Employment and Personal Values Essays

809 Words Nov 19th, 2012 4 Pages
| What do you do if your personal values are in conflict with organizational/interpersonal business protocols? | Reaction Paper – Week 2 | Professional Development MBA-525-MBOL5 | Kelly M. Mistretta | 7/15/2012 |


Values are a part of each of us. Our value system is influenced from birth by family members. As we grow, our values continue to be shaped by our family, in addition to outside influences such as teachers, friends and other mentors. In our professional life, we will most likely be faced at some point in time, with a conflict between our personal values and a professional situation. It is important to handle the conflict with dignity and to find a solution to the conflict in which your individual values are
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All employees should have a copy of the Code of Conduct to refer to so that they know what is considered acceptable conduct, how to handle and report misconduct and the potential penalties for misconduct. Relationships with employees, peers and bosses can cause conflict for management. “The dilemma is further complicated by the fact that these critical people may have contrary goals and competing needs. A misstep in handling an ethical issue may well affect a relationship, or linger on the conscience, for years to come.” (Maddux, 7) As an employee, when faced with a situation that goes against your personal beliefs, you must make sure that regardless of the outcome, you have a clear conscience and feel comfortable with your decisions and actions. An example of personal values conflicting with business values for me occurs on an almost daily basis with a co-worker. This person plays Christian music loudly at her cubicle throughout the day. Personally, I do not have a problem with the Christian music. In fact, I listen to a Christian radio station in my vehicle constantly. However, I do not agree that the workplace is the best place to play this music. We see a variety of customers throughout the day who have different beliefs and values than we do. Furthermore, we work in a government office and have to be very careful not to cross over an imaginary line. I personally would be offended if I visited a

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