A COLLEAGUE CAME TO ME the other day in confidence asking for some insights regarding the delicate issue of ethics in the workplace. In a stressed economy it’s never easy to to make decisions driven from the conscience alone. The political landscape inside of troubled companies can be dangerous and fraught with poor communication and survivalist mentalities.
Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005) educator, politician and author poses a difficult dilemma, When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses. Idealists rarely become millionaires because they are consumed by human needs and social interactions. In terms of pure profit, unhealthy businesses and organizations rarely sustain themselves because they are incapable of creating vital interactive work environments. Myopic organizations rarely take the time to examine themselves in terms of moral and ethical rubrics. Decisions of the conscience are extremely difficult with life-changing consequences. Taking the long view, consistent moral and ethical behaviors will ultimately lead to more desirable and fruitful livelihoods.