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When you look around these days, it's easy to feel a little alarmed by the state of interpersonal relations. Whether at work or in our personal lives, it's just not easy to get along with everyone. Whatever the cause, it seems many of us are having an increasingly difficult time communicating well with each other, and it often seems that a lack of empathy is one of the reasons behind that problem.
One of the most deeply ingrained myths about business ethics is that ethical values vary from culture to culture. According to this idea, in the United States we believe it's wrong for a company to bribe a potential client to get their business. In some other countries, however, this practice is accepted and even common.
But just because a practice is accepted doesn't mean it is acceptable.
In September, Georgia Tech employees were asked to provide feedback to leadership on the state of the Institute’s ethical climate and culture. More than 50 percent of employees did so, and all will soon have a chance to learn the full findings of the assessment.
Last week, representatives of the University of North Georgia’s BB&T Center for Ethical Leadership — which was contracted to facilitate the survey — briefed a preliminary draft of the Ethical Culture Indicator (ECI) with President G.P. “Bud” Peterson and senior leadership. The briefing was the first step in a plan to share the survey results with employees.
Medical and business ethics have traditionally been kept separate but with the emergence of technology, innovation and consumer demand the merging of ethical principles have occurred.
When a conversation leaves you unsettled, it typically means that a personal principle or value has been confronted and you are trying to reconcile the content. In health care we see this happen every day.
Please feel free to contact the Ethikos Weekly Newsletter editor Margaret Dragon.
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