Ethics. A word that often makes people cringe because they associate ethics with boring lessons that are not connected to the realities of life. Yet, ethics form the foundation for how we treat other people, they are the reason we have laws, and they make our lives safer, happier and healthier.
For the past few years, corporations have been in the ethics spotlight as the press and employees uncover scams involving selling harmful products, misrepresenting products or services, using private information for profit, cheating, bribery, or lying that have damaged corporate brands and destroyed careers.
The ethics around use of personal data gathered from social media or from email, phones, and websites has become a topic that is debated almost daily.
Because of numerous cases of unethical practices, more organizations are creating positions for chief ethical officers, drawing up specific ethical guidelines, spending time to educate employees, and trying to ensure that every employee acts in an ethical way.
Many universities have established centers of ethics where business leaders can learn about ethics and bring ethical dilemmas for discussion. Most organizations now have written ethical guidelines for employees and require managers to hold periodic ethical discussions.
Below are a handful of excellent articles that discuss ethics in general as well as ethics directed at recruiters.