are not evil. In the case with the employee, he, must probably, would have stated   that the employee did not have bad intentions and thus couldn’t be judged.  The employee could not overcome temptation, but he should be given another chance to become good.  Following  Aquinas’ logics, he is likely to suggest “to buckle the backs of a man with guilt and fear will cause the worst of the worst to come out. Let us unshackle these good people from their guilt. Let us provide them with a view of the light which faith can give them. Let them understand the path of right and wrong which we can light for them.”  According to Aquinas, the employee should have the chance to understand his guilt. Most probable, Aquinas would have made an effort to explain the employee the wrongfulness of his choices.

References

Thomas Aquinas, St. Disputed Questions on the Virtues. (2005). Trans. E.M. Atkins. Eds. E.M. Atkins and Thomas Williams. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Augustine. Confessions. (1993). Trans. F.J. Sheed. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing.

Brock, Stephen. 1998. Action and Conduct: Thomas Aquinas and the Theory of Action. T & T Clark International.

 

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