Role of Value in Workplace

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Subject Area:Business

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This approach allows students to build on their capacity and in so doing, they are able to improve their confidence and enact these values confidently. A useful way to understand the business ethics curriculum is through a three-level approach known as ‘Three 3's'. i. Awareness- here is where a student gains the knowledge of differentiating ethical issues from other issues that are likely to occur in a business set up ii. Analysis- this is where a student learns to differentiate what is right or wrong in this situation iii. Action- a student learns how to act, they learn how to effectively enact and voice their values In any formal set up especially a workplace environment, there is a very high likelihood of issues that require different approaches occurring. For instance, an ethical business dilemma may arise and may require the employees to solve the issue before further damage is done to the business. In often times, people will tend to start with the sense that they know the right things to do in such an instance. This, however, comes to an end during the course of discussion to find the right course of actions as the people realize this ethical business dilemma is more complex than they previously expected. This kind of scenario is common especially when the individuals did not have all the information required. At this point, people begin to realize even if their intentions were appropriate, there are chances of unintended consequences arising as a result of their actions Gentile, M.

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C. This is when they understand that not every individual agrees on what is right even if it seems self-evident to them. The difference in intentions is mainly guided by the values that people have in their workplace. The term value has been defined by various researchers and authors from various perspectives ranging from management, theology to psychology. To many people, values are the framework upon which their thinking, acting, and feeling are based upon. Values play a very important role in influencing how we make decisions and in building our perceptions. This basically means that the moment we are able to understand our personal values, we are aware of why we act, think or feel the way we do. Once this is achieved, we can learn how to ‘know' and ‘lead' ourselves under any working environment Rokeach, M.

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Workplace values are the principles that we believe in, there are our personal standards, attitudes, and behavior we feel are suitable for work. A fortnight ago an emerging company made an order for the supply of certain electric material and Mr. John foresaw that the request made was met and payment delivered in time. it was later discovered that the company was a fake and the real request was made by an outlawed group who were planning to use the material to plan an attack. Mr. John knew his team and he was at a risk of losing their jobs if the management was made aware. The daily question was, ‘did you ask any useful question today, Isaac?'. According to Penzias, the mother was more concerned with the question that her son was asking in class rather than what he had learned.

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Penzias was influenced to this idea of this mother that he implemented it at AT$T Ben Lab. AT$T workers are highly encouraged to ask tough questions as they help to cultivate a culture of research Eraut, M. Companies that often want to perform at their best usually encourage diligence, for example, asking creative questions. Along the way, the company experienced several challenges and lost its market and it is trying to revive itself through advanced technologies and color photocopying. Two decades ago cutting losses was a prominent thinking in business but today it is quite difficult for a company to exit and reenter the market. In order to enter into a market, the cost will be prohibitive. For example, a company spends a lot of investments and find it impossible to find a justifiable reason to abandon their business.

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If a company already achieved a convenient market base, it needs to know that other firms are trying to enter into the same market. In this kind of workplace, may mean that each employee is required to think on his or her feet. Each and every employee need to solve the problem in a sensible manner from the beginning of their career. Strength and Weaknesses of Giving Voice to Value Strength Giving voice to value uses life experiences to directly solve ethical issues that are experienced in a workplace. For example, students can easily solve ethical issues that require religious approach if they have a good religious faith background. GVV also focuses on prior experience- this means that students are able to effectively solve ethical issues that are somewhat similar to already handled previous ethical issues.

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It is impossible to sustain a positive competition without looking at these values. Values motivate and sustain the behavior of employees. References Christian, M. S. Bradley, J. Gentile, M. C. Giving voice to values: How to speak your mind when you know what? S Right. Yale University Press. Rokeach, M.

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