To develop an ethical statement which deals with situations within the workplace, I explored many different ethical theories to determine which theory reflects my personality and characteristics. I found that the Divine theory was the most suitable theory which was inline with my belief and my personality. The divine theory holds an aspect of all the theories I explored but inline to the divine creator. Some of the theories explored were, utilitarianism – the action is right if it promotes the best consequence, and deontology – the action is right if it is in accordance with the moral rule of principle. Using the Divine Theory, I developed a personal ethical statement focusing on the workplace.
Living in a complex society with the emergence of technology and the competitiveness of human will to succeed financially, ethics is still an integral aspect in our complex society. Although there are many philosophies which hold true to the present world we ex ist in, there is one which prevails in preventing the destruction of organizations and society, the divine command theory.“The Devine command theory is based on an idea that good actions are those align ed with the will of God and bad actions are those contrary to the will of God” (Quinn and Michael, 66). In The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version Containing the Old and New Testaments , Proverb 30:5 states, “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” Living in a complex society and having an imperfect nature, I believe in the subscription of a perfect guideline to curve our imperfect nature. The words of the divine command embrace some of my key values which ar e motivation, love, intelligence, success, and ambition.
I believe that in order for action to occur, there must be motivation whether internal or external. I believe when internal motivation is establish, self-est eem enhances. Thus, external motivation to assist a fellow co-worker is successful when motivator has inte rnal motivation. However, for positive internal motivation to exist, motivation must follow the guideline of the divine command. With that said, to help protect an organization and client, I will help encourage positive motivation within the workplace. This is a gift which I believe is given to me and would like the opportunity to motivate people in the workplace. “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is show ing mercy, let him do it cheerfully (Rom12:6-8.)” The divine command encourages the uses of the people’s gift for the benefit of other.
Love is a transcending force that all humans should share. I believe in unconditionally loving the people in our life or the work we do. “There are many types of love which including preferential love,” as Sharon Krishek stated. Krishek believes that love comes from self. However, I believe that love transcended from the divine being into everyone. It is people’s duty to nurture the divine love within us in order to transform the divine love into a love which aligns with the divine command. You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt 22:39). As a professional in the work place, I believe in treating everyone equally and not being exclusive to one particular worker. I believe in being a supportive role player and an effective stand-in. When I am called to lead, I will not dictate, but allow ever yone to participate in decision making. I will always act respectful to them and not be annoying. Keep this in mind, I will be able to show love to everyone within the workplace and not make anyone feel indifferent to each other.
A person’s intelligence is feed by knowledge and wisdom. I appreciate intelligence because it helps define your character. Within a workplace or a group, I believe that persons should show a high level of intelligence within their specialization. However, Intelligence should not be used as a means to create artificial intelligence to cr eate a “stand –in for God in our own image (Herzfeld, 315).” Meaning, we should not use intelligence to create objects that w ould replace the emotions of God. I will help my co- workers to develop their creativity, leadership, and persu asiveness, if they lack in any one of these areas. I believe in intelligence which will help achieve organizational goals and individual develop.
Success is the fruit of our labor. I believe that every man should want to be successful in his/her endeavors as a form of appreciation of the skills and gifts given to us from God. I believe in placing maximum effort into the task an employer gives me. To increase my efficiency at a task, I will analyze my performance and make the required changes. While achieving success, I will try to positively impact the organization and the society. My responsibility within an organization is to help meet the organizations objectives. Achieving the organization objectives may including working extra hours, taking initiative, and assuming responsibly. I will be a diligent, innovative, and responsible worker for the organization I work for.
I believe that to gauge success we need to have realistic ambition. In the divine command there are ways that we can achieve a realistic ambition. One example is in Philippians 2:3 of the Holy Bible, which say, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or va in conceit, but in humility co nsider others better than yourselves.” If the work I am doing requires that I may have to request assistance to achieve the organization’s objective, I will. In the process, I wi ll be humble to the person who is assisting me. My ambitions should always be realistic. I believe that not having a realistic ambition opens us up to negative internal motivation.
I believe it is my duty to help build a moral society while developing my own personal character. There are lessons learnt along the way whiles building a strong character and striving for success, which can be examples to those who follow the path to su ccess. Many people think that they can only learn from their experience. I am one who believes that someone experience can be other’s experience. Sharing the values of the divine command, though matter the magnitude of the message, is a duty I embrace, even in the process of se lf development. In the organizati on, I will demonstrate my commitment to community development by making myself availabl e for any charitable event that the company takes on. Overall, my journey in this sphere is to help protect the domain we exist in. in keeping with companies policies, I will ensure that awareness of the environment and human development is a major part of the companies mission. I will serve as a reminder that we are there to serve and to meet the needs of the people we provide services to. In relations to the product and services that my employer provides, I will ensure that they do not pose a threat to the existence of mankind, and if they do, I will work diligently to help improve the product or services. Motivation, love, intelligence, success, and ambition, all which creates a strong character, in the realm of divi ne theory, are the values of ethics I embrace.
Written by K.M.Severin
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