Situations significantly influence our Professional Ethics
Should professional ethics be dependent on the contextual situation? Would you change your work ethics as per the demand of the situation?
Most professional sign a contract or take an oath to uphold honesty, truth and the values of the job, yet time and again we hear or see it being broken.
Professional ethics vary a little from sector to sector but the core principles remain the same. A lawyer who has to uphold the truth turns a blind eye, a doctor who has to do the best for the patient stumbles, a politician who has to improve the lives of the people forgets and enriches his or her own lives, so on.
There would be many such examples but all means that Professional Ethics has taken a beating. Often it is the individual who is at fault but I think the situations also play a vital role. Working in a place where corruption is the norm makes a compromise much easy, external pressure from people in power and anti-social elements often influence the decision of a police officer or lawyer. Money and targets influence the practices of a salesman or a doctor. Favors owed and family sentiments also influence the appointment of a less worthy candidate overlooking much more skilled people.
So, our Professional ethics depends on our inner moral sense of right vs wrong and also on the situations that we find ourselves in.