BEING TRUTHFUL 1
Ethical issues occur in a variety of situations due to complexcircumstances. In many instances, such dilemmas arise suddenly andescalate quickly. Hence, it is prudent to develop a proper plan ofaction to address any situation. Sufficient contingencies can helpone not only to avoid but also overcome ethical issues at theworkplace. Employees are often confronted with tempting situations.For example, they may be required to present false information thatoverstates their accomplishments (Banks, 2015). Misleading detailscould also save the company from liabilities or prosecution. Somemanagers force their subordinates to falsify documents at theworkplace. In this paper, I will show that Christians can handleethical issues by training their conscience and relying on legalprovisions.
The conscience acts as an internal judge that evaluates the moralityof a person’s thoughts and actions. Helpful actions are approved bythe conscience and hence build an individual’s self-respect. Forexample, an employee feels valued when their contributions lead tofavorable outcomes. An increase in a firm’s revenue or market sharemay reflect the diligence of staff members. However, an individual’ssense of right and wrong could be blurred when they persist in apattern of harmful behavior. Workers with a pattern of arriving lateand leaving early may come to undermine their responsibilities.Employees may also develop a habit of stealing funds or otherresources from the company (Banks, 2015). In fact, such persons mayrationalize their actions by claiming to receive low salaries. Theymay also blame the company for unjust treatment or exploitation.Hence, these workers would find it difficult to handle ethicalissues.
Christians should train their conscience to be sensitive towardswrong conduct. It is important to develop a pattern of diligence andreliability. Employees should report any incidents of theftperpetrated by fellow workers. Punctuality also helps to create asense of personal responsibility. Christians should meditate on thehonorable purpose of work in God’s arrangement. For instance,employment helps an individual to cater for family obligations.Furthermore, diligent work enables a Christian to have resources thatcan help needy people in the community. Honesty at the workplacebrings glory to the Creator since people would be impressed with theemployee’s actions. Therefore, training one’s conscience wouldmake it easier to avoid presenting false information.
Employees usually feel compelled to present misleading informationdue to the threat of being fired. Managers intimidate their workersto act in a certain manner that serves the former’s interests. Thedifficulty associated with securing and maintaining jobs createsdesperation. Workers are typically willing to do whatever it takes tosatisfy their supervisors. However, legal provisions prohibitemployers from using unfair premises to terminate their staff. Forinstance, an exception to the employment-at-will doctrine protectsworkers who object to illegal acts (Dau-Schmidt, Finkin, &Covington, 2016). Employers have no right to force their staff tofalsify documents on the former’s behalf. Christians can use suchstatutes to avoid presenting false information since the likelihoodof being fired is quite low.
Indeed, a Christian can overcome ethical issues by using legalprovisions and training their conscience. Workers may be asked topresent false information that could help the company to avoidcertain obligations. Many employers intimidate their staff members byusing the threat of termination. Nevertheless, Christians can uselegal provisions to overcome such challenges. Exceptions to theemployment-at-will doctrine allow workers to refuse to performillegal acts on behalf of the employer. Christians can also traintheir conscience to be more sensitive to dishonesty. Hence, they canhandle ethical issues quite successfully.
Banks, S. (2015). Social work ethics. St. Louis, Missouri:Elsevier.
Dau-Schmidt, K. G., Finkin, M., & Covington, R. (2016). Legalprotection for the individual employee. Burlington, NC: WestAcademic.