Ethical Dilema Essay

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Ethics are not something that has just recently come into existence. Ethics have been around since the beginning of human kind. Ethical values are based on many sources to include culture, religion, family, and more. These sources influence a person’s ethical values. Ethical decisions are a product of making the correct choice in a situation that can have enticing choices. When a person stands up and does what he or she has promised to do, standing up for the right things even when there is no one around to see it that is being ethical. When people decide to be dishonest, they are choosing to put themselves in a situation that they may never recover from. This is true in personal life and in business. For this paper I have chosen a situation that happened at the last place I worked for my ethical dilemma. I was the Director of Childcare at a large private school. I was in charge of hiring and training staff, scheduling, ordering, billing, and firing, when necessary. Each of my staff had to sign and agree to the church and school’s mission statement, policies, and lifestyle. Part of each employment packet holds the employee handbook with these documents. Most employees, or potential employees, will sign the documents without even looking at them. Because the place I worked for was a “Christian” school, we were able to set religious requirements for the staff. The employee handbook also states that their employment is subject to at-will termination, which is defined as: “A common-law rule that an employment contract of indefinite duration can be terminated by either the employer or the employee at any time for any reason; also known as terminable at will” ("Employment at will ," 2011). When I took over as Director, the program was a mess. There were no employee evaluations in place to document issues that may arise. Before I was there a year, I had

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