In the scenario that my colleague was talking about the boss’s son on the phone, I would tell my colleague that her conversation on the phone was unethical. Respecting the boss in any organization is always mandatory. I would advise my colleague to keep information regarding the agency confidential as this is what is required by all employees, and that if she was heard by others divulging information about the boss it could cause problems for my colleague at the work place.
In the case that I was a brand new employee in the agency and one of my colleagues is going against company policy by giving contacts to clients, I would assess why the other colleagues are not whistle blowing on the irregularity. The culture in the specific region should be one that enhances whistle blowing and facilitates freedom of expression by all (Johnson, 2003). Whistle blowing should be able to deter damage from happening to me as a new employee and the others. If the culture is favorable, I would report the matter to the agency’s management.
In the event that I saw a co-worker with one of the clients, I would not report my colleague and would advise him, or her to desist from having such meetings as this would create conflict of interest with the agency. This is because in handling cases such as reporting the employee it could destroy the client’s relationship with the company (Sharp, 2006). However, on subsequent meetings, I would report my co-worker to the agency’s management to handle the issue. It would not matter whether the client is male or female. This is because the agency is against having relationships with any client.
I would defend my professional judgment to someone with a differing opinion by using the art of Aristotle’s logos in the discourse. By using logos, I would try to use the facts that contributed in the decision that I made. Additionally, I would want to listen to the other person’s judgments and decisions. Listening is a prerequisite in gaining more information on anything (Wood, 2013). Since communication is two way, it will be fair to listen to the opposing side of the judgments’ and decision in order to come to an understanding.
By listening to the opposing side of my decisions, I would be confident in my legal and professional expertise. This is because in making the decisions I had to consider several inputs. Different situations attract different decision making tasks (Erlbaum, 2005). Arrangement in the making of decisions has to be taken into consideration. The effect of the decision in the organization has to be considered in passing a judgment or in decision making. Having factored all this in decision making, I will be confident with my legal and professional responsibilities.
I feel I have a working knowledge on ethical principals. However, my knowledge on ethical and decision making will be improved in engaging with other employees in discourse about the organization. Moreover, by inculcating participation and reviewing past decision making in the organization and their outcomes, my skills will be greatly enhanced. Further, it will enhance harmonious relationships at work in which everyone will appreciate their contribution towards the common goal of the agency.
In response to Q2, participation encourages inclusivity. This is because highly expressive individuals are imaginative and interpret communication in a different way unlike the rest of the society. Thus, to discern the logic of the opposition, inclusivity is necessary. Logical insights into decision making should be taken into consideration.
In response to Q1, ethical considerations are a priority over individual interests. Whistle blowing, prevents the interests of all being exploited for the benefit of few individuals. Eventually, it can facilitate the sustenance or the collapse of any company or agency in the long run.
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Johnson, R. A. (2003). Whistleblowing: When it works and why. Boulder [u.a.: Rienner.
Sharp, D. J. (2006). Cases in business ethics. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage Publications.
Wood, J. T. (2013). Interpersonal communication: Everyday encounters. Boston, MA: Wadsworth.