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    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.
  • #623417
    Professional ethics depends on an individuals sense of responsibility and morals. At the same time, the atmosphere around will also make a lot of difference in the saying. Similarly, the position of the individual will also affect the ethics. A lawyer who is supposed to be the guardian of truth and justice will forget that in the influence of money as he has many responsibilities from his family to respond. A minister in the government who takes the oath of upkeeping the secrets of the government and work for justice will also go on the other side to make his remaining life happy. Like this, a doctor who is supposed protect the lives of the people forget to do that if the patient is not able to give him the required fee. Above all, in a governemnt office if one employee wants to be ethical and not to accept any bribes he will be never allowed to function there as the others will also not get the bribes. In all situations, the money is playing an important role than ethics. It is the order of the day.
    drrao
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  • #623427
    Professional ethics is defined as the personal and corporate rules (written and unwritten) that govern the conduct of a person within the context of the particular profession he is in to. The accepted definition being so, I think one's professional ethics should not even be influenced by situations. Ethics is connected to the moral of a person and so once he takes up a profession he is morally bound to follow the rules that are supposed to govern him. I have heard that traditional woodcutters used to seek pardon from the trees before chopping them down; it is not a written rule and may be written off as a mere belief or superstition but such an act was considered to be a part of professional ethics and it used to be religiously followed. Being in a corrupt environment does not mean that you should also become corrupt; you may have to speak out at the cost of being stamped as a black sheep and might even have to suffer some harassment at the hands of others. But that is what is all about professional ethics. So, I agree that professional ethics depend on our inner moral sense but disagree that it is prone to be influenced by situations.
    'It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it'. - Aristotle.


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